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Paul Jacobs

  • Organist


Paul Jacobs press reviews

“Mr. Jacobs is not only a monumentally talented and thoughtful musician, he is also a dynamic performer. He understands those things which which are needed to excite and captivate an audience, like the visual aspect of performance. The two screens he had made available gave the audience what they want to see, in particular the pedal work. He understands that the visceral, no matter how superfluous it seems to the experienced concertgoer, is what draws the novice in — especially when one observes the deftness with which he manipulated the console in order to achieve what was ultimately a superlative musical end.“   - Kimmel Center Recital,, May 17, 2010

“He made the music come alive--particularly through imaginative and frequent shifts in registration--to such an extent that I could scarcely imagine that organ music exists on the periphery of classical-music culture. Secondly, his physical performance at the console--a kind of entrancing choreography of dancing feet and gesturing arms--presented a musician whose artistry is very much connected to the embodied act of playing. Watching Jacobs is a thrilling experience...“   - Recital, Davies Symphony Hall, The San Francisco Examiner, January 21, 2010

“In addition to being a splendidly played musical event, it was there to make a sort of pitch for both the Ruffatti and for organ music in general. To that end, Jacobs made sure to include a range of music, from familiar (a vigorously paced Bach encore) to obscure, and from expansive to intimate. All of it was delivered with elegance, imagination and fervor, and nearly all of it made its mark.“   - Recital, Davies Symphony Hall, Joshua Kosman for The San Francisco Chronicle, January 19, 2010

“Impressive as he was for the fluidity of his technique, the flexibility of his phrasing and the astonishing virtuosity of his pedal work, the most memorable aspect of Jacobs’s recital was his imaginative and always appropriate choices of registration -- the assignment of specific bits of the score to specific stops, each with its own timbre.“   - Recital in San Antonio, INCIDENTAL LIGHT, October 8, 2009

“Mr. Jacobs dispatched the music with rollicking energy and uncanny transparency. His command was undiminished during the subsequent work... That he received a standing ovation was no surprise.“   - Bach Trio Sonatas, The Juilliard School, Anthony Tommasini for the New York Times, September 16, 2009

“A really terrific concert...One would have been happy to go back and hear it all again when Jacobs had finished.“   - Recital, Anne Midgette for The Washington Post, September 30, 2008

“In some ways a work like the “Livre” is perfect for him: It demands virtuosity but resists showiness. Mr. Jacobs tapped into its otherworldly drama but kept its central purpose — evoking, exploring and celebrating the great spiritual mysteries — fully in focus.“   - Messiaen‘s "Livre du Saint Sacrement", The New York Times, October 11, 2007