Friday, December 23, 2016

Famous Organ Music from Europe. CD 7

New acquisition.
Bought in April 2016.
First listen: 23-12-2016.
Label: Ars Musici. ( Membran)
Recording dates: August 2000.
Recording venue: Cathedral in Brussels, Belgium.
Recording engineer: Manuel Mohino.
Running time: 
Classical relevance: Quite interesting.

Instrument used:
Grenzing Organ: 1997-2000.

Works, composers and performers.

Peeter Cornet (c.1562-1633)
Fantasia primi toni.

Franz Tunder. (1614-1667)
Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott.
Organist: Jean Ferrard.

Both works are fine examples of its time, and well played and performed. Especially the work of the composer Peeter Cornet was new for me. I liked it very much. And Tunder is always a welcome guest.

Nicolas de Grigny. (1672-1703)
Offertoire sur les jeux from: Mass.

Johann Sebastian Bach. (1685-1750)
Praeludium and Fugue in E minor, BWV 523.
Organist: Xavier Deprez.

Well played but a bit rough at the edges, and missing the nuances in Bach.

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. (1809-1847)
Sonata, opus 65.
Organist: Jozef Sluys.

Not bad, but it made little impression on me. Sluys lingers too much and is rather heavy handed.

César Franck. (1822-1890) 
Chorale No. 1 in E major.
Organist: Stanislas Deriemaeker.

No, no, Franck deserves a better interpretation and they are plentiful around. This is a mediocre performance. Stolid, turgid, and away from the spiritual essence. Little or no expression.

Philippe Boesmans (1936)
Fanfare II
Organist: Bernhard Foccroulle. 

This is not for me. A modern piece without anything to like

Conclusion:
The sound of this modern organ is not really my thing. Although it sounds nice enough, it clearly is missing the sound I like in authentic organs. The recording is good though.
Of all the organists on this CD I liked most Jean Ferrard, and Xavier Deprez. Foccroulle is of course the best performer, but in this case I could not determine, for I really disliked the Boesmans piece. The rest is interesting but not exceptional.





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