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In Bach's Neighborhood / Delbert Disselhorst

Album Summary

>Kauffmann, Georg F. : Harmonische Seelenlust, for organ
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Georg Friedrich Kauffmann was born in Ostermondra, Thuringia, in the area of north-central Germany where the more famous Johann Pachelbel and J.S. Bach also started their careers. Kauffmann studied in Erfurt with Heinrich Buttstedt, a student of Pachebel, who also taught J.S. Bach's first cousin, Johann Friedrich Walther. These musical connections witness to the rich pipe-organ culture in the Lutheran churches of Thuringia and Saxony, with their superb organs and music based on well-known Lutheran hymns, serving the liturgy from Dorfkirche to Domkirche. Kauffmann succeeded his composition teacher, J.F. Alberti, as court and cathedral organist in Merseburg in 1710. In 1698 in Merseburg Dom Zacharias Thayssner had created a large organ which no doubt influenced Kauffmann's The Soul's Desire for Harmony, published in Leipzig in twelve installments beginning in 1733, forming the largest comprehensive publication of chorale settings since Samuel Scheidt published his Tabulatura Nova in 1624. This complete recording, employing registrations suggested by Kauffmann, is performed on an historical American organ by John Brombaugh (built with north-German and Netherlands concepts of the 17th and 18th centuries), and allows for a new appreciation of this monument of organ music. In 1739, Kauffmann's colleague J.S. Bach created another pinnacle in liturgical organ music with his Clavierubung III, in which he built on the already high level of musical achievement represented by Kauffmann's work. In this work, Bach reached the highest level of quality, technique and musical expression yet attained in the medium of the pipe organ's association with the spiritual music of the Christian church.


Unique and stunning
I was only peripherally aware of Kauffmann and his music before I bought this disc. This recording is a real gem, presenting the pinnacle of German Baroque organ music as most would have known and heard it. The instrument is historically informed, hand-crafted and perfect for these works, and the registrations are as close to what the composer intended as is possible.
Submitted on 10/08/12 by BStewart27 
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Works Details

>Kauffmann, Georg F. : Harmonische Seelenlust, for organ
  • Performers: Delbert Disselhorst (Organ); Ann Hom (Oboe)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque