The Meyerson organ gets a brilliant workout from Nathan Laube

Dallas Morning News
By: Scott Cantrell

Not yet 30, Nathan Laube is universally acclaimed as one of the most brilliant organists on the concert circuit, with an encyclopedic knowledge of different organ-building traditions and performance practices. On the faculty of the Eastman School of Music since 2013, he's also one of the nicest guys in the organ world. Everybody likes him.

Laube brought his brilliance to the Meyerson Symphony Center on Wednesday night for the last of this season's Dallas Symphony Orchestra Opus 100 recitals on the hall's powerful C.B. Fisk organ. Joining the local audience were some 300 organists from as far away as New York, here for a regional convention of the American Guild of Organists.

The recital began with a Sonata eroica that certainly earned its name with a heroic onslaught of organ sound. The work of the Belgian composer Joseph Jongen (whose brilliant Symphonie concertante for organ and orchestra is way overdue for a DSO revival), it worked down and up the dynamic and coloristic range, Laube dispensing everything — from memory — with the greatest flair.

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