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Organ Works By J.s. Bach, Muffat, Zipoli, Kerll & Froberger


Release Date: 07/25/2006 
Label:  Oehms   Catalog #: 542   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Georg MuffatJohann Kaspar KerllDomenico ZipoliJohann Jacob Froberger,   ... 
Performer:  Heidrun Hensel
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Heidrun Hensel is a former student of Klemens Schnorr in Munich and is highly active, not just as an organist, but also as a harpsichordist and continuo player with various groups. Here she presents a programme “tracing the Italian style in Bavaria” on the small Ahrend organ in Landshut. About the organ we learn little, not even the specification, which is a shame. Although clearly an organ by the great master organ-builder of his generation, Hensel does note that his style is slightly adapted to the Southern German Catholic sound-world through the use of “gentle, singing Italianate Principals with a relatively expansive range of sounds.” One of the most charming of these is the Voce Umana - or perhaps it’s a Piffaro? - so present in the Read more ‘All’Elevazione’ of Zipoli – I haven’t come across one of these on an Ahrend instrument and it is, predictably enough, a beauty.

Hensel’s programme contains little truly idiomatic organ music. Most of it is manualiter, and much was probably intended for the harpsichord. This is fine and I don’t intend it as an implied criticism. None of the music sounds out of place, and Hensel’s playing is, without exception, neat, tidy, well controlled and featuring a beautiful touch. What I miss is on the one hand a little freedom, especially in the rather wooden Toccata Duodecima of Muffat, where the contrast between ‘real’ contrapuntal writing and free invention should surely be honoured in a more dynamic way, and on the other a certain ‘organic’ vocabulary of expression through articulation. This is especially prevalent in the slower movements of the concertos, both of which feature repeated chordal accompaniments, and both of which receive, as a result of Hensel’s approach, very equal accents. On the other hand her sense of intimate atmosphere in the Froberger Lamento for example is spot-on. It is also good to hear the music of the much-travelled Domenico Zipoli. These miniatures by him are so seldom played and yet contain so much good humour.

The booklet contains a slightly superficial interview with the performer, though it is interesting to get some insights into her approach to the music. It is a shame that as well as the lack of the information about the instrument, there is no explicit information about the music. On the other hand, the repertoire is relatively unusual, and the quality of Jürgen Ahrend’s instrument ensures that the ear never tires.

Chris Bragg, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Partita for Keyboard no D minor by Georg Muffat
Performer:  Heidrun Hensel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1690; Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/27/2005 
Venue:  St. Jodok, Landshut, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2.
Capriccio sopra il cucu by Johann Kaspar Kerll
Performer:  Heidrun Hensel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/27/2005 
Venue:  St. Jodok, Landshut, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3.
Sonate d'intavolatura: Toccata by Domenico Zipoli
Performer:  Heidrun Hensel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1716/1722 
Date of Recording: 04/27/2005 
Venue:  St. Jodok, Landshut, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4.
Sonate d'intavolatura: All'Elevazione by Domenico Zipoli
Performer:  Heidrun Hensel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1716/1722; Italy 
Date of Recording: 04/27/2005 
Venue:  St. Jodok, Landshut, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
5.
Suite no 12 in C major by Johann Jacob Froberger
Performer:  Heidrun Hensel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/27/2005 
Venue:  St. Jodok, Landshut, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 59 Secs. 
6.
Toccata for organ No. 12 (from Apparatus musico-organisticus, Part 2) by Georg Muffat
Performer:  Heidrun Hensel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1690 
Date of Recording: 04/27/2005 
Venue:  St. Jodok, Landshut, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 50 Secs. 
7.
Concerto in D minor after Alessandro Marcello, BWV 974 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Heidrun Hensel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/27/2005 
Venue:  St. Jodok, Landshut, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 13 Secs. 
8.
Sonate d'intavolatura: Al Post communio by Domenico Zipoli
Performer:  Heidrun Hensel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/27/2005 
Venue:  St. Jodok, Landshut, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
9.
Sonate d'intavolatura: All'Offertorio by Domenico Zipoli
Performer:  Heidrun Hensel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1716 
Date of Recording: 04/27/2005 
Venue:  St. Jodok, Landshut, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
10.
Concerto in D major after Vivaldi, BWV 972 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Heidrun Hensel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/27/2005 
Venue:  St. Jodok, Landshut, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 0 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 974 (after A. Marcello's Oboe Concerto): I. -
Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 974 (after A. Marcello's Oboe Concerto): II. Adagio
Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 974 (after A. Marcello's Oboe Concerto): III. Presto
Partita in D minor: I. Prelude
Partita in D minor: II. Allemande
Partita in D minor: III. Courante
Partita in D minor: IV. Sarabande
Partita in D minor: V. Gavotte
Partita in D minor: VI. Menuet I
Partita in D minor: VII. Menuet II-I
Partita in D minor: VIII. Gigue
Capriccio sopra il cucu
Sonate d'intavolature, Book 1: Toccata in D minor
Sonate d'intavolature, Book 1: All'Elevazione
Sonate d'intavolature, Book 1: Al Post Comunio
Sonate d'intavolature, Book 1: All'Offertorio
Suite No. 12 in C major: I. Lamento sopra la dolorosa oerdita della Real Msta di Ferdinando IV, Re de Romani
Apparatus musico-organisticus: Toccata No. 12
Keyboard Concerto in D major, BWV 972 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in D major, RV 230): I. Tempo ordinario
Keyboard Concerto in D major, BWV 972 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in D major, RV 230): II. Larghetto
Keyboard Concerto in D major, BWV 972 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in D major, RV 230): III. Allegro

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