Thursday, January 19, 2017

Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel. (1714-1788) The Complete Organ Works, and for Organ and Strings.

New acquisition.
Bought in January 2017.
First listen: 19-1-2017.
Label: Ligia.
CD 2 from 2.
Recording dates: October/December 1998.
Recording venue: Eglise-St-Louis, Vichy.
Recording engineer: Eric Baratin.
Running time: 80:05.
Classical relevance: Essential.

Works performed:
See heading.

Works performed by:
Olivier Vernet, Organ.
Instrument: 
Bernard Aubertin (1991)
Tuning: á= 440Hz.
Temperament: Kirnberger III.

Orchestre D'Auvergne, Arie van Beek.

I enjoyed this twofar very much. For one Olivier Vernet is doing his utmost to make these works shine. He is very alert in pointing out the finer notes in the score, without blowing it out of proportion, what could be easily done on this Aubertin Organ, when I look at the registers. Yet due to his approach you never feel that this organ is new, but at once feel comfortable. Aubertin is an organ builder with his heart and ears in the right place. As for the music, well it has substance, and is well crafted. There is not a single work with irritating weaknesses.
As to the recording, I think they allowed a bit too much echo in this church. Ideally it should be 2 seconds maximum, but this church is giving 4-5 seconds. The volume gets a bit to wide, and due to the echo a bit fuzzy. You hear this when the orchestra comes in. Eric Baratin was probably not able to do anything about it.  Arie van Beek is clearly aware of this for he does his utmost to keep the dynamics within reason. Notwithstanding this issue, the recording is otherwise quite good. The organ sounds like a charm.



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