Thursday, January 5, 2017

Famous organ music from Europe. The Organ in the Passau Cathedral. CD 9.

New Acquisition.
Bought in April 2016.
First listen: 5-1-2017.
Label: Ars Musici. (Membran)
CD 9 from 10.
Recording dates: April 1988.
Recording venue: Passau Cathedral, Germany.
Recording engineer: Stefan Briegel.
Running time: 70:28.
Classical relevance: Interesting for the Bach item.

Instruments used:
Great Organ mechanical.
Great Organ and Page organs.

Works and composers:

J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Fantasy and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542.
Harald Feller makes a excellent case for BWV 542. Alert and lucid playing with a forward trust that makes it exhilarating. He use of the registers is amazing, and his tonal colour gorgeous. Tempo is well chosen, and the synergy between the pedal and keyboard is to my ears perfect.
Recording is topnotch, and the Great organ sounds fantastic.

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Fugue on BACH, opus 60, No. 6.
Very well played, but this era with it's organ music holds little interest for me. The composition is to be admired. Sound is perfect.

Franz Liszt. (1811-1886)
Praeludium and Fugue on BACH.
Variations on "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen.

Not for me, I abhore Liszt in this repertoire. Well played and recorded. Bombast at large.

Max Reger. (1873-1916)
Fantasy and Fugue on BACH.

Same story too much bombast, and empty rhetoric, well at least for me.
Well played and recorded.

All works are played by Harald Feller. Nothing lacking in his ability to play the organ.




Graupner, Christoph. (1683-1760) Partitas for Harpsichord. Volume I.

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