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Stylus Phantasticus

This re-release presents toccatas written in the “stylus phantasticus” alongside variations on songs. These works by Bruhns, Buxtehude, Bach, Böhm and Sweelinck, covering one and a half centuries, offer a fascinating insight into the North German baroque organ tradition. The carefully...more

Nicolaus Bruhns | Dietrich Buxtehude | Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck | Georg Böhm | Mons Brunth | Johann Sebastian Bach

“Gerhard Gnann’s playing is characterised by sensitivity towards the world of Low German baroque organ music: transparent, with clear musical gestures even within the free “stylus phantasticus” passages, and never slipping into any exaggerated mannerisms.” (Musica sacra)

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This re-release presents toccatas written in the “stylus phantasticus” alongside variations on songs. These works by Bruhns, Buxtehude, Bach, Böhm and Sweelinck, covering one and a half centuries, offer a fascinating insight into the North German baroque organ tradition.

The carefully chosen instrument (built in 1991 by Riegner & Friedrich in Riegel/Kaiserstuhl), though not a copy, is modelled on historic North German organs. High-quality workmanship as well as the artistic talent of the voicer makes for an instrument whose fresh and always transparent sound is immediately appealing: “The full organ sound is bright and balanced, and the basic stops possess a vocal quality characterised by that gentle energy which is indispensable for an organ epitomising a musical instrument in the true sense of the word.” (Musica sacra)

Gerhard Gnann was awarded many prizes at international competitions, including the Bach Competition Brügge (Bruges), the Swiss Organ competition and the Grand Prix “Dom zu Speyer” (“Speyer Cathedral”). In 1997 Gerhard Gnann was appointed professor for artistic organ playing at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. As an artist and teacher Gerhard Gnann is in high demand nationally and internationally, giving concerts and master classes e.g. in Italy, Poland, Norway, Denmark, France and Austria.

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Württembergische Blätter für Kirchenmusik
Württembergische Blätter für Kirchenmusik | 5/2012 September/Oktober | Verena Schwarz | September 1, 2012

Gerhard Gnann, seit 1997 Professor für künstlerisches Orgelspiel on derMehr lesen

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Organists' Review
Organists' Review | August 2011 | Francis O'Gorman | August 1, 2011 Stylus Phantasticus und Liedvariationen bis Bach

This is a lovely recording (made in 1993), played with delicacy and rigour. The three-manual instrument at St Martin's Riegel, tuned to WerckmeisterMehr lesen

This is a lovely recording (made in 1993), played with delicacy and rigour. The three-manual instrument at St Martin's Riegel, tuned to Werckmeister III, is excellent for this programme of song variations and music with the stylus phantasticus elements of the German Baroque. Particularly noticeable are the high quality flutes. The theatricality and colourful gestures of the stylus phantasticus are kept under control – nothing too flamboyant here – and what is remarkable about the playing is the transparent clarity. Not a note is uncared for, and each line is a delight to hear, even in the midst of rich contrapuntal textures. A gently paced account of Sweelinck's Mein junges Leben hat ein End keeps something of the tender melancholy of this song, which can be lost in brisker versions, while Bach's Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue is vibrant: there is real spring and drive in the second half of the Toccata. The Fugue is more monumental than some versions, though clarity is finely retained in a piece that is not the tidiest of Bach's contrapuntal writing. I have rarely heard echoes in the pedal solo before, but the pedal mixture goes on and off to some effect here. Other music includes a sensitive account of Bach's partita on O Gott, du frommer Gott, Georg Böhm's variations on Jesu, du bist allzu schöne, and Sweelinck's variations on the student song More Palatino. The instrument includes a Vogelgesang stop – birdsong – from which we have a delightful 17 seconds as the mood-setter at the beginning. A disc well worth hearing.
This is a lovely recording (made in 1993), played with delicacy and rigour. The three-manual instrument at St Martin's Riegel, tuned to Werckmeister

Choir & Organ
Choir & Organ | July/August 2011 | David Ponsford | July 1, 2011

This CD juxtaposes north German stylus phantasticus pieces with variations, on a fine modern 3-manuaI 35-stop organ tuned in Werckmeister IIIMehr lesen

This CD juxtaposes north German stylus phantasticus pieces with variations, on a fine modern 3-manuaI 35-stop organ tuned in Werckmeister III temperament. The Praeludia/toccatas by Bruhns (G major), Buxtehude (BuxWV 155), attrib. Böhm (G minor) and J.S. Bach (BWV 564) are given lively, imaginative performances, with the unequal temperament bringing the diatonic keys and their harmonies vividly alive. The intimate colours of the organ are well demonstrated in Sweelinck (Mein junges Leben and More Palatino), Böhm (Jesu, du bist allzu schöne) and Bach (O Gott, du frommer Gott), although Mein junges Leben lacked creativity and charm.
This CD juxtaposes north German stylus phantasticus pieces with variations, on a fine modern 3-manuaI 35-stop organ tuned in Werckmeister III

Organ
Organ | 2/98 | Jean-Claude Kaegi | February 1, 1998

Der Orgel-Professor am Fachbereich Musik der Universität Mainz hat sichMehr lesen

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Der Orgel-Professor am Fachbereich Musik der Universität Mainz hat sich

Alte Musik Aktuell
Alte Musik Aktuell | 02/1996 | Gerhard Hölzle | February 1, 1996

"Das Variieren einer Liedmelodie durch mehrere Strophen und dieMehr lesen

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Musica Sacra
Musica Sacra | Jan/Feb 1996 | KFW | January 1, 1996

Gleich vorweg: Dies ist eine rundherum schöne CD. Die Riegner &Mehr lesen

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Gleich vorweg: Dies ist eine rundherum schöne CD. Die Riegner &

Kirchenmusikalische Mitteilungen der Erzdiözese Freiburg
Kirchenmusikalische Mitteilungen der Erzdiözese Freiburg | Mai '95 | -sk- | May 1, 1995

Die noch junge Orgel in Riegel hat allgemein Aufgeben erregt, nicht nurMehr lesen

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Musikmarkt
Musikmarkt | 13.02.1995 | February 13, 1995

Unter dem Titel " Stylus phantasticus und Liedvariationen" werden inMehr lesen

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Stylus Phantasticus
article number: 20.012
EAN barcode: 4022143200129
price group: BCB
release date: 22. April 2011
total time: 90 min.

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