Erbach: Complete Organ Music

Erbach: Complete Organ Music
Composer Christian Erbach
Artist Manuel Tomadin organ
Format 9 CD
Cat. number 95329
EAN code 5028421953298
Release December 2022

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First recordings galore on the most comprehensive collection ever issued of an overlooked master of the early German Baroque.
Born around 1570, Christian Erbach apparently pursued the career of a musician from his earliest years. By his early 30s he had taken over organist positions in Augsburg previously held by the better known Hans Leo Hassler (the subject of another unrivalled compendium by Manuel Tomadin on Brilliant Classics, 95331).
Like Hassler, Erbach was evidently influenced as a composer by Italian and in particular Venetian flavours of polychoral and effervescent writing even in his instrumental output. The predominant forms in this set are toccatas, canzonas and ricercars, as well as instrumental‘settings’ of the Magnificat and the Ordinary of the Mass for liturgical use.
Erbach himself must have been an organist of tremendous flourish and with an ear for liturgical theatre, to judge from the colourful array of textures he demands in his music. Both his music and his renown as a teacher exercised a formative influence over the next two generations of German organ music – from which eventually emerged its own dominant figure, Johann Sebastian Bach (who also looked over to the other side of the Alps for stylistic inspiration).
In an extensive booklet introduction to Erbach’s life and works, the organist Manuel Tomadin makes available much research otherwise unavailable in English. He has chosen to make this comprehensive set on a selection of organs in northern Italy and Austria, all of them equipped with the registral possibilities to make the composer’s music sing in its own language, and several of them dating from Erlebach’s own time, based in Bologna, Mantova, Pistoia and farther afield. All the instruments are illustrated in the booklet with colour photographs and a detailed registration plan, making the set invaluable for both organ buffs and any listener with a broader interest in the German Baroque.

· Christian Erbach’s exact date of birth is unknown, but he was probably born between 1568 and 1573. For most of his life he worked as assistant and then resident organist in Augsburg (Germany). His assignments included the teaching of music composition and organ playing to selected students from the choral school of the Cathedral. He was a highly regarded teacher and his good credit attracted both Catholic (like him) and Protestant students from many other cities.
· Christian Erbach can be considered the most important music teacher of his time, together with J.P. Sweelinck from Amsterdam. The works he composed for keyboards are usually Fugues, Ricercari, Magnificats and Canzonas, and also Introitos, and Versos for the liturgical use. His Toccatas, above all, strongly influenced the organ composition style of Southern Germany, thanks to their virtuoso style. The composition style is reminiscent of the works of Gabrieli of the Venetian School, in the employment of some of the most majestic and sumptuous Italian instruments of his time, that are, luckily, still working and suitable to be used for these recordings. For example, the twenty-four feet organ placed in San Petronio in Bologna sounds absolutely majestic: this instrument is capable of highlighting both the low and the high frequencies, paying the righteous tribute to the high composition level of Erbach’s works.
· Manuel Tomadin plays a variety of organs for this set, several of which are historical and date from the time of composition. Each organ is described in the extensive liner notes.
· Tomadin is one of the foremost Italian organists of today, a scholar and passionate musician, with an impressive discography to his name: Husumer Organ Book, Alberti Complete Keyboard Works, Van Noordt, Krebs, Lübeck, Hassler, Martini and other North German organ masters.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Christian Erbach: Introitus quinti toni
  2. Christian Erbach: Fuga secundi toni
  3. Christian Erbach: Toccata
  4. Christian Erbach: Canzona secundi toni
  5. Christian Erbach: Toccata primi toni
  6. Christian Erbach: Canzona quarti toni
  7. Christian Erbach: Ricercar secundi toni
  8. Christian Erbach: Toccata quarti toni
  9. Christian Erbach: Fantasia sub elevatione
  10. Christian Erbach: Toccata tertii toni
  11. Christian Erbach: Ricercar primi toni
  12. Christian Erbach: Toccata septimi toni
  13. Christian Erbach: Canzona secundi toni
  14. Christian Erbach: Introitus octavi toni
  15. Christian Erbach: Toccata quarti toni
  16. Christian Erbach: Ricercar quinti toni
  17. Christian Erbach: Toccata Octavi toni

Disk 2

  1. Christian Erbach: Introitus quinti toni
  2. Christian Erbach: Canzona quinti toni
  3. Christian Erbach: Intonatio secundi toni
  4. Christian Erbach: Toccata
  5. Christian Erbach: Canzona
  6. Christian Erbach: Ricercar primi toni
  7. Christian Erbach: Fuga
  8. Christian Erbach: Ricercar tertii toni
  9. Christian Erbach: Canzona tertii toni
  10. Christian Erbach: Fantasia sexti toni
  11. Christian Erbach: Magnificat octavi toni: I. Versus I
  12. Christian Erbach: Magnificat octavi toni: II. Versus II
  13. Christian Erbach: Magnificat octavi toni: III. Versus III
  14. Christian Erbach: Magnificat octavi toni: IV. Versus IV
  15. Christian Erbach: Magnificat octavi toni: V. Versus V
  16. Christian Erbach: Magnificat octavi toni: VI. Versus VI
  17. Christian Erbach: Toccata primi toni
  18. Christian Erbach: Ricercar
  19. Christian Erbach: 19. Toccata
  20. Christian Erbach: 20. Ricercar sexti toni

Disk 3

  1. Christian Erbach: Toccata quinti toni
  2. Christian Erbach: Canzona octavi toni
  3. Christian Erbach: Ricercar primi toni
  4. Christian Erbach: Fuga duodecimi toni (altern vers)
  5. Christian Erbach: Toccata octavi toni
  6. Christian Erbach: Canzona quinti toni (altern vers)
  7. Christian Erbach: Ricercar septimi e octavi toni
  8. Christian Erbach: Toccata primi toni
  9. Christian Erbach: Fantasia primi toni
  10. Christian Erbach: Ricercar quarti toni
  11. Christian Erbach: Magnificat secundi toni: I. Versus I
  12. Christian Erbach: Magnificat secundi toni: II. Versus II
  13. Christian Erbach: Magnificat secundi toni: III. Versus III
  14. Christian Erbach: Magnificat secundi toni: IV. Versus IV
  15. Christian Erbach: Magnificat secundi toni: V. Versus V
  16. Christian Erbach: Magnificat secundi toni: VI. Versus VI
  17. Christian Erbach: Ricercar noni toni sopra le fughe, Io son ferito, hai lasso è vestiva i colli
  18. Christian Erbach: Toccata primi toni
  19. Christian Erbach: Ricercar tertii toni
  20. Christian Erbach: Canzona secundi toni
  21. Christian Erbach: Toccata primi toni
  22. Christian Erbach: Ricercar septimi toni
  23. Christian Erbach: Toccata primi toni

Disk 4

  1. Christian Erbach: Canzona
  2. Christian Erbach: Canzona secundi toni
  3. Christian Erbach: Canzona francese tertii toni
  4. Christian Erbach: Canzona primi toni
  5. Christian Erbach: Ricercar
  6. Christian Erbach: Toccata
  7. Christian Erbach: Canzona octavi toni
  8. Christian Erbach: Canzona secundi toni
  9. Christian Erbach: Toccata primi toni
  10. Christian Erbach: Canzona septimi toni
  11. Christian Erbach: Canzona secundi toni
  12. Christian Erbach: Toccata secundi toni
  13. Christian Erbach: Ricercar
  14. Christian Erbach: Canzona secundi toni
  15. Christian Erbach: Canzona
  16. Christian Erbach: Toccata primi toni
  17. Christian Erbach: Fuga
  18. Christian Erbach: Canzona octavi toni

Disk 5

  1. Christian Erbach: Introitus secundi toni
  2. Christian Erbach: Canzona septimi toni
  3. Christian Erbach: Toccata primi toni
  4. Christian Erbach: Fantasia primi toni
  5. Christian Erbach: Ricercar quarti toni
  6. Christian Erbach: Introitus quarti toni
  7. Christian Erbach: Magnificat tertii toni: I. Versus I
  8. Christian Erbach: Magnificat tertii toni: II. Versus II
  9. Christian Erbach: Magnificat tertii toni: III. Versus III
  10. Christian Erbach: Magnificat tertii toni: IV. Versus IV
  11. Christian Erbach: Magnificat tertii toni: V. Versus V
  12. Christian Erbach: Magnificat tertii toni: VI. Versus VI
  13. Christian Erbach: Magnificat tertii toni: VII. Versus VII
  14. Christian Erbach: Ricercar tertii toni
  15. Christian Erbach: Toccata secundi toni
  16. Christian Erbach: Canzona quarti toni
  17. Christian Erbach: Fuga secondi toni
  18. Christian Erbach: Toccata quarti toni

Disk 6

  1. Christian Erbach: Toccata secundi toni
  2. Christian Erbach: Ricercar septimi toni
  3. Christian Erbach: Canzona noni toni
  4. Christian Erbach: Toccata quarti toni
  5. Christian Erbach: Ricercar septimi toni
  6. Christian Erbach: Fuga duodecimi toni
  7. Christian Erbach: Toccata quarti toni
  8. Christian Erbach: Canzona secundi toni
  9. Christian Erbach: Toccata septimi toni
  10. Christian Erbach: Toccata
  11. Christian Erbach: Canzona secundi toni
  12. Christian Erbach: Ricercar septimi toni
  13. Christian Erbach: Introitus sexti toni
  14. Christian Erbach: Kyrie paschale
  15. Christian Erbach: Introitus primi toni
  16. Christian Erbach: Ricercar sexti toni
  17. Christian Erbach: Introitus secundi toni
  18. Christian Erbach: Jesu Nostra redemption

Disk 7

  1. Christian Erbach: Toccata primi toni
  2. Christian Erbach: Canzona sexti toni
  3. Christian Erbach: Fantasia primi toni
  4. Christian Erbach: Ricercar quinti toni
  5. Christian Erbach: Introitus sexti toni
  6. Christian Erbach: Fuga primi toni
  7. Christian Erbach: Ricercar noni toni
  8. Christian Erbach: Kyrie simplici: I. Versus I
  9. Christian Erbach: Kyrie simplici: II. Versus II
  10. Christian Erbach: Kyrie simplici: III. Versus III
  11. Christian Erbach: Kyrie simplici: IV. Versus IV
  12. Christian Erbach: Kyrie simplici: V. Versus V
  13. Christian Erbach: Canzona septimi toni
  14. Christian Erbach: Ricercar quinti toni
  15. Christian Erbach: Magnificat quinti toni: I. Versus I
  16. Christian Erbach: Magnificat quinti toni: II. Versus II
  17. Christian Erbach: Magnificat quinti toni: III. Versus III
  18. Christian Erbach: Magnificat quinti toni: IV. Versus IV
  19. Christian Erbach: Magnificat quinti toni: V. Versus V
  20. Christian Erbach: Ricercar primi toni
  21. Christian Erbach: Toccata

Disk 8

  1. Christian Erbach: Toccata secundi toni
  2. Christian Erbach: Ricercar septimi toni
  3. Christian Erbach: Introitus primi toni
  4. Christian Erbach: Toccata secundi toni
  5. Christian Erbach: Kyrie duplex: I. Versus I
  6. Christian Erbach: Kyrie duplex: II. Versus II
  7. Christian Erbach: Kyrie duplex: III. Versus III
  8. Christian Erbach: Kyrie duplex: IV. Versus IV
  9. Christian Erbach: Kyrie duplex: V. Versus V
  10. Christian Erbach: Ricercar
  11. Christian Erbach: Canzona duodecimi toni
  12. Christian Erbach: Ricercar
  13. Christian Erbach: Introitus tertii e quarti toni
  14. Christian Erbach: Ricercar quinti toni

Disk 9

  1. Christian Erbach: Toccata sexti toni dopo il Magnificat
  2. Christian Erbach: Toccata quarti toni
  3. Christian Erbach: Ricercar secundi toni
  4. Christian Erbach: Toccata
  5. Christian Erbach: Kyrie solemne: I. Versus I
  6. Christian Erbach: Kyrie solemne: II. Versus II
  7. Christian Erbach: Kyrie solemne: III. Versus III
  8. Christian Erbach: Kyrie solemne: IV. Versus IV
  9. Christian Erbach: Kyrie solemne: V. Versus V
  10. Christian Erbach: Canzona sexti toni
  11. Christian Erbach: Ricercar octavi toni
  12. Christian Erbach: Canzona sexti toni
  13. Christian Erbach: Magnificat primi toni: I. Versus I
  14. Christian Erbach: Magnificat primi toni: II. Versus II
  15. Christian Erbach: Magnificat primi toni: III. Versus III
  16. Christian Erbach: Magnificat primi toni: IV. Versus IV
  17. Christian Erbach: Magnificat primi toni: V. Versus V
  18. Christian Erbach: Magnificat primi toni: VI. Versus VI
  19. Christian Erbach: Toccata primi e secundi toni
  20. Christian Erbach: Ricercar
  21. Christian Erbach: Toccata