RECITAL REVIEWS

"Whiteley performs with clarity and depth."
The American Organist, February 2004
 
"The hallmarks of Whiteley's style of playing – theatricality, dynamism, self-assurance and clarity."
The Diapason, January 2004
 
John Scott Whiteley projected the lively humour of Rossini's Thieving Magpie overture with great flair … and gave a superbly-paced account of Bach's E Minor (Wedge) Prelude and fugue.  After a gracefully flowing account of Franck's Cantabile came an electrifying performance of Jongen's Sonata Eroïca.
Derby Evening Telegraph, August 2000
 
John Scott Whiteley … produced tasteful registration and… many heaven-storming climaxes.  A brilliant recital.
The Organ, Autumn 1999
 
It was fantastic!
Prince Charles, re JSW's playing in York Minster, November 1998
 
The Messiaen Meditations … played during the York Festival … showed … John Scott Whiteley's great insight into the innermost character of the music as well as his remarkable technical gifts.
York Evening Press, July 1988
 
I listened .. with rapture.  John Scott Whiteley's performances were univerally sympathetic and technically very accomplished
Choir and Organ, February 1994
 
[Royal Festival Hall:]
"Mr. Whiteley's account of Jongen's Sonata Eroïca was a tour de force of brilliant organ playing."
Sunday Times, London, March 1983
 
… technically brilliant
Financial Times, London, March 1983
 

CD REVIEWS

John Scott Whiteley's playing is immaculate. [The Romantic Organ]
The Gramophone, February 1996
 
The general effect is most impressive.  It is a thoroughly satisfying experience.  Organ collectors will delight in this recording. [Great Romantic Organ Music]
The Gramophone, September 1987
 
De organist demonstreert een verbluffende techniek.  Als vertolker is Whiteley een gewetensvol organist … opmerkelijke expressie bereikt.  The organist demonstrates a stunnng technique.  Whiteley's playing is thoughtful … with remarkable expression. [Great Romantic Organ Music]
Luister, Amsterdam, December 1987
 
Excellent playing … making excellent use of (the organ's) resources with skill and imagination.  Top marks! [Haderslev]
Organists' Review, 1991
 
John Scott Whiteley's playing is full of flair … exhilarating … and the grand Liszt piece (BACH) is overwhelming.  The opening Tournemire Improvisation is very arresting indeed. [Great Romantic Organ Music]
The New Penguin Guide to CDs, 1990
 
The peerless interpretation and technique of York Minster's John Scott Whiteley provides for absorbing listening … elucidating (his) reputation as a front-rank player. [Haarlem]
The American Organist, 1991
 

DVD REVIEWS

"John Scott Whiteley's complete organ works of Bach … on BBC2 [television] … is a triumph, visually as well as musically.  The highlight has been the Prelude and 'Wedge' fugue in E minor .. and we heard the Prelude and fugue in G Major played with scrupulous adherence to period style at St. Wenzel's [Naumburg].  Time after time Whiteley strips away Victorian varnish to reveal sparkling 18th-century colours.  I particulalry liked what he did with the over-familiar Toccata and fugue in D Minor … decorating the opening phrases with tiny ornaments before …. the fugue, making it sound like more an improvisation than an exercise in counterpoint."
The Daily Telegraph, London, July 2003