Rhapsody after Art
By Alcée Chriss III. This spectacular work for organ is loosely based on an improvisation by Tatum and offers a new perspective on his music in a translation from the piano to the organ. Clearly inspired by Tatum’s style and idiosyncrasy, Chriss’ score takes a departure from the source early on. While infusing the work with hints of Dupré, and Bach, and even Chopin, Chriss brings his own technical mastery of the organ to bear in a tour de force of expressive wonder.