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92573 - Praeludien für die heilige Weihnachtszeit

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This SACD presents a selection of both vibrant and meditative organ music for Christmas , stretching from small and modest miniatures to more formal, classical compositions. Apart from their festive-pastoral character, the works on this disc share the same period and region of origin: they were...more

Johann Baptist Schiedermayr | Johann Anton Kobrich | Johann Ernst Eberlin | Franz Xaver Schnizer | Theodor Grünberger | Carl Franz Pitsch | Johann Caspar Aiblinger | Robert Führer | Johann Valentin Rathgeber

"Well, Audite have done it again. This is a first-rate collection that sounds rich and warm. Strobl’s playing is immensely assured, full of bounce and insight. The sound - on both layers - is up to the usual standards of the house. The booklet puts the music into its historical context, gives thumbnails of the composers featured and even includes the registrations for each piece. As for the organ itself, it’s rather like one of those wines aged in oak, fruity but with a distinctive, woody flavour. The perfect complement to a festive feast, but it keeps well and can be drunk any time afterwards." (musicweb)

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Johann Baptist Schiedermayr VI Orgel=Stücke. Praeludien für die heilige Weihnachtszeit ... Wien [1827] (08:27) Johannes Strobl

Johann Anton Kobrich Der Clavierspielende Schäfer oder VI. Clavier-Parthien, theils in Pastorellen theils in Galanterien bestehend ... Augsburg 1758 (07:33) Johannes Strobl

_ Anonym Orgelbüchlein aus dem Franziskanerkloster von Klanjec/Kroatien, um 1770 (06:26) Johannes Strobl

Johann Ernst Eberlin Der Morgen und der Abend ... Zwölf Musikstücke für den Salzburger Stier ... Augsburg 1759 (04:46) Johannes Strobl

Franz Xaver Schnizer Sonata in G, op. 1/6 – Sei Sonate per il Cembalo ed Organo ... Opera I. Augsburg [1773] (11:50) Johannes Strobl

Johann Baptist Schiedermayr VI Orgel=Stücke. Praeludien für die heilige Weihnachtszeit ... Wien [1827] (08:27) Johannes Strobl

Theodor Grünberger Neue Pastorel-Orgelstücke, 1. Heft ... München [1799] (10:34) Johannes Strobl

Carl Franz Pitsch Sechs Pastoral-Praeludien mit obligatem Pedal für die Orgel ... Prag [um 1838] (06:37) Johannes Strobl

Johann Caspar Aiblinger Pastorale Per Organo Del Sigr. Mo. Ayblinger. Mailand [um 1815] (06:13) Johannes Strobl

Robert Führer Weihnachtsgabe. Sechs leicht ausführbare Pastoralstücke für die Orgel, op. 271. Wien ohne Jahr (10:39) Johannes Strobl



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Johann Valentin RathgeberJohannes Strobl

Johann Valentin RathgeberJohannes Strobl

Johann Valentin RathgeberJohannes Strobl

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This SACD presents a selection of both vibrant and meditative organ music for Christmas, stretching from small and modest miniatures to more formal, classical compositions. Apart from their festive-pastoral character, the works on this disc share the same period and region of origin: they were written between the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and stem from an area encompassing southern Germany, Austria, Bohemia and Croatia. All composers represented here are firmly rooted in the Catholic church music tradition of these regions.

The historical sound of the main organ of the Abbey Church of Muri renders these gems for the organ particularly rich in colour. The historical organ in this famous Abbey in the Swiss Canton of Aargau is an important musical monument, enjoying great international esteem, and is visited each year by experts and enthusiasts from all over the world.

Johannes Strobl has performed as a soloist and ensemble musician in many European countries and in Israel, Japan, the USA, Brazil and Argentina. In 1998 he was a prizewinner at the Paul Hofhaimer Competition in Innsbruck, and in 2000 together with “Les Cornets Noirs” – an ensemble specialized in 17th-century music – at the “concours musica antiqua” in Bruges. Johannes Strobl also appears with increasing frequency as conductor of Cappella Murensis, a professional vocal ensemble which found its home in the Abbey Church at Muri in 2002. He and his ensemble achieved outstanding success with the release of the rediscovered “Mass of Muri” by Johann Valentin Rathgeber (aud.92.559). Since 2001 Johannes Strobl has been organist at the Abbey Church at Muri. In addition to his ecclesiastical duties he is the artistic director of the concert series “Music in the Abbey Church at Muri”.

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Bezeichnend sicher auch, dass solch tönende Behaglichkeit vor allem im süddeutsch-österreichischen Raum angesiedelt ist; geschaffen von Komponisten, die man heute gerne als „Kleinmeister“ bezeichnet, die sich aber zu Lebzeiten größter Beliebtheit erfreuten. Der aus Österreich stammende Organist Johannes Strobl, seit 2001 Stelleninhaber an der Klosterkirche Muri, legt hier eine weitere audiophile Kostbarkeit vor, die nicht nur ein rares Repertoire zu Gehör bringt sondern diese Musik in derzeit bestmöglicher Weise auf Tonträger bannt - in Mehrkanal-Wiedergabe ebenso ein Hörgenuss wie als Stereo-CD.
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One of the attractions of this Christmas collection is that the music is unfamiliar. I’ve certainly grown a little weary of the same old festive ‘lollipops’, so I approached this new disc with relish. The Austrian-born organist Johannes Strobl is also new to me, but the German label Audite is an old friend. The latter’s organ recordings on SACD have impressed me enormously, especially their Franck series from Memmingen. Indeed, Volume I - review - was one of my Discs of The Year in 2007, a triumph of music-making and sound engineering.

But the real star of that Franck collection is the Swiss-made Goll instrument, the purity and transparency of which must make it one of the loveliest modern organs in Europe. Here we have a Swiss instrument in Switzerland itself, the Grand Organ of Muri, in Canton Aargau. The organ was built by the Schweizerdeutsch Thomas Schott between 1619 and 1630, restored and reconstructed by Metzler Orgelbau (1966-1971) and updated by Orgelbau Kuhn in 2002. No doubt organ buffs will be interested in the photographs on Audite’s website, which offer a fascinating insight into this instrument and the church in which it stands.

So much for the organ, what about the music? The Pastorale, a Christmas musical tradition that originated in Italy, migrated northwards in the 18th century, where it was taken up by composers and organists and played after Midnight Mass. The Pastorale Prelude, a 19th--century derivative, is also well represented here. The disc kicks off with a delightful Prelude in D, by Johann Baptist Schiedermayr. It’s highly mobile and joyful, the distinctive ‘woody’ sound of this organ very well captured indeed. The CD sound is clear and spacious, but the SACD layer goes one better by revealing the tiniest of details and adding a real sense of presence to the recording.

The three Pastorales by Johann Anton Kobrich, from his collection The Keyboard-Playing Shepherd, are rather more delicate. Just sample the one in A (tr. 2), where the organ’s reedy higher registers are exploited to the full. Strobl plays the stately Pastorale in D (tr. 3) with a real feeling for the music’s liquid rhythms. The Pastorale in G (tr. 4) is dominated by repeated cuckoo-like figures, admirably articulated and recorded. The two Sonatas and Pastorale that follow are taken from a monastic collection, transcribed around 1700. The first Sonata in C (tr. 5) has a simplicity and charm that is most appealing, but it’s the irrepressibly animated Pastorale in F (tr. 6) that had me reaching for the repeat button.

This is shaping up to be a most rewarding collection, not least because the music is refreshingly direct. Indeed, given the festive context it’s more like a tart, bracing sorbet than a heavy dollop of Christmas pud. The palate-cleansing continues with three pieces by Johann Ernst Eberlin; they are taken from his Twelve Pieces for Keyboard, co-authored by none other than Mozart’s father, Leopold. The first (tr. 7) is a veritable cascade of lovely melodies, albeit with a hint of Baroque severity about them, the second (tr. 8) sounding for all the world like a steam-driven fair organ, sans the wheeze and clank. The final piece, a cradle-song, has a crystalline loveliness that’s entirely appropriate to the season. Once again, playing and recording are beyond reproach.

Franz Xaver Schnizer, choral director of the Benedictine abbey of Ottobeuren, wrote this dignified, rather Bachian, Sonata in G in 1773. A carefully worked piece in three movements, it’s ideally suited to the Muri organ’s higher and middle registers. In the first we leave the security of the fireside for the deep frost of a December night, somewhat shocked by the icy air (tr. 11). But then we’re back indoors with the warming cadences of the second movement (tr. 12), the third a rousing, dance-like finale (tr. 13). The organ’s ‘woodiness’ - close to a honk at times - seems just right for this rustic celebration.

By contrast, Schiedermayr’s Prelude in A flat (tr. 14) has a free-flowing, rhapsodic quality perhaps more Romantic than anything we’ve heard thus far. I particularly liked those bright, clarion-like calls in the treble, so beautifully articulated. The three Father Grünberger pieces, from his Nine Pastorale Organ Pieces - Book I, are more traditional in form and content, the E flat Pastorale (tr. 16) light and frothy, the one in C (tr. 17) relaxed and carefree. Not at all what one might expect from an Augustinian monk, albeit one who had a somewhat varied and colourful life beyond the cloister.

Good programming is essential to the success of collections such as this, and Strobl has certainly chosen his music wisely. Even though these works are all from the so-called South German School, they are surprisingly varied and interesting. Indeed, Strobl invests them all with a freshness and spontaneity that is most impressive. More important, variety makes it so much easier to listen to this disc without the slightest hint of tedium - very rare in organ collections. The two Pastorale Preludes by the Bohemian organist and composer Karl Franz Pitsch (trs. 18-19) are a case in point, the first weighty and more sonorous, the second a big, broad conception that sounds splendid in Strobl’s capable hands. Surely a work that deserves to be better known, and one I’d be happy to revisit time and time again.

Despite the obvious Christmas origins of these Pastorales and preludes the unwary listener might be hard-pressed to identify them as festive pieces. That is certainly true of Johann Kaspar Aiblinger’s wonderfully discursive Pastorale in G (tr. 20), which has the rambling nature of a much later, more Romantic, organ tradition. It has some lovely, rippling tunes, but at more than six minutes it does come close to outstaying its welcome. The final selection brings us back to Christmas, with Prague-born Robert Führer’s Weihnachtsgabe, Op. 271. The six miniatures include a darkly lyrical Andante in G (tr. 21), a wistful Andantino in F (tr. 23) and a warmly affirmative Larghetto in G (tr. 26). Not the most colourful or imaginative music on this disc, perhaps, but solidly constructed and winningly played.

Well, Audite have done it again. This is a first-rate collection that sounds rich and warm. Strobl’s playing is immensely assured, full of bounce and insight. The sound - on both layers - is up to the usual standards of the house. The booklet puts the music into its historical context, gives thumbnails of the composers featured and even includes the registrations for each piece. As for the organ itself, it’s rather like one of those wines aged in oak, fruity but with a distinctive, woody flavour. The perfect complement to a festive feast, but it keeps well and can be drunk any time afterwards.
One of the attractions of this Christmas collection is that the music is unfamiliar. I’ve certainly grown a little weary of the same old festive

Merchant Infos

Praeludien für die heilige Weihnachtszeit
article number: 92.573
EAN barcode: 4022143925732
price group: ACX
release date: 30. October 2009
total time: 78 min.

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