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Discussion: Arp-Schnitger-Orgel Norden Vol. 3

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Post by Lute March 23, 2015 (1 of 2)
Another very enjoyable addition from MDG to their ongoing and superb organ series. Though mostly dedicated to music of the 17th & early 18th centuries, this one is kind of a mixed bag (which is not a bad thing IMHO). Rather than a program that strictly adheres to a certain era, this recording has the mood of an organ recital, in which a more varied program of works are included. Many of the organ recitals that I have been to often have works from various composers and eras. So, for me this adds a 'live' feeling to the recording.

Anyway, It starts out with a little fanfare in the opening march/dance. The 2 organists are joined in the festivities by a kettledrum and tambourine. Oddly, this is the only track that has these other instruments. I would have liked to have such entertaining pieces interspersed a little more throughout the recording. But, it not a major issue. After the opening number, we get into the more standard repertoire of Scheidt, Buxtehude, Bach, and then... Mozart! (And what a breath of fresh air he is :-) The purists will be shaking their head, but I loved it. After all Mozart did refer to the organ as "The King of all instruments." The program continues with more heavy weights...Bach, Böhm, and Buxtehude's Te Deum laudamus, which makes the price of admission worthwhile all by itself IMO.

And for dessert, we're treated to a little more Mozart. All in all, a pleasurable listening experience.

For anyone interested, here's a more in depth review...

In his review, I especially liked Johan's suggestion of including a singer to perform the Chant in the pieces arranged by Scheidt. That certainly would have added another dimension to this recording.

Post by Joseph Ponessa March 25, 2015 (2 of 2)
lucky baba said:

Aghori vashikaran speaclist

Ma, lucky baba, non ha detto niente sul disco! Lei sarebbe forse un babuino?