Andreas Etlinger, Organ
"Brahms meets Bruckner."
CD release with the Bruckner Organ for the 123. anniversary of Brahms' death (04/03/1897)
Brahms and Bruckner – two of the "greats" in the history of music. They were contemporaries, yet lived in completely different worlds. However, there was one essential interest the two of them shared at the close of the 19th century: they both cultivated the old art of counterpoint.
With his complete recording of the organ works by Johannes Brahms, performed on the Bruckner Organ of St. Florian, Andreas Etlinger brings all the beauty of this art to life.
"Another complete recording?
It was not until I had started my studies in the early 1990s that I got to know – and love – Brahms’ organ works. From the very beginning I was enchanted by the longing, beautiful intensity of this music and in the following years studied one piece after the other with undiminished fascination.
A ﬁrst complete performance was made possible the year of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death, and in view of the “sad” aspects of these organ works, I deliberately chose All Souls’ Day (Sunday, November 2, 1997, Bruckner Organ St. Florian) as date for the concert. Eleven years later, on the occasion of the 175th birthday of Johannes Brahms, there was a “repeat” of the organ concert of 1997: Sunday, November 2, 2008, Bruckner Organ St. Florian. I played the 15 Brahms works on the Bruckner Organ once more on various liturgical occasions during the (church) year 2014.
"Constant dripping wears away the stone," we say and marvel at how the element of water is able to round off corners and edges over long periods of time. I would like to justify this complete recording with reference to after all 25 years of "dedication to Brahms" – and therefore many constant drops ..."
Andreas Etlinger (extract of the booklet text)
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CD Review and Recommendation!
Newspaper "Badische Zeitung", Johannes Adam, Germany (02/2020)
CD Review and Recommendation!
»[...] Organist and teacher Andreas Etlinger, who has been at St. Florian since 2007 where this recording was produced, plays these pieces as if both Brahms and Bach were watching over his shoulders. [...] Andreas Etlinger knows precisely how to navigate through this large sound arsenal at his disposal, and pick and choose optimal stop combinations for each and every piece.«
Classical Music Sentinel - Always on the Lookout for the Best Recordings, Jean-Yves Duperron, Canada (April 2020)
Radio Presentation, Interview and Recommendation!
Austrian Broadcast Corp. ORF, Alice Ertlbauer-Camerer (April 24, 2020)
Album Presentation and Recommendation!
Radio Klassik Stephansdom, Broadcast "Hauptwerke und Positive", Austria (May 10, 2020)
CD programme / Tracklist:
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
Sämtliche Orgelwerke | Complete Organ Works
Choralvorspiel und Fuge über O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid (2. Fassung, 1882) WoO 7 11:05
Prelude and Fugue a minor (1856) WoO 9 06:46
Elf Choralvorspiele (1896) op. posth. 122
Mein Jesu, der du mich 04:12
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele 03:32
O Gott, du frommer Gott 05:57
Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen 02:52
Herzlich tut mich erfreuen 02:18
Herzliebster Jesu 04:06
O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen 02:42
Herzlich tut mich verlangen I 02:37
Herzlich tut mich verlangen II 03:42
O Welt, ich muss dich lassen I 03:05
O Welt, ich muss dich lassen II 03:59
Prelude and Fugue g minor (1857) WoO 10 09:03
Fugue a flat minor (2. Fassung, 1864) WoO 8 08:56
Anton Bruckner (1824–1896)
Prelude C Major ("Perger Präludium", 1884) WAB 129 02:47
Tags: Bruckner Organ Monastery St Florian Etlinger 4250702800842 TXA16084
» Detailed CD booklet includes further info (bios, photos, etc.)
» Total playing time: 78min 26sec | Booklet Text: DE, EN, FR
» Recording: 07&08/2017 – Basilica St. Florian, Austria
» Format: 1 Audio-CD | Series "Chromart Classics" | RD int'l ~04/20
» Order No.: TXA16084 | GTIN (EAN): 4250702800842 | LC28001
» CD available commercially or directly via TYXart
Monastery St Florian