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Gronau: Chorale Variations / Matteo Venturini

Gronau / Venturini
Release Date: 03/25/2014 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94843   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Daniel Magnus Gronau
Performer:  Matteo Venturini
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“The finest musical soul ever to have graced the city of Danzig”: these are the words of Friedrich Gottlieb Gleimann, written in regard to his predecessor Daniel Magnus Gronau. Little is known about Gronau’s life, other than he was titular organist at St John’s Church in Danzig – where he earned an exceptionally high salary: 100 florins per quarter. His music was highly acclaimed in its day; after his death, the Chapter of St John’s bought the manuscript of a cycle of chorale variations for organ from his sister, paying a third as much again to have it handsomely bound in two volumes.

Gronau left a small treatise on transposition and four books of keyboard music, the Chorale Variations of which form the subject of this
Read more engaging release. Similarly structured and containing between two and five variations (the first of which normally utilises the chorale as a fugue subject), the works reveal the far more ‘modern’ approach adopted by Gronau in relation to the rest of his northern contemporaries – Es wird schier der letzte Tag, for example, requires the right hand to play on two keyboards against a continuo-like accompaniment in the left hand and pedals. The Variations certainly represent one of the most extensive compendiums of organ registrations to survive from the late Baroque period of organ music in Germany, and on hand to perform is Matteo Venturini, winner of no less than eight competitions and a regular at prestigious international music festivals across Europe and America. Venturini, with his thesis on Gronau’s organ music, is clearly an expert in this field of repertoire; here, on his 13th recording, he reveals the sheer quality of this composer’s music, making a strong case for why the Danzig genius is worthy of rediscovery and re-evaluation.

Other information:
- First recordings, Recorded on 19, 20 & 22 May 2013, Church of San Rocco, Larciano (Pistoia), Italy.
- This CD contains the first recording of the complete Chorale Variations by Daniel Magnus Gronau, a master from 17th century Danzig
- He wrote a treatise on transposition, and the Chorale Variations form one of the most extensive compendiums of organ registrations of late Baroque organ music in Germany.
- Organist Matteo Venturini is a winner of no less than 8 prestigious organ competitions. He wrote a thesis on the organ music of Gronau. He plays on a magnificent Ghilardi Organ in the Church of San Rocco, Larciano.
- All organ specifications, liner notes and artist biography included in the booklet. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, chorale variations for organ by Daniel Magnus Gronau
Performer:  Matteo Venturini (Organ)
Period: Classical 
Venue:  Church of San Rocco, Larciano (Pistoia), 
Length: 7 Minutes 49 Secs. 
2.
Was Gott thut, das ist wohlgetan, chorale variations for organ by Daniel Magnus Gronau
Performer:  Matteo Venturini (Organ)
Venue:  Church of San Rocco, Larciano (Pistoia), 
Length: 14 Minutes 17 Secs. 
3.
Mitten wir im Leben sind, for organ by Daniel Magnus Gronau
Performer:  Matteo Venturini (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Church of San Rocco, Larciano (Pistoia), 
Length: 19 Minutes 34 Secs. 
4.
Es wird schier der letzte Tag, for organ by Daniel Magnus Gronau
Performer:  Matteo Venturini (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Church of San Rocco, Larciano (Pistoia), 
Length: 11 Minutes 23 Secs. 
5.
Gott hat das Evangelium, for organ by Daniel Magnus Gronau
Performer:  Matteo Venturini (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Church of San Rocco, Larciano (Pistoia), 
Length: 14 Minutes 27 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Ein feste burg ist unser gott: I. Chorale in contrapunto doppio
Ein feste burg ist unser gott: II. Variation 1: Claviature coppulate, e senza pedale
Ein feste burg ist unser gott: III. Variation 2: Claviature con pedale
Ein feste burg ist unser gott: IV. Variotion 3: Pedale solo
Ein feste burg ist unser gott: V. Variation 4
Was gott tut, das ist wohlgetan: I. Chorale in fuga
Was gott tut, das ist wohlgetan: II. Variation 1: Claviature con pedale
Was gott tut, das ist wohlgetan: III. Variation 2
Was gott tut, das ist wohlgetan: IV. Variation 3: Senza pedale
Was gott tut, das ist wohlgetan: V. Variation 4: Pedale solo
Mitten wir im leben sind: I. Chorale in fuga
Mitten wir im leben sind: II. Variation 1: Claviature con pedale
Mitten wir im leben sind: III. Variation 2
Mitten wir im leben sind: IV. Variation 3: Con tremulo
Es wird schier der letzte tag: I. Chorale in contrapunto doppio
Es wird schier der letzte tag: II. Variation 1
Es wird schier der letzte tag: III. Variation 2: Claviature con pedale
Es wird schier der letzte tag: IV. Variation 3: Claviature con pedale
Gott hat das Evangelium: I. Variation 1: Largo e staccato
Gott hat das Evangelium: II. Variation 2: Doppio contrapunto
Gott hat das Evangelium: III. Variation 3: Senza pedale
Gott hat das Evangelium: IV. Variation 4: Claviature con pedale
Gott hat das Evangelium: V. Variation 5

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