Catalog: VKJK 1716
Format: COMPACT DISC
Gottfried Silbermann as the greatest organ builder of the Baroque, with a conservative sound ideal, alongside the Romantic era, filled with lush tones and emotional exuberance – a contradiction in itself? No, because in the intensive study of Silbermann’s organs, Freiberg’s Cathedral Organist Albrecht Koch always found a great affinity for these instruments in romantic music. Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy or Robert Schumann as its representatives knew and appreciated the “excellent Silbermann Organ.” The program on this album thereby takes up two paths: on the one hand, works by Johann Sebastian Bach, which in their pathos, their musical intensity, tonal density, and emotional statement can be associated with the Romantic era and its emotional approach. On the other hand, Romantic organ works by Niels Wilhelm Gade, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger, which can be performed on the Great Silbermann Organ of the Freiberg Cathedral without any problems, as the range of the keyboard allows it.