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Tunder, Hasse: Complete Organ Works / Flamme


Release Date: 02/24/2009 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777370-2   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz TunderNicolaus Hasse
Performer:  Friedhelm Flamme
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 2 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

Neither of these composers are particularly familiar names, but their pairing on this double SACD hybrid release is an entirely logical one. Franz Tunder succeeded Nicolaus Hasse’s father Peter or Petrus Hasse in the post of organist at St. Mary’s church in Lübeck in 1641. Roughly 10 years senior to Tunder, Nicolaus Hasse received tuition from his father, who in turn is reputed to have been a pupil of Jacob Praetorius whose own musical line can be traced to Sweelinck. Tunder in turn uses Praetorius’ example for his own chorale fantasias. The familiarity in the titles of the pieces shows how both these composers were part of a continuum of
Read more tradition which carried through to Buxtehude and J.S. Bach, whose own preludes and choral fantasias represent the pinnacle of baroque church organ music. The quality of the music on these two discs shows how well established were these traditions by the mid 17 th century in Germany.

Spread over a nicely balanced programme, Tunder’s Preludes share a similar structure and a more archaic harmonic language than many of the chorale fantasias. A short toccata-like introduction is followed by a chorale/chordal sequence, and topped with a four part fugue. The little G minor fragment gets no further than the introduction. These are attractive works nonetheless, and form a sort of foundation for the rest of Tunder’s organ works. The chorale fantasias vary in length and substance, from the relatively brief but delightful Jesus Christus, wahr’ Gottessohn to the remarkable Ein feste Burg ist under Gott on disc 1 which is full of technical echo tricks, and shares similar elaborate counterpoint to both versions of Was kann uns kommen an für Not. The Canzona is an animated little piece showing a lighter, more playful side to Tunder’s character.

Nicolaus Hasse’s complete known organ works amount to two arrangements and two chorale fantasias, but he also wrote numerous sacred songs and a miscellany of occasional works. One might expect the older composer to have a more conservative approach and this is indeed the case to a certain extent, but there are plenty of moments in Hasse’s chorale fantasias which approach Tunder’s in quality and stylistic content, the final work topping everything I terms of duration. Of the two versions of Jesus Christus, under Heiland, der von uns den Gotteszorn wandt the first is an arrangement which sets the chorale for full organ, and the second elaborates the cantus firmus in rather choppy segments, but using similar echo effects to some of Tunder’s chorale fantasias. The final Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott is of a similar structure but has a more ambitious scale as well as some nicely quirky rising chromatic passages, and is an impressively virtuoso work with which to close the programme.

Of the two composers, Tunder is the better known, but recordings of his organ works are hardly thick on the ground, and having them collected here as a complete set supplemented by Nicolaus Hasse is very much a worthwhile addition to the organ catalogue. This release is volume VI in CPO’s Organ Works of the Northern Baroque series, but with clever design this fact is neatly hidden inside the jewel case insert, so that you don’t feel you’re obliged to chase other volumes to complete the set or have to look at fragments of incomplete sets as the titles appear on the shelves. Friedhelm Flamme’s playing is top notch at all times, with a nice sense of flow and rhythm, tempering academic accuracy with a pleasant sense of organic freedom. The SACD effect opens the recording out nicely. Good enough in stereo, the extra sense of space and perceived dynamic width helps with the organ sound fairly significantly. The organ itself is by Christian Vater, and the original instrument dates from 1724 with a restoration dating from 2000. It has a bright, typically baroque sound, but the church has a pleasantly non-swampy acoustic and listening is in no way a hair-shirt authentic experience. This is definitely a recording to be enjoyed, not endured. The 16’ principal bass pipes are particularly impressive, and everything with the instrument is very nicely in proportion and, as you would hope and expect, entirely suited to the repertoire. This set of pieces is a breath of North German fresh air, and will stand proudly in any collection of baroque organ music.

Dominy Clements

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Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude for Organ in F major by Franz Tunder
Performer:  Friedhelm Flamme (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
2.
Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ by Franz Tunder
Performer:  Friedhelm Flamme (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
3.
Auf meinen lieben Gott by Franz Tunder
Performer:  Friedhelm Flamme (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
4.
Preludes (5) for Organ: no 2 in G minor by Franz Tunder
Performer:  Friedhelm Flamme (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
5.
Ein' feste Burg by Franz Tunder
Performer:  Friedhelm Flamme (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
6.
Herr Gott, dich loben wir by Franz Tunder
Performer:  Friedhelm Flamme (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
7.
Christ lag in Todesbanden by Franz Tunder
Performer:  Friedhelm Flamme (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
8.
In dich hab ich gehoffet, Herr by Franz Tunder
Performer:  Friedhelm Flamme (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
9.
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr by Nicolaus Hasse
Performer:  Friedhelm Flamme (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
10.
Jesus Christus, under Heiland, der von uns den Gotteszorn wandt by Nicolaus Hasse
Performer:  Friedhelm Flamme (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
11.
Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott by Nicolaus Hasse
Performer:  Friedhelm Flamme (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 

Sound Samples

Praeludium No. 1 in F major
Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (arr. for organ)
Auf meinen lieben Gott
Praeludium No. 2 in G minor
Christ lag in Todesbanden
Ein feste Burg (arr. for organ)
Praeludia No. 3 in G minor
Herr Gott dich loben wir
In dich hab ich gehoffet, Herr
Jesus Christus unser Heiland der von uns
Praeludia No. 4 in G minor
Jesus Christus, wahr' Gottes Sohn
Komm heiliger Geist
Prealudium in G minor
Was kann uns kommen an fur Not (version 1)
Canzona in G major
Was kann uns kommen an fur Not (version 2)
Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr
Jesus Christus unser Heiland (version 1)
Jesus Christus unser Heiland (version 2)
Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott

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