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Walther: Organ Works Vol 2 / Craig Cramer


Release Date: 02/20/2001 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554317   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Gottfried Walther
Performer:  Craig Cramer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is rather terrific. It is an example of the transcriber's art as high as Bach's and a whole CD of it, full of Italian concertos we never hear, as well as ones we do. What we have here is a kind of super-abundant version of Bach's arrangements of Vivaldi and others. These are 'concertos after' and reflect the transcriber's skill who has turned them into organ sonatas with some degree of freedom. There was a Vol. 1 of transcribed (Albinoni, Gregori, Telemann, Gentili) and original works which I've not yet heard. Walther was a year older than his distant relative, J. S. Bach. The two became friends when Bach spent time in Weimar. Walther was acknowledged as one of the great organists of his day, playing not only his own compositions but, Read more as Vol. 2 shows, collecting those of other composers.

Born in Erfurt he received tuition from Johann Bernhard Bach. Organist at his home city's St Thomas he formed a friendship, based on much travelling, with Werckmeister, studied with Pachelbel's son, Wilhelm Hieronymus, then studied philosophy back at Erfurt university. As often happens to musical philosophy students in Germany around this time, he finally devoted his energy to music from thenceforth, and was organist at St. Paul's Weimar from 1707, joining the court orchestra by invitation of Duke Wilhelm Ernst, around the time Bach was leaving after the death of his wife.

Walther's own chorale preludes are represented, and 'Mache, dich' with its tinkling effects rather like some of Krebs's later efforts, recall one of the occasional stops no longer used in the organ vocabulary. They're very fine pieces and deserve to be better known. Walther's own modesty and low profile as a composer is the key to their comparative neglect. The transcriptions are suitable for the Italian or Italianate originals, the Vivaldi similar to Bach's and the Manzia unexpected in its use of flute stops. The Blamr is gentle, not quite bland, an attractive composition by someone hardly known to us. The Taglietti is full of panache and the three Torelli concerti that close the volume full of a graciousness one doesn't expect. The single movement d minor is full of questing for the home key, reflective and quasi-churchy. The B flat blows this away in brilliant ceremonials. The a minor is full of bright gothic gloom.

A really enjoyable disc, a true addition, beautifully recorded and played.

-- Simon Jenner, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Organ solo in A major, LV 128 "del Signor Blamr" by Johann Gottfried Walther
Performer:  Craig Cramer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Our Lady Church, Mechterstädt/Thüringen 
Length: 13 Minutes 44 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Organ solo in A minor, LV 140 "del Signor Torelli" by Johann Gottfried Walther
Performer:  Craig Cramer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Our Lady Church, Mechterstädt/Thüringen 
Length: 8 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Organ solo in B minor, LV 133 "del Signor Vivaldi" by Johann Gottfried Walther
Performer:  Craig Cramer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Our Lady Church, Mechterstädt/Thüringen 
Length: 9 Minutes 22 Secs. 
4.
Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, LV 104 by Johann Gottfried Walther
Performer:  Craig Cramer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Our Lady Church, Mechterstädt/Thüringen 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Organ solo in B flat major, LV 139 "del Signor Torelli" by Johann Gottfried Walther
Performer:  Craig Cramer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Our Lady Church, Mechterstädt/Thüringen 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Organ solo in G minor, LV 132 "del Signor Manzia" by Johann Gottfried Walther
Performer:  Craig Cramer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Our Lady Church, Mechterstädt/Thüringen 
Length: 10 Minutes 21 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Organ solo in B flat major, LV 135 "del Signor Taglietti" by Johann Gottfried Walther
Performer:  Craig Cramer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Our Lady Church, Mechterstädt/Thüringen 
Length: 6 Minutes 41 Secs. 
8.
Concerto for Organ solo in D minor, LV 138 "del Signor Torelli" by Johann Gottfried Walther
Performer:  Craig Cramer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Our Lady Church, Mechterstädt/Thüringen 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
9.
Partita for Organ "Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele" by Johann Gottfried Walther
Performer:  Craig Cramer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Our Lady Church, Mechterstädt/Thüringen 
Length: 9 Minutes 51 Secs. 
10.
Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, LV 84 by Johann Gottfried Walther
Performer:  Craig Cramer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Our Lady Church, Mechterstädt/Thüringen 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
11.
Ach Gott erhör mein Seufzen und Wehklagen by Johann Gottfried Walther
Performer:  Craig Cramer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1997 
Venue:  Our Lady Church, Mechterstädt/Thüringen 
Length: 1 Minutes 53 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Concerto after Vivaldi in B minor, LV 133: I. Allegro
Concerto after Vivaldi in B minor, LV 133: II. Adagio
Concerto after Vivaldi in B minor, LV 133: III. Allegro
Chorale Partita: Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele, LV 52: Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele, LV 52
Concerto after Luigi Manzia in G minor, LV 132: I. Allegro
Concerto after Luigi Manzia in G minor, LV 132: II. Adagio
Concerto after Luigi Manzia in G minor, LV 132: III. Allegro
Chorale Prelude: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, LV 84: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, LV 84
Chorale Prelude: Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, LV 104: Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit, LV 104
Concerto del Signor Blamr in A major, LV 128: I. Adagio
Concerto del Signor Blamr in A major, LV 128: II. Andante allegro
Concerto del Signor Blamr in A major, LV 128: III. Pastorella
Concerto after Taglietti in B flat major, LV 135: I. Grave
Concerto after Taglietti in B flat major, LV 135: II. Allegro
Concerto after Taglietti in B flat major, LV 135: III. Adagio
Concerto after Taglietti in B flat major, LV 135: IV. Allegro
Chorale Prelude: Ach Gott erhor mein Seufzen und Wehklagen: Ach Gott erhor mein Seufzen und Wehklagen
Concerto after Torelli in D minor, LV 138
Concerto after Torelli in B flat major, LV 139: I. Allegro
Concerto after Torelli in B flat major, LV 139: II. Adagio
Concerto after Torelli in A minor: I. Allegro
Concerto after Torelli in A minor: II. Adagio
Concerto after Torelli in A minor: III. Allegro

Customer Reviews

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 Recommended May 11, 2013 By Wil L W. (Richwood, TX) See All My Reviews "A real pleasure to listen to Walther's organ transcriptions of Baroque concertos by Italian masters, which are in the Bach transcription tradition. Walther's own chorales are good listening also. Good Naxos low price. Recommended." Report Abuse
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