Reviewer: Lourens Stuifbergen
Source: De Orgelvriend
The sturdy opening movement of the Second Symphony, Allegro Maestoso, performed by Keijzer with considerable verve, is followed by a fine, contrasting second movement in da capo form. The first and last sections feature lyrical melodic lines combined with a counter-melody in the left hand, while the intermediate section is a virtuosic and capricious scherzando. After the third movement, a lively, catching Scherzo in a modern, dissonant idiom, a short and melodic Adagio forms a transition to an imposing finale, an effervescent toccata in which the main theme of the first movement returns in the pedal. In this manner a well-balanced whole is created, with the sparkling Scherzo in the very centre.
In the Third Symphony, entitled Resurrection Symphony, each movement is based on a hymn or chorale, urging the listener to follow the path from Golgotha to the sepulchre on Easter morning, from which Christ has just arisen from the dead. Very fine are the meditations part 1 (Als ik in gedachten sta bij het Kruis van Golgotha) and part 3 (Wees gegroet, gij eersteling der dagen). The vehement treatment of part 2 (Mijn God, mijn God, waarom verlaat Gij mij?) employs many heartrending dissonances and plaintive repeated notes, which are very penetrating while at the same time providing the necessary contrast. Part 5 (Ik zeg het allen dat Hij leeft, dat Hij verrezen is) represents the greatest apotheosis of this symphony. An attractive aspect of this recording is that the real apotheosis is formed by the impressive congregational singing at the close. It has a wonderful effect!
On the quality of the performance I can be brief. Arie J. Keijzer is an organist with an enormous record of service (already in 1987). A composer is not always the best interpreter of his own music, but their can be no doubt about that here.