Monday, January 23, 2017

Organs from Ostfriesland. Gothic-Renaissance-Baroque. CD 1.

From my collection.
Bought in April 2016.
First listen: 26-4-2016.
Second listen: 23-1-2017.
Label: Membran. (Originally: Ars musici)
CD 1 from 10.
Recording dates: May/June 1989.
Recording places: 
Rysum (1457)
Uttum (c.16th century 1660)
Westerhusen (1642-1643)
Norden (1686-1694).
Marienhafe (1710-1713)
Weener (1710-1782
Recording engineer: Erik Sikkema.
Running time: 69:48.
Classical relevance: Essential.

Composers on this disc.
Dietrich Buxtehude.
Claude Goudimel.
Jan Pieterzoon Sweelinck.
Samuel Scheidt.
Conrad Paumann.
Adam Lliborgh.
Paul Hofheimer.
Heinrich Isaac.
Hans Leo Hassler.
Johann Sebastian Bach.
Georg Bohm.

Performed by Harald Vogel.

Music is partly from under recorded composers and therefore doubly welcome. Vogel makes all the music shine, and adds his supreme excellence to all composers. What a fabulous organist he is.
No booklet in this box, but most of the details are on the sleeve. A very good start of this box.
The sound is state of the art. All the organs are presented in the best possible way. Recommended.


Boismortier, Joseph Bodin de. (1689-1755) Second rerun.

I played this set for the second time, and it strengthens my favourable opinion. This is actually quite good.
For the complete reviews please use the search function of my blog.


Friday, January 20, 2017

I keep seeing things I want to order.

I am collecting the Symphonies by Louis Spohr. I missed this release in the list of new budget CPO label.




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.



Boismortier, Joseph Bodin de. (1689-1755) Œuvre Cinquantième de Mr Boismortier 1734. Transition Baroque.

New acquisition.
Bought: January 2017.
First listen: 19-1-2017.
Label: Ligia.
CD 2 from 2.
Recording dates: September 2013.
Recording venue: La Chapelle de l'Abbaye de Pontlevoy, France.
Recording engineer: Eric Baratin.
Running time: 62:38.
Classical relevance: Essential.

Works performed:
Six sonates dont la dernière est en trio pour les violoncelles, bassons ou violes avec la basse.

Performed by:
Claire Giardelli, Claire Gratton, Violoncelles.
Marie Hervé, Basson.
Laure Vovard, Clavecin.
Jean-Louis Charbonnier, Basse de viole.

Extra ordinary fine in music and execution. I really enjoyed what I heard. such a perfectly matching ensemble making music on such a high level is a treat any time. Boismortier wrote superb solo parts in these sonatas, especially for the bassoon, and gave the harpsichord also a lot to do. Both cello players on this disc are a marvel. Together they had a lot of fun between them, and this you can hear. The experience of all musicians involved pay huge dividends. There is a harmony that is beguiling. No faults can be found here.
The recording is almost state of the art. The booklet for a change with Ligia is well written and all is translated into English, a relief, after all those Ligia discs that are mostly in French.
Recommended.




Abel, Carl Friedrich. (1723-1787) Six Symphonies, opus 7.

New acquisition. 
A free gift from JPC de.
First listen: 19-1-2017.
Label: CPO.
Recording dates: March 2015.
Recording venue: Deutschlandfunk Kammermusiksaal, Köln, Germany.
Recording engineer: Uwe Walter.
Running time: 62:02.
Classical relevance: Well worth acquiring.

Works performed:
See heading.

Works performed by:
La Stagione Frankfurt, Michael Schneider.

Abel wrote nice symphonies. He published six collections of them. Opus 7 is the third of these collections, and originated sometime between 1763 and 1767.
The fun thing is that Abel used folk music throughout the opus 7, mostly in a rondo form, which was unusual, but he achieves thereby his own individual musical language. Most of the melodies are memorable and quite inventive. Do not make the mistake of thinking these works simplistic, for when it comes to the structure of the works, the compositions on the contrary are extremely intricate, with some excellent part writing, mostly in the middle voices. Melodious as well as harmonious.
The performance is as I am used to from earlier recordings of this ensemble and conductor in the same field. Alert it is, and in depicting the details, most excellent. Tempi are well judged.
Recording is very good.


( There is not as yet a image of this CD, but as soon as I spot it, or someone else I will post it)

Added a few CD'S to my JPC order...