Krebs: Complete Organ Music

Composer Johann Ludwig Krebs
Artist Manuel Tomadin organ
Format 7 CD
Cat. number 95363
EAN code 5028421953632
Release October 2018

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Johann Ludwig Krebs (Buttelstedt, 12 October 1713 – Altenburg, 1 January 1780) was a favourite pupil of the great J.S. Bach (who regarded him particularly highly, punning on their two surnames declaring Krebs ‘was the only crayfish in his stream’) and a supremely talented inheritor of the composer–organist tradition of the Northern European Baroque. As a member of the last generation of these musicians, he lived in a time of marked shifts in taste, during the rise of the empfindsamer (sensitive) style, with its preference for balance and grace over the high baroque’s interwoven contrapuntal lines and chromatic harmony. For this reason his genius met with little acceptance during his long career, yet despite never securing a prestigious position and salary and never being commissioned to write he composed a significant body of music, particularly for the organ at which he excelled, his skill almost rivalling that of his mentor, J.S. Bach.

Today, long after the stylistic trends of his day have faded, Krebs is appreciated for his exceptionally refined music. For the organ this includes a variety of pieces in several improvisatory and contrapuntal forms, including a great many chorale settings. Thirteen of these come from his Clavier-Übung (keyboard method), the first volume of which was composed for the organ.

Manuel Tomadin has selected three instruments of the Northern European Baroque School, lesser-known than others in their native Germany and Holland and yet of very high quality, plus a modern instrument for the recording of the Clavier-Übung. The latter, built in 2007 by the Giovanni Pradella Workshop in the Italian alpine province of Sondrio, is nevertheless constructed according to ancient techniques in handcrafted hardwood and painstakingly cast and rolled pipes.


Johann Ludwig Krebs lived from 1713 till 1780, a period of transition from the Baroque to the Classical Period. Taught by his organist father he was sent to the St. Thomas School in Leipzig, where Johann Sebastian Bach was his teacher. From 1755 on he was organist at the court of Prince Friedrich of Gotha-Altenberg, a position he held till his death.
Krebs had difficulty in adjusting to the changing musical tastes of his time, which tended towards the Empfindsame Stil and the Rococo. His forte was the “old fashioned” counterpoint, in which he excelled and was only paralleled by his teacher and mentor J.S. Bach, who was full of praise for him, calling him “der einzige Krebs in meinem Bach” (the only crab in my stream).
This new recording of the complete organ works by Krebs uses several historical organs: the Arp Schnitger organ of Noordbroek, the F.C. Schnitger organ of Zuidbroek, the Gottfried Silbermann organ in Freiberg, and a Pradella Organ (2007) of Valle di Colorina. Organist Manuel 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, and other North German organ masters.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Toccata & Fugue in E Minor, Krebs-WV 411: I. Toccata
  2. Toccata & Fugue in E Minor, Krebs-WV 411: II. Fuga
  3. Ach herr mich armen Sünder, Krebs-WV 514
  4. Fantasia in F Major
  5. Trio in D Minor
  6. Fuga in B-Flat Major
  7. Mitten wir im Leben sind
  8. Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz
  9. Praeludium in C Major
  10. Trio in A Minor
  11. Fantasia sopra “Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele”, Krebs-WV 519
  12. Trio in E-Flat Major
  13. Fuga in E-Flat Major
  14. Fantasia a gusto italiano in F Major, Krebs-WV 422
  15. Wenn mein Stündlein vorhanden ist
  16. Trio in G Major
  17. Jesu, der du meine Seele
  18. Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr

Disk 2

  1. Prelude & Fugue in G Major: I. Praeludium
  2. Prelude & Fugue in G Major: II. Fuga
  3. Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut
  4. Trio in C Minor
  5. Fuga in C Minor
  6. Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein
  7. Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein
  8. Praeludium in F Minor, Krebs WV-407
  9. Trio in F Major
  10. Fantasia sopra “Wer nur den lieben Gott, läßt walten”
  11. O König, dessen Majestät
  12. Praeludium in C Minor
  13. Trio sopra chorale “Mein Gott, das Herze bring ich dir” in G Minor, Krebs-WV 538
  14. Fuga in F Minor
  15. Fantasia sopra “Jesus, meine Zuversicht”
  16. Toccata & Fugue in A Minor, Krebs-WV 411: I. Toccata
  17. Toccata & Fugue in A Minor, Krebs-WV 411: II. Fuga

Disk 3

  1. Prelude & Fugue in C Major: I. Praeludium
  2. Prelude & Fugue in C Major: II. Fuga
  3. Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr
  4. Fuga in F Major
  5. Wo soll ich fliehen hin
  6. Von Himmel hoch, da komm ich her
  7. Trio in C Minor
  8. Praeludia in C Major
  9. Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht
  10. Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern in F Major, Krebs-WV 552
  11. Trio in D Minor
  12. Praeludia in F Major
  13. Fuga in G Minor
  14. Herr, ich habe missgehandelt
  15. O Gott, du frommer Gott
  16. Fantasia in G Major
  17. Jesu, meines Lebens Leben
  18. Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ
  19. Trio in C Major
  20. O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort

Disk 4

  1. Prelude & Fugue in F Minor : I. Praeludium
  2. Prelude & Fugue in F Minor : II. Fuga
  3. Trio in B-Flat Major
  4. Fantasia sopra “Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend” in G Major, Krebs-WV 524
  5. Wir glauben all an einen Gott in F Major, Krebs-WV 554c
  6. Trio in C Major
  7. Praeludia in F Major
  8. Jesu, meines Lebens Leben
  9. Fuga in A Minor
  10. Fantasia sopra “Warum sollt ich mich denn grämen”
  11. Fantasia in F Major
  12. Ach Gott, erhör mein Seufzen
  13. Fuga in F Minor
  14. Trio in F Major
  15. Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele
  16. Praeludia in C Major
  17. Zeuch ein zu deinen Toren in A Minor, Krebs-WV 556
  18. Von Gott will ich nicht lassen

Disk 5

  1. Prelude & Fugue in C Minor: I. Praeludium
  2. Prelude & Fugue in C Minor: II. Fuga
  3. Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir in B-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 522: I. 2 Manuals & Pedal
  4. Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir in B-Flat Major, Krebs-WV 522: II. In Canon
  5. Trio in F Major
  6. Jesu, meine freude, Krebs-WV 110
  7. Fuga in B-Flat Major
  8. Fuga in A Minor
  9. Trio in E Minor (I)
  10. Trio in E minor (II)
  11. Trio in E Minor (III)
  12. Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan
  13. Wir glauben all an einen Gott in F Major
  14. Trio in D Minor
  15. Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn
  16. Prelude & Fugue in F-Sharp Major: I. Praeludium
  17. Prelude & Fugue in F-Sharp Major: II. Fuga

Disk 6

  1. Prelude & Fugue in D Major: I. Praeludium
  2. Prelude & Fugue in D Major: II. Fuga
  3. Wir glauben all an einen Gott
  4. Fantasia & Fugue in F Major: I. Fantasia
  5. Fantasia & Fugue in F Major: II. Fuga
  6. Ach Herr mich armen Sünder in C Minor, Krebs-WV 515
  7. Trio in E-Flat Major (I)
  8. Trio in E-Flat Major (II)
  9. Auf meinen lieben Gott in A Minor, Krebs‑WV 517
  10. Trio in E Minor
  11. Fuga in C Minor
  12. Prelude & Fugue in D Minor: I. Praeludium
  13. Prelude & Fugue in D Minor: II. Fuga

Disk 7

  1. Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr: I. Preambulum e fugetta
  2. Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr: II. Chorale
  3. Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr: III. Chorale variant
  4. Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten: I. Preambulum
  5. Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten: II. Chorale
  6. Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten: III. Chorale variant
  7. Jesu, meine Freude: I. Preambulum
  8. Jesu, meine Freude: II. Chorale
  9. Jesu, meine Freude: III. Chorale variant
  10. Christ, lag in Todesbanden: I. Preambulum
  11. Christ, lag in Todesbanden: II. Chorale
  12. Christ, lag in Todesbanden: III. Chorale variant
  13. Ach Gott, von Himmel sieh darein: I. Preambulum
  14. Ach Gott, von Himmel sieh darein: II. Chorale cantus
  15. Ach Gott, von Himmel sieh darein: III. Chorale variant
  16. Auf meinen lieben Gott: I. Preambulum
  17. Auf meinen lieben Gott: II. Chorale
  18. Auf meinen lieben Gott: III. Chorale variant
  19. Vater unser im Immelreich: I. Preambulum
  20. Vater unser im Immelreich: II. Chorale
  21. Vater unser im Immelreich: III. Chorale variant
  22. Sei Lob und Ehr dem höchsten Gut: I. Preambulum
  23. Sei Lob und Ehr dem höchsten Gut: II. Chorale
  24. Sei Lob und Ehr dem höchsten Gut: III. Chorale variant
  25. Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan: I. Preambulum
  26. Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan: II. Chorale
  27. Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan: III. Chorale variant
  28. Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott: I. Preambulum
  29. Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott: II. Chorale
  30. Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott: III. Chorale variant
  31. Von Gott will ich nicht lassen: I. Preambulum
  32. Von Gott will ich nicht lassen: II. Chorale
  33. Von Gott will ich nicht lassen: III. Chorale variant
  34. Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz: I. Preambulum
  35. Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz: II. Chorale
  36. Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz: III. Chorale variant
  37. Jesus, meine Zuversicht: I. Preambulum
  38. Jesus, meine Zuversicht: II. Chorale
  39. Jesus, meine Zuversicht: III. Chorale variant