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Arp-Schnitger-Orgel Norden Vol. 3 / Luchterhandt, Janssen, Neumann

Luchterhandt / Janssen
Release Date: 07/17/2012 
Label:  Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog #: 9061753   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Susanne van SoldtSamuel ScheidtDietrich BuxtehudeJohann Sebastian Bach,   ... 
Performer:  Thiemo JanssenAgnes LuchterhandtSven Neumann
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Arp Schnitger organ in St. Ludger’s Church in Norden numbers among the most important baroque instruments of its kind and has remained practically unchanged over the centuries. In addition, the organ’s unique and complex resonance into various church spaces makes every recording a special challenge. On what is now their third SACD Agnes Luchterhandt and Thiemo Janssen present “their instrument” with a highly appealing and representative program sequence quite literally showing the instrument from all its best sides. They obtain superb support from the outstanding room-related 2+2+2 reproduction enabling the instrument and the space to be experienced in genuine three-dimensional sound.

What a genial solution! The great
Read more organ, middle pipes, and choir organ resonate diagonally into the crossing, and the pedal division into the Romanesque great organ, and the upper unit into the Gothic choir. No wonder that Bach was enthusiastic about Northern German organ design and the organ works of Buxtehude, Samuel Scheidt, and Georg Böhm.

Mozart’s famous variations on “Ah, vous dirais-je, maman” then offer a surprise. Agnes Luchterhandt avails herself of these magical variations in order to take us through the characteristic registers – a guided organ tour of a special kind and a welcome expansion of the classical repertoire, which can be presented surprisingly well in Norden.

Unusual Registration:
But the first surprise occurs right at the beginning of the SACD. “Brande champan-je,” a dance song from the sixteenth century, is performed true to the original in a version for two organists with percussion. The original drum stop is no longer extant on today’s organ; a Calcant whose work today is done by the organ motor substitutes for it.

-- MD&G (Dabringhaus & Grimm)
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Works on This Recording

Brande champanje (1599) by Susanne van Soldt
Performer:  Thiemo Janssen (Organ), Agnes Luchterhandt (Organ), Sven Neumann (Percussion)
Period: Renaissance  
Veni Creator Spiritus SSWV 153 by Samuel Scheidt
Performer:  Thiemo Janssen (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Praeludium for Keyboard in D minor, BuxWV 140 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Thiemo Janssen (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1690; Germany 
Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält, BWV 1128 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Thiemo Janssen (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1710; Weimar, Germany 
Variations (12) for Piano in C major on "Ah vous dirai-je maman", K 265 (300e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Agnes Luchterhandt (Organ)
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Arranged for pipe organ by Agnes Luchterhandt. 
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Thiemo Janssen (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten by Georg Böhm
Performer:  Thiemo Janssen (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Te Deum laudamus, BuxWV 218 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Thiemo Janssen (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Andante and Variations (5) for Piano 4 hands in G major, K 501 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Thiemo Janssen (Organ), Agnes Luchterhandt (Organ)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Notes: Arranged for pipe organ by Agnes Luchterhandt. 

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