Our fall trip to Germany to record the music of Bach and his sons is starting to take shape. We will be recording on the Silbermann organ at Rheinhardtsgrimma and on the
Jehmlich organ at the Kreuzkirche in Dresden. Exciting to be sure!!
David and I spent the morning at Zion Lutheran Church in Portland where I got to play the wonderful Martin Ott organ. It was a great morning. The instrument is wonderful and sounds well in the room. I enjoyed playing all sorts of Johann Sebastian Bach – from the G Major Fantasie to various chorale preludes, a trio sonata, and the D Major Prelude and Fugue. I also made time for playing one of CPE Bach’s Sonatas and some of the chorales by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach.
It was a great morning of music-making on another lovely instrument by Martin Ott! and great practice for our upcoming trip to Germany to record organ music of the Bachs for our new Bach and Sons show.
I had the privilege of hearing several superb concerts this weekend in Eugene, Oregon. The concerts as part of the Westfield Center’s Spring 2010 conference, were in celebration of the career of master organ builder, John Brombaugh. The conference explored the great
Netherlandish organ traditions of the 16th century, their legacy in North Germany a century later, and their extraordinary influence on organ building and performance in our own era. John Brombaugh’s organs in the Netherlandish style put Eugene, Oregon at the center of the modern organ map.
We heard two concerts on John’s instruments. The first played by Mark Brombaugh on the Opus 38a at Resurrection Episcopal Church and the second by Harald Vogel on the Opus 19 at Central Lutheran Church in Eugene. The beauty of these instruments is amazing.
Also in the same 24-hour period we heard a stunning concert on the Jurgen Ahrend organ at the University of Oregon’s Beall Hall. This concert was played by Matthew Dirst and David Yearsley and showcased the resources of this unique organ.
Another bonus to the conference was the concert by the Cascade Consort with David Yearsley playing a Cristofori fortepiano. I was swept away with the beauty of this instrument in David’s hands. Simply stunning!
I was mightily inspired by gorgeous sounds, wonderful music and stunning performances!
Plants send out more roots and buds start to open = soundscapes are chosen to enhance the beauty of the notes now starting to sound like beautiful music