Lübeck: Complete Harpsichord & Organ Music

Lübeck: Complete Harpsichord & Organ Music
Composer Vincent Lübeck
Artist Manuel Tomadin harpsichord & organ
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 95453
EAN code 5028421954530
Release June 2018

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Unfortunately, until recently, the music of Vincent Lübeck (c.September 1654–9 February 1740) was simply regarded as northern German music from the 17th century in the pre-Bach era. This recording is the first edition to include all existing organ and harpsichord compositions by Lübeck as well as a series of previously unknown manuscript pieces.

Despite Lübeck’s fame during his long lifetime, few of his organ works are well known, yet his pieces for organ are the most important in his oeuvre. Influenced by Buxtehude and Reincken, Lübeck composed works that were both technically and artistically elaborate with frequent two-pedal virtuosic passages, five voices and other compositional elements rarely used by most of his contemporaries. Lübeck’s Clavier Uebung, written in 1728, consists of a single suite for harpsichord, with the traditional dances (Allemande, Courante, Sarabande and Gigue) preceded by a prelude and fugue and followed by a chaconne.

The S.M.G. manuscript from 1691 includes 45 short pieces for keyboard, many anonymous although five are attributed to Lübeck’s father, and it also contains the only known compositions by Lübeck’s son. These pedagogical pieces work well on a small historic harpsichord or clavichord, or on a small or regal stop organ. In fact, the dynamic markings in certain pieces indicate clavichord, considered to be the preferred instrument on which to learn keyboard technique. Their charm and melodic inventiveness make them a joy to play.

Vincent Lübeck lived from 1654 till 1740. He is one of the most important composers of the North-German Organ School, the organist of the Nikolai Church in Hamburg, one of the most important churches, housing an impressive Arp Schnitger organ.
This set contains Lübeck’s complete works for harpsichord and organ. The pieces for organ are the most important of his works. Influenced by Dieterich Buxtehude and Johann Adam Reincken, Lübeck composed works that were both technically and artistically elaborate with frequent two-pedal virtuosic passages, five voices and other compositional elements rarely used by most of his contemporaries. This is particularly the case in his polyphonic writing, in the fugue passages and in the double fugues which demands a high level of virtuosity of the organist.
Manuel Tomadin, one of Italy’s foremost organists, plays the magnificent Van Hagerbeer Schnitger organ of the Grote Kerk of Alkmaar, one of the most famous instruments in the world.
The booklet contains excellent liner notes written by the artist, as well as the specifications of the instruments.

Organ performances recorded on the Van Hagerbeer/Schnitger organ (1646/1725) at Grote Sint-Laurenskerk, Alkmaar, The Netherlands in September 2017, and a positiv organ by Francesco Zanin (2012) at Silvelle di Trebaseleghe, Padua, Italy in November 2017.
Harpsichord performances recorded on an instrument by William Horn (after Michael Mietke, Berlin, 1700) at Silvelle di Trebaseleghe, Padua, Italy in November 2017. Contains liner notes, a biography of the artist, photographs of the instruments and specifications of the organs and harpsichord.
Details of the organ registrations used for each track are available at www.brilliantclassics.com.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Praeambulum in D Minor, LübWV 11
  2. Praeambulum in G Minor, LübWV 12
  3. Chacon in A Major, LübWV 20
  4. Praeambulum in E Major, LübWV 7
  5. Ich ruff zu dir Herr Jesu Christ, LübWV 13
  6. Praeambulum et fuga in F Major, LübWV 8
  7. Praeambulum in G Major, LübWV 9
  8. Nun lasst uns Gott, dem Herren, LübWV 15
  9. Praeambulum in C Minor, LübWV 6
  10. Ach wir Armen Sünder, LübWV deest
  11. Praeambulum in C Major, LübWV 10

Disk 2

  1. Praeludium et fuga in A Minor, LübWV 16: I. Praeludium. Vivace
  2. Praeludium et fuga in A Minor, LübWV 16: II. Fuga. Allegro
  3. Suite in G Minor, LübWV 17: I. Allemande
  4. Suite in G Minor, LübWV 17: II. Courante
  5. Suite in G Minor, LübWV 17: III. Sarabande
  6. Suite in G Minor, LübWV 17: IV. Gigue
  7. Chaconne: Lobt Gott ihr Christen allzugleich, LübWV 18
  8. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: I. Menuet
  9. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: II. L’Allemand
  10. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: III. March
  11. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: IV. Menuet
  12. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: V. Menuet
  13. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: VI. Aria. Mit Geduld will ich ertragen
  14. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: VII. Trompeter Stück
  15. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: VIII. Air Gavott
  16. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: IX. Menuet
  17. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: X. Englischer Winck = Tanzt od[er] Gique
  18. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: XI. Menuet
  19. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: XII. Folie d’Espagne
  20. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: XIII. March
  21. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: XIV. Menuet
  22. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: XV. Aria. Watt wart uns Armen Deerens suhr
  23. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: XVI. Bourée
  24. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: XVII. Menuet
  25. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: XVIII. March LübWV 22.1
  26. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: XIX. Menuet LübWV 22.2
  27. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: XX. Gavotte. Sa, sa, sa, die Gesundheit
  28. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: XXI. Entreé
  29. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: XXII. Menuet
  30. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: XXIII. Air
  31. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: XXIV. Trompeter Stück
  32. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: XXV. March
  33. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: XXVI. Bourée
  34. From the S.M.G. 1691 Manuscript: XXVII. Menuet
  35. Suite in A Minor LübWV 21: I. Allemande
  36. Suite in A Minor LübWV 21: II. Courante
  37. Suite in A Minor LübWV 21: III. Sarabande
  38. Suite in A Minor LübWV 21: IV. Gigue
  39. Menuet
  40. March
  41. Menuet
  42. Passepied
  43. Menuet
  44. Menuet
  45. March
  46. Menuet
  47. Menuet
  48. Menuet
  49. Menuet
  50. Praeludium in D Major, LübWV 19.1
  51. Ciaconne LübWV 19.2
  52. March
  53. Menuet
  54. Menuet du L’empereur Joseph
  55. La reponse menuet