THE POPE BENEDICT ORGAN
1. International Organ Week 2007
Gerda Heger, Soprano
Helene von Rechenberg – Robert Kovács, Organ
Organ and Vocals
Since its blessing by Pope Benedict XVI in September 2006, the Pope Benedict Organ in the venerable Collegiate Church and Papal Basilica “Our Lady of the Old Chapel“ in Regensburg/South Germany has rapidly established itself as an internationally recognized organ, beloved of artists.
After the great success of the first CD production of the Organ Festival Week of 2006, TYXart now present front-rank artists of the younger generation who demonstrated their outstanding ability during the First International Organ Week of 2007.`
“The Pope Benedict Organ — International Organ Week 2007” bears witness once more to magnificent and varied sound of the new instrument in music from all epochs.
Programme / Tracklist:
THE POPE BENEDICT ORGAN — 1. Int. Organ Week 2007
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Toccata F-Dur BuxWV 156
Nicolas de Grigny (1672-1703)
aus dem Gloria der Orgelmesse:
Et in terra pax, Récit de tierce en taille, Dialogue
Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839-1901)
Sonate No. 20 F-Dur op. 196:
Frank Martin (1890-1974)
aus: In terra pax
Vater unser *
Helene von Rechenberg, Organ — * Gerda Heger, Soprano
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
aus den 6 Schübler-Chorälen:
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 645
Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 649
Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839-1901)
Fantasie-Sonate As-Dur op. 65:
1. Grave — Allegro
Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877-1933)
aus: Choralimprovisationen op. 65
Nun danket alle Gott (Marche triomphale), No. 59
Improvisation über das Marienlied »Wunderschön prächtige«
Robert Kovács, Organ
With this recording the Society for the Cultivation of Church Music in the Collegiate Church of Our Lady of the Old Chapel in Regensburg/Germany and TYXart publish a selection of pieces for organ that were recorded on the Pope Benedict Organ in the course of the 1st International Organ Week 2007. The internationally renowned performers Helene von Reichenberg (Vienna and Munich), Gerda Heger (Klagenfurt) and Robert Kovács (Budapest and Vienna) are laureates of major competitions.
Four of the chosen composers were famous organists in their time: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685—1750), Dietrich Buxtehude (1637—1707), Nicolas de Grigny (1672—1703) and Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839—1901).
In 1746, in order to improve his income, Johann Sebastian Bach published transcriptions for organ from his cantatas. He allowed six chorale preludes to be printed by Johann Georg Schübler of Zella in Thuringia. Two of them can be heard on this recording: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (from BWV 140) and Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ (from BWV 253).
The Toccata in F major by Dietrich Buxtehude, Et in terra pax, Récit de tierce en taille and Dialogue from Nicolas de Grigny’s Organ Mass illustrate the 17th century. Movements taken from the organ sonatas of Johann Gabriel Rheinberger demonstrate the late romantic music of South Germany.
Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877—1933) is represented by his Marche triomphale one of his pieces in magniloquent style. Originally a follower of such contemporaries as Debussy and Schönberg, he later turned to a more conservative harmonic and polyphonic style of compostion.
The Swiss composer Frank Martin (1890—1974) can be heard with a transcription: Vater unser from In terra pax. After being inﬂuenced by César Franck, he developed a quite personal style embracing modal tonality and atonality.
An improvisation on the Hymn "Wunderschön prächtige", which is sung in the dioceses of Budapest, Vienna and Regensburg, rounds off this recording from the oldest Bavarian church dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
The organ was consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI on 13th September 2006.
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