These ideas about theology and performance come out real clear when you listen to different performances of baroque organ choral preludes. Compare Rubsam's style with the Leipzig Chorales with someone like Claudio Astronio. I guess you hear it most clearly there because the music has an associated religious text, and baroque organ music offers so much freedom to the musician to make his own contribution.
It's not so much that one performance is Christian, another Muslim. It's more that one expresses God as a comforting figure, the other as a figure offering mystical enlightenment, another as a harsh judge etc.
At some point I'd like to investigate Messaien records in these terms. And the Brahms chorales.
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