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Bruhns: Complete Organ Music / Adriano Falcioni

Bruhns
Release Date: 05/27/2014 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94447   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Nicolaus BruhnsJan Pieterszoon SweelinckHeinrich ScheidemannSamuel Scheidt,   ... 
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Bruhns family formed a musical dynasty in 17th-century Germany. Nicholas Bruhns – organist, violinist and viol player – learned organ from Dietrich Buxtehude, who regarded him as a favourite pupil. Bruhns was employed as organist in Copenhagen, where his salary was – unusually – raised to ensure his loyalty. Immensely happy in this post, he remained there until his death in 1697 at just 31 years old.

The four Praeludia are modelled after those of Buxtehude, and owe much to the style of his teacher through the use of repeated-note subjects and thematic transformation. The two E minor works are unsung gems of the Baroque period, which make prominent use of the echo device (common to the works of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck),
Read more while Bruhns’ toccatas are as technically brilliant as those by Vincent Lübeck, displaying qualities reminiscent of the violin idiom and extended passages for pedal. The selection of Bruhns’ works is completed with the Adagio in D and the Chorale Fantasia ‘Num komm, der Heiden Heiland’. This special collection teams Bruhns’ works with pieces by Schiedemann, Scheidt, Sweelinck and Buxtehude.

Adriano Falconi enjoys an international reputation and has been a finalist and prize-winner for many organ competitions throughout Europe. He teaches organ at the Conservatory of Sassari and is principal organist of the Metropolitan Cathedral of St Lawrence in Perugia.

Other information:
- Brilliant Classics continues its fascinating survey of Pre-Bachian keyboard music with a new recording of the complete organ works of Nicholas Bruhns.
- Bruhns, born into a musical dynasty, was organist, violist and violinist in Copenhagen, pupil of the famous Buxtehude, where he remained till his death, only 31 years old.
- Bruhn’s works make full use of the many newly developed possibilities of the organ in his days, and form a splendid display of keyboard (and pedal!) virtuosity, and intricate counterpoint.
- To complement Bruhns’ complete organ works this recording presents other works by Sweelinck (his famous Chromatic Fantasy), Scheidemann, Scheidt and Buxtehude.
- Adriano Falcioni is one of the foremost organists of this time, winner of many international competitions. He already made several organ recordings for Brilliant Classics (Franck, Muffat, Couperin, Duruflé).
- Liner notes by the artist, all specification of the organ included, the magnificent organ of the Chiesa di San Giorgio in Ferrara, Italy.
- Contains liner notes on the composer and works, an artist biography and organ specifications. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude and Fugue for organ in G minor by Nicolaus Bruhns
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 16th Century; Germany 
2.
Prelude and Fugue for Organ in G major by Nicolaus Bruhns
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
3.
Praeludium and Fugue for Organ in E minor "Little" by Nicolaus Bruhns
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
4.
Praeludium and Fugue for Organ in E minor "Great" by Nicolaus Bruhns
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
5.
Nun komm der Heiden Heiland by Nicolaus Bruhns
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
6.
Adagio in D major by Nicolaus Bruhns
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
7.
Fantasia chromatica by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
8.
Galliard for Harpsichord in D major by Heinrich Scheidemann
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
9.
Variations on "Ach, Du Feiner Reiter" by Samuel Scheidt
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
10.
Praeludium for Keyboard in G minor, BuxWV 148 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Adriano Falcioni (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 

Sound Samples

Praeludium in E Minor, "The Great"
Praeludium in E Minor
Praeludium in G Major: Prelude and Fugue in G Major
Prelude and Fugue in G Minor
Adagio in D Major
Chorale Fantasia, "Num komm, der Heiden Heiland"
Fantasia Chromatica in Dorian Mode, SwWV 258: Fantasia chromatica in Dorian mode, SwWV 258
Galliard with Variation in D Minor, WV 107
Ach du feiner Reuter, SSWV 111, "Cantio belgica"
Bergamasca
Prelude in G Minor, BuxWV 148

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