Splendour: North German Organ and Choral Music | Sony 88985437672

Splendour: North German Organ and Choral Music

Label: Sony

Cat No: 88985437672

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 23rd June 2017



The album by Kei Koito features famous and well known baroque and pre-baroque music by composers such as Buxtehude, Praetorius, Scheidt, Scheidemann, and many others.

The tracklisting is based on alternation: after an organ piece, the corresponding choral work is sung by the renowned Italian ensemble Il Canto di Orfeo.

Kei Koito, originally from Japan, has a career as an esteemed concert organist. She has performed throughout Europe, Russia, Japan, and the Americas. She is acclaimed for her expertise on Baroque and Renaissance music, especially that of J.S. Bach. Musicians from Japan have gained a reputation in the interpretation of Baroque music, especially for music by J.S. Bach.

The programme of this album has been recorded in the famous Stephanskirche in Tangermünde, Germany. The Baroque organ of 1624 by Hans Scherer the Younger and his brother Fritz Scherer is especially noteworthy. Its design, consisting of a main organ, a Rückpositiv and bass pipes, is a clear example of the Scherers’ construction technique known as the “Hamburg Prospekt”. In 1994 it was restored. The organ, which had been altered several times in its history, was restored to its original acoustic pattern, which was possible as 50% of the original pipes were still in place. The instrument is tuned in a meantone. The instrument is famous among organ players all over the world.

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