Friday, November 25, 2016

L'École du Nord. Organ music.

New acquisition.
Bought in November 2016.
First listen: 25-11-2016.
Label: Ligia.
Recording dates: October 2013.
Recording venue: Saint John's Church, Belfort.
Recording engineer: Eric Baratin.
Running time: 75:23.
Classical relevance: Well worth having.

Works from:
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck.
Hieronymus Praetorius.
Heinrich Scheidemann.
Matthias Weckman.
Franz Tunder.
Dietrich Buxtehude.
Georg Böhm

Performed by:
Jean-Charles Ablitzer.

Marc Garnier Organ. (1978-1984.
Tuning: A=467 Hz at 17 degrees celsius.
Modified Mesotonic Temperament.

The organ is a new one. But made after the principles of the Northern style German organs, as known to the composers on this disc. Did they succeed? Yes, from all what I have heard of original instruments, this comes really very close, and if no one would have told me, I might not have heard the difference. A tremendous job and so successfully done. The sound is exactly as I expected, full with just enough warmth, detailed, clear, and when needed, punch in abundance. This is my first confrontation with Ablitzer, but he may stay, for he is a gifted organist with a very poetic strain in his performance, and warmth in his approach, never losing sight of of the multitude of important details. Just listen to Georg Böhm's Partita sur le Choral-Ach wie nichtig, ach wie Flüchtig- such a poise, and a steady but calmly flowing line. But also Dietrich Buxtehude,-In Dulci Jubilo and the Praeludium in g- made quite a impression on me. Thumbs up then. I will seek more of this organist.
It is well recorded, would have liked a bit more openness in the higher registers, but these are minor quibbles.

Bach, Johann Sebastian.(1685-1750) The Complete Organ Works. CD III. The Foccroulle edition.

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