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August Gottfried Ritter: Complete Organ Music / Massimo Gabba, organ

Album Summary

>Ritter, August Gottfried : Organ Sonata in D minor, Op. 11
>Ritter, August Gottfried : Sonata for Piano no 2 in E minor, Op. 19
>Ritter, August Gottfried : Organ Sonata in A minor, Op. 23/3
>Ritter, August Gottfried : Organ Sonata in A major, Op.31
>Ritter, August Gottfried : Toccata for organ in D minor
>Ritter, August Gottfried : Preludes (3) on Chorale Melodies, for organ, Op. 8
>Ritter, August Gottfried : Pieces (2), for organ
>Ritter, August Gottfried : Chorale Preludes, Op. 38
>Ritter, August Gottfried : Fugue for organ in B minor
>Ritter, August Gottfried : Chorale Preludes, Op. 29
>Ritter, August Gottfried : Fugue for organ in B major (after Handel)
>Ritter, August Gottfried : Large Chorale Preludes (3), for organ, Op. 9
>Ritter, August Gottfried : Fugue for organ in C minor
>Ritter, August Gottfried : Auf, auf, mein Herz, mit Freunden, chorale for organ
>Ritter, August Gottfried : Variations "Heil dir im Siegerkranz," for organ, Op. 1
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Notes & Reviews:

August Gottfried Ritter (1811 - 1885) is no household name, but to organists he one of the most significant figures in the history of their instrument; while his three-volume method of playing Kunst des Orgelspiels becoming a source of reference in Germany and elsewhere, his Geschichte des Orgelspiels compendium established his renown through bringing to light composers from the Renaissance and the Baroque periods, some of whom had already been forgotten by the time it was published in 1884. Today he is regarded as the founder of the modern German organ school. Placing a selection of rare works alongside his more famous organ music, this collection forms a unique tribute to the German composer's genius. The four Organ Sonatas are first to be presented, pieces which are all cyclical in nature, with Op.23 forming his largest composition for organ, a work of vast proportions that was dedicated to Liszt and which includes Ritter's debut use of organ toccata form. The second theme of Op.11 recalls the Adagio from the Toccata BWV564, a possible tribute to Bach whose music Ritter studied from an early age, and this baroque influence is expanded on in the second disc, in which the Toccata in D minor's use of the stylus phantasticus, the Fugue in C minor's treatment of J.S. Bach's Fugue BWV546 and the Fugue in B 'after Handel' are just a few examples of the predilection for all things past that penetrated the Romantic period. The Sandri organ of the Santuario Maria Ausiliatrice in Aprica, Italy, was the instrument of choice for this recording, played with poise and authority by the Italian organist Massimo Gabba, a specialist of the Romantic repertoire. Having recorded several CDs for leading labels such as Tactus, Elegia and Brilliant Classics, Gabba's performances have been widely acclaimed in the Italian and international press (Diapason, Organ Yearbook, Ars Organi etc.). He is currently Professor of Organ and Composition at the 'G. Tartini' Conservatory in Trieste. Other information: Rarely recorded repertoire. Booklet includes liner notes and artist biographies.

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Persuasive performances and well-framed recorded sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Santuario Maria Ausiliatrice, Aprica, Italy (09/20/2013-09/21/2013).



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>Ritter, August Gottfried : Organ Sonata in D minor, Op. 11
  • Performer: Massimo Gabba (Organ)
  • Notes: Santuario Maria Ausiliatrice, Aprica, Italy (09/20/2013-09/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ritter, August Gottfried : Sonata for Piano no 2 in E minor, Op. 19
  • Performer: Massimo Gabba (Organ)
  • Notes: Santuario Maria Ausiliatrice, Aprica, Italy (09/20/2013-09/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ritter, August Gottfried : Organ Sonata in A minor, Op. 23/3
  • Performer: Massimo Gabba (Organ)
  • Notes: Santuario Maria Ausiliatrice, Aprica, Italy (09/20/2013-09/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ritter, August Gottfried : Organ Sonata in A major, Op.31
  • Performer: Massimo Gabba (Organ)
  • Notes: Santuario Maria Ausiliatrice, Aprica, Italy (09/20/2013-09/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ritter, August Gottfried : Toccata for organ in D minor
  • Performer: Massimo Gabba (Organ)
  • Notes: Santuario Maria Ausiliatrice, Aprica, Italy (09/20/2013-09/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ritter, August Gottfried : Preludes (3) on Chorale Melodies, for organ, Op. 8
  • Performer: Massimo Gabba (Organ)
  • Notes: Santuario Maria Ausiliatrice, Aprica, Italy (09/20/2013-09/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ritter, August Gottfried : Pieces (2), for organ
  • Performer: Massimo Gabba (Organ)
  • Notes: Santuario Maria Ausiliatrice, Aprica, Italy (09/20/2013-09/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ritter, August Gottfried : Chorale Preludes, Op. 38 :: no 6. Den die Hirten lobten sehre
  • Performer: Massimo Gabba (Organ)
  • Notes: Santuario Maria Ausiliatrice, Aprica, Italy (09/20/2013-09/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ritter, August Gottfried : Chorale Preludes, Op. 38 :: no 12. Geh aus, mein Herz, und suche Freud
  • Performer: Massimo Gabba (Organ)
  • Notes: Santuario Maria Ausiliatrice, Aprica, Italy (09/20/2013-09/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ritter, August Gottfried : Fugue for organ in B minor
  • Performer: Massimo Gabba (Organ)
  • Notes: Santuario Maria Ausiliatrice, Aprica, Italy (09/20/2013-09/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ritter, August Gottfried : Chorale Preludes, Op. 29 :: no 1. Ach bleib mit deiner Gnade
  • Performer: Massimo Gabba (Organ)
  • Notes: Santuario Maria Ausiliatrice, Aprica, Italy (09/20/2013-09/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ritter, August Gottfried : Chorale Preludes, Op. 29 :: no 3. Auf meinen lieben Gott
  • Performer: Massimo Gabba (Organ)
  • Notes: Santuario Maria Ausiliatrice, Aprica, Italy (09/20/2013-09/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ritter, August Gottfried : Chorale Preludes, Op. 29 :: no 11. Jesu, meine Zuversicht
  • Performer: Massimo Gabba (Organ)
  • Notes: Santuario Maria Ausiliatrice, Aprica, Italy (09/20/2013-09/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ritter, August Gottfried : Fugue for organ in B major (after Handel)
  • Performer: Massimo Gabba (Organ)
  • Notes: Santuario Maria Ausiliatrice, Aprica, Italy (09/20/2013-09/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ritter, August Gottfried : Large Chorale Preludes (3), for organ, Op. 9
  • Performer: Massimo Gabba (Organ)
  • Notes: Santuario Maria Ausiliatrice, Aprica, Italy (09/20/2013-09/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ritter, August Gottfried : Fugue for organ in C minor
  • Performer: Massimo Gabba (Organ)
  • Notes: Santuario Maria Ausiliatrice, Aprica, Italy (09/20/2013-09/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ritter, August Gottfried : Auf, auf, mein Herz, mit Freunden, chorale for organ
  • Performer: Massimo Gabba (Organ)
  • Notes: Santuario Maria Ausiliatrice, Aprica, Italy (09/20/2013-09/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Ritter, August Gottfried : Variations "Heil dir im Siegerkranz," for organ, Op. 1
  • Performer: Massimo Gabba (Organ)
  • Notes: Santuario Maria Ausiliatrice, Aprica, Italy (09/20/2013-09/21/2013)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic