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Pachelbel - Organ Works Volume 1
Matthew Owens (Ahrend Organ of the Reid Concert Hall, University of Edinburgh)
Revered teacher, organ virtuoso, master of counterpoint, devotee of the chorale, enthusiast for the Italian forms of composition, pathfinder and worthy predecessor of Bach: such was Johann Pachelbel. Matthew Owens presents a selection of Pachelbel’s works on the UK’s only Ahrend Organ, housed in the Reid Concert Hall at the University of Edinburgh. It is an instrument of exceptional refinement; the voicing is direct and clear and yet full of subtleties; This recording presents a completely satisfying union of instrument, repertoire and performer.
“The UK's only Ahrend proves itself an articulate advocate for Pachelbel … vivid recorded sound adds to the pleasure” Choir & Organ, September 2007
“… performer, instrument and music all combine to great effect” The Organ, August-October 2007
“This rigorously compiled tribute to Johann Pachelbel, featuring former Edinburgh cathedral organist Matthew Owens, opts sensibly for the German Baroque-style Ahrend organ in Edinburgh University’s Reid Concert Hall, where its relative isolation and direct acoustics provide an excellent recording environment. Owen’s dynamically articulated performances and sensibility of phrasing continually open the ears to the inventiveness of Pachelbel’s Italian-inspired music.” The Scotsman
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The Art of Peter Hurford
Bach, J S:
Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor, BWV582
Fugue in G major, BWV577 'a la gigue'
Chorale Prelude BWV731 'Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier'
Prelude & Fugue in G major, BWV541
Chorale Prelude BWV608 'In dulci jubilo'
Trio in D minor, BWV583
Vater unser im Himmelreich
Bossi, M E:
Étude Symphonique Op. 78
Chorale Prelude Op. 122 No. 8 'Es ist ein Ros entsprungen'
Solemn Melody, for organ
Choral No. 2 in B minor, M. 39
Pièces (10) pour orgue, 1892: Scherzo (No. 8)
Organ Concerto No. 3 in G minor, HWV291, Op. 4 No. 3
Organ Sonata No. 2
Krebs, J L:
Fantasia in C major
Fantasia No. 1 in F minor
Prelude & Fugue on B-A-C-H, S260
Organ Sonata No. 6 in D minor, Op. 65 No. 6
Church (Epistle) Sonata No. 13 in G major for organ & strings, K274
Church (Epistle) Sonata No. 17 in C major for organ & strings, K336
Fugue in D major
Concerto No. 1 in C major for two organs
Organ Symphony No. 1 in D minor, Op. 14: Final
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Pachelbel: Organ Works, Vol. 1
“Naxos's Organ Encyclopedia series marches gloriously on with this first volume devoted to Johann Pachelbel's works for the instrument. Pachelbel was no one-tune composer; nor was his work merely a dry run for Bach. Here, Wolfgang Rubsam plays a well-varied selection of fantasias, toccatas, ricercares, chorale preludes and ciaconas. The choral preludes-five examples-are remarkably highly developed pieces; the toccatas imposing, florid declamations over resounding pedal notes. But for me the highlights are the two ciaconas, both in D minor, real gems that bring out the best of this composer's fertile imagination. Rubsam plays beautifully, varying his registrations carefully, giving the music the space it demands. Buffs will like to know that the organ is that at Weissenan, built by Johann Nepomuk Holzhey between 1785 and 1787. It sounds magnificent.” Sunday Times, 16th April 2000
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