The next stop on our 2012 performance tour found us in the town of Freiberg, Germany. Founded in 1186 the town was heralded for its significance in the mining industry for many centuries. Today the historic old town is a charming area of restored Renaissance and Baroque edifices, including the Dom Kirche and the St. Petrikirche.
It was at the St. Petrikirche on the recently restored Gottfried Silbermann organ where I played the final concert of our tour. Performing on this historic organ, an instrument built by Silbermann in 1735, for my final program of the tour was a unique privilege and joy. The organ is a superb example of the work of the master organ builder, Gottfried Silbermann. It is an amazing two manual and pedal instrument with 32 registers including a sonorous 16′ principal on the Hauptwerk and tremendous reeds in the pedal. The organ was restored to its original condition in 2007.
I decided to program pieces that could have been played on the Silbermann when it was new in 1735 — pieces by Scheidt, Bruhns, Telemann, and JS Bach. Naturally, the music fit the instrument superbly. In addition, the church had the perfect 7 second reverberation I have ever heard. The glorious sounds of the final E-Flat chord of Bach’s St. Anne fugue simply drifted into space, filling every inch of this awesome church. Heavenly sounds in a heavenly place.
(Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist and with David Jordan, creator and performer of the organ and media event, Bach and Sons.)