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Matthias Weckmann : Intégrale de l'œuvre pour orgue. Venturini.
Format : 3 CD
Total Time : 03:04:31

Recording : 2018-2019
Location : Pinerolo
Country : Italie
Sound : Eglise / Stereo

Label : Brilliant
Catalog No. : BRIL95229
EAN : 5028421952291
Price Code : DM013A

Publishing Year : 2020
Release Date : 04/03/2020

Genre : Classical
Matthias Weckmann (1621-1674)
Præambulum primi toni a 5 en ré mineur
Fantaisie Ex D en ré mineur
Ach wir armen Sünder
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ (I)
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ (II)
Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein
Toccata en ré mineur
Es ist das Heil uns kommen her
Toccata IV en la mineur
Canzon III en ré mineur
Magnificat II. Toni
Prélude à 5 Vocum
Gott sei gelobet und gebenedeiet
Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott
O lux beata trinitas
Quartus versus
Quintus versus
Sextus versus

Matteo Venturini, orgue

Matthias Weckmann est né à Mühlhausen (petite ville de Thuringe où J.-S. Bach fera quasiment ses premières armes, presque un siècle plus tard). Il apprit la musique italienne via Schütz, avant de devenir petit chanteur puis organiste à la cour de Dresde et finalement titulaire du fameux instrument de St Jacques à Hambourg, capitale de l’Europe du Nord. L’enregistrement de ses œuvres complètes en 3 CDs qui nous parvient aujourd’hui, sous les doigts du florentin Matteo Venturini, organiste actuel de la cathédrale de San Miniato (Pise), a été réalisé sur un instrument d’esthétique allemande, construit par Dell’Orto e Lanzini pour l’église de Pinerolo. Que dire de cette parution courageuse mais un peu inaboutie ? On aurait aimé que l’harmonisation de l’orgue soit moins terne (par exemple au niveau de certains jeux d’anches solistes) et la prise de son moins lointaine, mais surtout que le jeu de l’interprète soit moins métronomique (ce qui est flagrant, notamment, dans les 4° et 5° variations - interminables - de "O lux beata Trinita" : respectivement 9’46’’ et 6’18’’ sans une seule respiration ni le moindre accelerando - qui eussent été parfois bienvenus. (Jean-Paul Lécot)

The most gifted pupil of Heinrich Schütz, one of the brightest stars in the musical firmament of 17th-century Protestant Germany Born in 1616 or thereabouts, having displayed considerable talent from an early age, the 11-year-old Weckmann was brought to Schütz, who took the boy under his wing. As soon as his voice broke, he became organist at the court chapel in Dresden, and Schütz took him to Hamburg for lessons with the most celebrated German organist of the day, Jakob Praetorius. Weckmann also spent time with Heinrich Scheidemann, enabling him, in the words of one contemporary commentator ‘to moderate Praetorius's severity with Scheidemann's gentleness’. In due course Weckmann took over Schütz’s post as director of the court chapel in Dresden, but he returned to Hamburg in 1655 and settled there as organist of the city’s most prestigious churches, enjoying great success before his death in 1674. Weckmann’s organ music is remarkable for its originality above all: richly textured with a sophisticated use of harmony and counterpoint, occasionally quirky but infused with an expressive intensity matched by few of his contemporaries. There are nine surviving sets of chorale variations for organ and they count among his masterpieces, ranging in texture from thick, six-voice imitative polyphony with double pedal to effusive soloistic figurations over sustained, sensuous backgrounds. Interspersed with the variation sets here are shorter Canzons, Toccatas, Preludes and Fugues which present Weckmann at his most intimate, exuberant and inventive. With only one rival set of Weckmann’s organ music presently available, this new recording from Matteo Venturini will command the attention of all organ-lovers. His previous Brilliant Classics album of the organ music by Daniel Magnus Gronau (BC94843) was made record of the month by MusicWeb International.

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