Reviewer: Christo Lelie
From 1967 to 1989 Arie J. Keijzer was organist of the large Flentrop organ in the Doelen concert hall in Rotterdam. Over the years his recitals included the complete works of Bach and Franck. The auditorium was often packed, and many thousands of organ lovers enjoyed Keijzer's playing, which was always tasteful and stylistically uncompromising. He frequently performed works of his own.
The early recordings sound very lively, and the Flentrop organ is most convincing on this CD. This is also true of Keijzer's monumental and accomplished performance of Bach's Prelude and fugue in E minor (BWV 548) and Buxtehude's Magnificat primi toni. Particularly fascinating is Keijzer's own four-movement Suite for organ. The work has an unrelenting logic and form. Employing limited tonal means, the composer achieves the very greatest dramatic effect.
Reviewer: André Kruijf
Bach is given a robust and well-balanced performance, fascinating from start to finish and not in the least dated. The same is true of the tasteful interpretation of Buxtehude's Magnificat. In the Third Choral too Keijzer succeeds in captivating the listener.
Reviewer: Frits Haaze
The performance of J.S. Bach's Prelude and fugue in E minor BWV 548 is quite splendid, with a fine tempo and lively interpretation. Buxtehude's Magnificat primi toni is most colourful. Also on the programme is Keijzer's own Suite for organ. It is no secret that he is an original composer who employs a contemporary idiom to write music with an urgency of its own. The organ in the Doelen has to be admired: it is a princely monument of its time. It is most appropriate that this important instrument and this prominent organist and composer are given the attention they deserve.
Reviewer: Aad Alblas
Source: Klassieke Zaken
Keijzer's playing is identifiable in its robustness in Baroque works (Bach and Buxtehude) and its intimacy and elegance in romantic music (Franck). Much of the recording is reserved for his own four-movement Suite for organ, in which he portrays the musical process of creation. This recording of Keijzer is an imperial document.
Reviewer: Cornelis van Zwol
Source: De Orgelvriend
Keijzer's Bach is as firm as a house: the E minor is one of Bach's greatest organ works, and the performer demonstrates that even beyond the imposing space of a church it can retain every bit of its grandeur. In Dietrich Buxtehude's Magnificat primi toni Keijzer 'colours' the different verses most imaginatively, doing full justice to the form and structure of the work. This issue is an important souvenir of the extensive period (1967-1989) when Arie J. Keijzer was organist of the Doelen concert hall in Rotterdam.
Reviewer: Herman van Hartingsveldt
Source: Gereformeerd Kerkblad
Open and honest, that's how I would describe his playing. In some 15 minutes, Bach's Prelude and fugue in E minor is given a convincing performance.