Weckmann: Complete Organ Music

Weckmann: Complete Organ Music
Composer Matthias Weckmann
Artist Matteo Venturini organ
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 95229
EAN code 5028421952291
Release February 2020

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The most gifted pupil of Heinrich Schütz, one of the brightest stars in the musical firmament of 17th-century Protestant Germany

Born in 1616 or thereabouts, having displayed considerable talent from an early age, the 11-year-old Weckmann was brought to Schütz, who took the boy under his wing. As soon as his voice broke, he became organist at the court chapel in Dresden, and Schütz took him to Hamburg for lessons with the most celebrated German organist of the day, Jakob Praetorius. Weckmann also spent time with Heinrich Scheidemann, enabling him, in the words of one contemporary commentator ‘to moderate Praetorius's severity with Scheidemann's gentleness’.

In due course Weckmann took over Schütz’s post as director of the court chapel in Dresden, but he returned to Hamburg in 1655 and settled there as organist of the city’s most prestigious churches, enjoying great success before his death in 1674.

Weckmann’s organ music is remarkable for its originality above all: richly textured with a sophisticated use of harmony and counterpoint, occasionally quirky but infused with an expressive intensity matched by few of his contemporaries. There are nine surviving sets of chorale variations for organ and they count among his masterpieces, ranging in texture from thick, six-voice imitative polyphony with double pedal to effusive soloistic figurations over sustained, sensuous backgrounds.

Interspersed with the variation sets here are shorter Canzons, Toccatas, Preludes and Fugues which present Weckmann at his most intimate, exuberant and inventive.

With only one rival set of Weckmann’s organ music presently available, this new recording from Matteo Venturini will command the attention of all organ-lovers. His previous Brilliant Classics album of the organ music by Daniel Magnus Gronau (BC94843) was made record of the month by MusicWeb International: ‘Matteo Venturini's performances leave nothing to be desired. They are technically impressive, but also stylistically convincing. His phrasing and articulation are very good, and his performances really breathe.’

This 3CD set presents the complete organ works by Weckmann, a collection of Canzonas, Toccatas, Preludes and Fantasias.
Matthias Weckmann (1616-1674) was an organist and composer of the North German School. His musical training took place at the Dresden court, where he was a pupil of Heinrich Schütz, studying organ and singing. In 1633 he went to Hamburg to study with the famous organist Jacob Praetorius. He influenced by Schütz as well as pupils of Sweelinck who settled in Hamburg. The rest of his life he held important posts in Hamburg (organist of the Jacobskirche) and at the Dresden Court.
Weckmann follows in the steps of both Schütz and Sweelinck, fusing the Italian characteristics of Frescobaldi and Monteverdi with the North German principles of Scheidemann and Praetorius.
Played on the Dell’Orto & Lanzini organ of the parish Church in Pinerolo, Italy, built in the German Baroque Style of Arp Schnitger, the specifications of which are included in the booklet. Organist Matteo Venturini already successfully recorded organ works by Mühtel and Gronau for Brilliant Classics.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Matthias Weckmann: Præambulum primi toni a 5 in D Minor
  2. Matthias Weckmann: Fantasia ex D in D Minor
  3. Matthias Weckmann: Ach wir armen Sünder: Versus I. – choral in tenor
  4. Matthias Weckmann: Ach wir armen Sünder: Versus II. – à 2 Clav. è Ped.
  5. Matthias Weckmann: Ach wir armen Sünder: Versus III. – à 2 Clav.
  6. Matthias Weckmann: Fuga ex D pedaliter primi toni in D Minor
  7. Matthias Weckmann: Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ (I): Primus versus – à 4
  8. Matthias Weckmann: Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ (I): Secundus versus – Auff 2 Clavir
  9. Matthias Weckmann: Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ (I): Tertius versus – Auff 2 Clavir à 4
  10. Matthias Weckmann: Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ (I): Quartus versus – à 3
  11. Matthias Weckmann: Toccata dall 12 tuono [V] in C Major
  12. Matthias Weckmann: Canzon dall istesso tuono [I] in C Major
  13. Matthias Weckmann: Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ (II): Primus versus – à 4
  14. Matthias Weckmann: Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ (II): Secundus versus – Auff 2 Clavir
  15. Matthias Weckmann: Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ (II): Tertius versus – à 3 voc.
  16. Matthias Weckmann: Toccata [II] in E Minor
  17. Matthias Weckmann: Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein: Primus versus
  18. Matthias Weckmann: Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein: Secundus versus – Auff zwey Clavier
  19. Matthias Weckmann: Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein: Tertius versus
  20. Matthias Weckmann: Toccata [III] in E Minor

Disk 2

  1. Matthias Weckmann: Toccata in D Minor
  2. Matthias Weckmann: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her: Primus versus – à 5 Voc. Im vollen Werck
  3. Matthias Weckmann: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her: Secundus versus – Manualiter, canon in hyperdiapente post minimam
  4. Matthias Weckmann: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her: Tertius verus – Vff 2 Clavir
  5. Matthias Weckmann: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her: Quartus versus – à 3. Pedaliter, canon in sub diapason post semiminimam
  6. Matthias Weckmann: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her: Quintus versus – à 3. Pedaliter, canon in disdiapente post semiminimam
  7. Matthias Weckmann: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her: Sextus versus – Vff 2 Clavier
  8. Matthias Weckmann: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her: Septimus et ultimus versus – Im vollen Werck, Coral im Tenor, manualiter et pedaliter
  9. Matthias Weckmann: Toccata [IV] in A Minor
  10. Matthias Weckmann: Canzon [III] in D Minor
  11. Matthias Weckmann: Magnificat II. Toni: Primus versus – à 5
  12. Matthias Weckmann: Magnificat II. Toni: Secundus versus – à 4, Auff 2 Clavir
  13. Matthias Weckmann: Magnificat II. Toni: Tertius versus – à 5
  14. Matthias Weckmann: Magnificat II. Toni: Quartus versus – à 6
  15. Matthias Weckmann: Canzon [II] in C Minor

Disk 3

  1. Matthias Weckmann: Præludium – à 5 Vocum
  2. Matthias Weckmann: Gott sei gelobet und gebenedeiet: Primus versus – à 4
  3. Matthias Weckmann: Gott sei gelobet und gebenedeiet: Secundus versus – Auff 2 Clavir
  4. Matthias Weckmann: Canzon [IV] in C Major
  5. Matthias Weckmann: Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott: 1. Versus
  6. Matthias Weckmann: Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott: 2. versus – Auff 2 Clavir
  7. Matthias Weckmann: Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott: 3. versus – à 3
  8. Matthias Weckmann: Canzon V in G Major
  9. Matthias Weckmann: Toccata vel præludium [I] 1mi toni in D Minor
  10. Matthias Weckmann: O lux beata trinitas: Primus versus – à 5, Im vollen Werck
  11. Matthias Weckmann: O lux beata trinitas: Secundus versus – à 4. Choral in Cantu, manualiter vel si placet pedaliter
  12. Matthias Weckmann: O lux beata trinitas: Tertius versus – à 4 Voc.
  13. Matthias Weckmann: O lux beata trinitas: Quartus versus – 1. Variatio, manualiter – 2. Variatio – 3. Variatio a 3 Voc., canon in hypodiapason post emiminimam, manualiter – 4. Variatio canon in hypodiapason post semiminimam, manualiter vel pedaliter
  14. Matthias Weckmann: O lux beata trinitas: Quintus versus – Auff 2 Clavier
  15. Matthias Weckmann: O lux beata trinitas: Sextus versus – à 5 Im vollen Werck