Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Johannes Brahms: Organ Works - Anne Horsch

    Artist: Anne Horsch - (Maerz Organ of St Rupert, Muenchen)
    Album: Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) - Organ Works
    Released: 2008
    Label: CPO
    Catalog N°: SACD 777 384-2
    Genre: Classical, Organ
    File Format: eac_wv_cue_log, covers. 275MB

    Anne Horsch plays the complete Brahms organ works on a Maerz instrument from 1887, quite a rare German late Romantic organ which began life in Munich's Odeon, a concert hall where Brahms, Schumann, Mahler and Rheinberger performed. It was moved to St Rupert's Catholic Church in the city during 1905, and later received some extra ranks. After a period of neglect it was restored at the end of the C20th to its 1907 condition.
    Brahms, as part of his life-long scholarship in the field of music history, became very familiar with the organ in the early stages of his career when playing his beloved JS Bach. At the same time he met the Schumanns. In 1885 he also engaged in counterpoint studies with the great teacher and violinist Joseph Joachim. During this period a number of organ works were composed, of which only a small group have survived to be published posthumously (Chorale Prelude & Fugue on "O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid" WoO. 7, Prelude & Fugue WoO. 9 & 10, Fugue WoO. 8). Robert Schumann died in 1856, and Brahms wrote "O Traurigkeit" for his funeral.
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    1. Chorale Prelude and Fugue for Organ, WoO 7 "O Traurigkeit" (10:12)
    2. Prelude and Fugue for Organ in G minor, WoO 10 (7:32)

    3. Fugue for Organ in A flat minor, WoO 8 (8:19)

    4. Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122 (35:54)

    5. Prelude and Fugue for Organ in A minor, WoO 9 (5:56)

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