Bruhns - Complete Organ Music | Brilliant Classics 94447

Bruhns - Complete Organ Music

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 94447

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 21st April 2014

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About

Brilliant Classics continues its fascinating survey of Pre-Bachian keyboard music with a new recording of the complete organ works of Nicholas Bruhns. Bruhns, born into a musical dynasty, was organist, violist and violinist in Copenhagen, pupil of the famous Buxtehude, where he remained till his death, only 31 years old. Bruhns' works make full use of the many newly developed possibilities of the organ in his days, and form a splendid display of keyboard (and pedal!) virtuosity, and intricate counterpoint.

To complement Bruhns' complete organ works, this recording presents other works by Sweelinck (his famous Chromatic Fantasy), Scheidemann, Scheidt and Buxtehude.

The Bruhns family formed a musical dynasty in 17th-century Germany. Nicholas Bruhns learned organ from Dietrich Buxtehude, who regarded him as a favourite pupil. Bruhns was employed as organist in Copenhagen, where his salary was - unusually - raised to ensure his loyalty. Immensely happy in this post, he remained there until his death in 1697 at just 31 years old.

The four Praeludia are modelled after those of Buxtehude, and owe much to the style of his teacher through the use of repeated-note subjects and thematic transformation. The two E minor works are unsung gems of the Baroque period, which make prominent use of the echo device (common to the works of Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck), while Bruhns' toccatas are as technically brilliant as those by Vincent Lubeck, displaying qualities reminiscent of the violin idiom and extended passages for pedal.

The selection of Bruhns' works is completed with the Adagio in D and the Chorale Fantasia 'Num komm, der Heiden Heiland'.

Adriano Falconi enjoys an international reputation and has been a finalist and prizewinner for many organ competitions throughout Europe. He teaches organ at the Conservatory of Sassari and is principal organist of the Metropolitan Cathedral of St Lawrence in Perugia.

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