Thursday, December 1, 2016

Walther, Johann Gottfried. (1684-1748) Complete Organ Music. Chorale settings IV. CD 5. TOP RECOMMENDATION.

New acquisition.
Bought in December 2015.
First listen: 1-12-2016.
Label: Brilliant.
CD 5 from 12.
Recording dates:29-30 April & 1-6 May 2013.
Recording venue: Church of Sant Antonio Abate, Padua, Italy.
Recording engineer: Alessandro Simonetto.
Running time: 65:49.
Classical relevance: Essential, reference recording.

Works performed:
See heading.

Works performed by:
Simone Stella.

Instrument used:
Francesco Zanin 2006.

I cannot stress enough how important this complete recording is. It's the first on the market and it sets a standard. So far as I have heard and sampled through the whole box, it will stay on this high level started by CD 1. Walther is a very important composer, who made a significant mark on the musical heritage of its time. A well respected organist and human being he was praised by many a famous name, and rightly so. The music is mesmerizing and involves you completely in the maelstrom of all encapsulating intimacy, and gives you a complete awareness of his genius as a master on his instrument. There is no doubt about it, that Simone Stella hits all the right buttons, and clearly shows what Walther was capable of. Serene, majestic, graceful, with a perfect feel for counterpoint, and seamlessly combining the most wonderful melodies one can imagine for an organ. There is nothing wanting in performance and sound.
The Zanin from 2006 is an amazing instrument. It has an authentic sound, and is so wonderfully constructed by this master of organ building, that it you would not know, you would not date it to 2006.
The recording is gorgeous, just the right amount of ambiance given.




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