Feike Asma, Beloved Dutch Organist -- Retrospective

Feike Asma, Beloved Dutch Organist -- Retrospective
Passionate Dutch Organist Feike Asma (1912-1984) polarized the Dutch organ scene in the latter half of the 20th century, having developed a passionate and expressive style that made him a frequent recitalist who brought large audiences and many people to the organ, but who also refused to slavishly serve the instructions of a composer if he could bring the composer’s intent to an audience through his own means. Writes organist Herman van Vliet, “His interpretations of the great organ repertoire were monuments in sound. . . He possessed a natural understanding of tension and its release, for timing, rubato, style of playing and touch, and for colorful and dynamic registrations.” The Festivo label presents several retrospective CDs of Feike Asma, both live concerts and recording sessions.