Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
1693 Schnitger organ at the Saint Jacobi Church in Hamburg
When you’ve got it, flaunt it. As a center for trade and diplomacy, the seventeenth-century north German port of Hamburg was one of the most prosperous independent cultural centers of Europe. As a city, it supported composers like Scheidemann, Praetorius and Reincken who, in turn, provided the foundations of a German Baroque style. This week, we sample the musical life of this cosmopolitan Hanseatic center and hear some of the music and instruments for which the city was, and remains, famous.
Guy Bovet, Douglas Bush, Gustav Leonhardt and Julia Brown play upon a proud cultural tradition, and we serve up delectible samples from our Hamburger Hotdish.
J.S. BACH: 4 Chorale-preludes: Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf, S. 1092; Wer nur den lieben Gott, S. 691; Liebester Jesus, wir sind hier, S. 730/731; Fantasy in G, S. 572 –Douglas E. Bush (1693 Schnitger/Jacobikirche, Hamburg, Germany) Sanctus CD-11112
JOHANN ADAM REINCKEN: Toccata in G –Robert Bates (1995 Fritts/Memorial Church, Stanford University, Stanford, CA) David Yearsley (1984 C.B. Fisk/Memorial Church, Stanford University, CA) Loft LRCD-1008