Matthias Havinga: Passacaglia | Brilliant Classics 9269

Matthias Havinga: Passacaglia


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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 9269

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 25th June 2012



The Passacaglia is a musical form based on a repeated bass line over which variations are composed. The form was popular during the 17th century but proved to be a challenge in its structural restrictions for composers of later periods, continuously renewing and extending the form, while keeping to its basic formula.

This original program brings together composers from 4 centuries: from Kerll, Couperin, Buxtehude and the monumental Passacaglia in C minor by J S Bach, to well into the 20th century with Reger, Shostakovich and Jan Welmers.

The program is recorded on the magnificent Martti Pothan organ in Kotka Church in Sweden, by young virtuoso Matthias Havinga, whose earlier recording on this organ (Brilliant Classics 94203) of Italian Concertos by J S Bach received enthusiastic reviews in the press.

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