Böhm: Complete Harpsichord and Organ Music

Böhm: Complete Harpsichord and Organ Music
Composer Georg Ludwig Böhm
Artist Simone Stella organ & harpsichord
Format 4 CD
Cat. number 94612
EAN code 5028421946122
Release January 2013

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Spanning 4 CDs and presenting over three hours of absorbing listening, this charming release explores the musical output of Georg Böhm – one of the most important German organists and composers around the turn of the 18th century, and who is considered to have had a major influence on the training of Johann Sebastian Bach.

The compilation focuses on the main nucleus of Böhm’s output, his works for keyboard, and divides equally into those for harpsichord and/or organ. Of chief interest among the pieces for the former instrument are the 11 Suites, works that were probably written for domestic performance, and these are joined by a range of other genres also common to the period. From the French Overture style of the Prelude in F to the art of variation that is the Chaconne in G, Böhm’s compositions abound in inventive detail, and we soon move onto the works for organ – where the composer’s most important contribution to North German keyboard music, that of the chorale partita, comes to the fore.

Performing all these works is Simone Stella, one of today’s most celebrated early music specialists and whose discography already includes two recordings for Brilliant Classics (Buxtehude’s Complete Organ Music 94422; Buxtehude’s Complete Harpsichord Music 94312). The release offers a fascinating insight into what is perhaps a lesser-known facet of the Baroque repertoire, and is certain to delight keyboard music aficionados.

Other information:
- Recorded 22–24 September 2011, OnClassical Studio, Pove del Grappa (CDs 1 & 2); 11–14 May 2012, Chiesa di Sant’Antonio Abate, Padova (CDs 3 & 4).
- Harpsichord: after Johannes Ruckers, Antwerp 1638; organ: Francesco Zanin 2006 (German Style).
- Böhm developed the so-called “Chorale Partita”, variations on the Lutheran chorale, in the form of a multi-movement partita. In this he was of great influence on the young Johann Sebastian Bach.
- Simone Stella continues his survey of Pre-Bachian German keyboard works with the complete harpsichord and organ works of Georg Böhm (1661-1733). He is one of the leading harpsichordists and organists of Italy, his earlier issue of the complete keyboard works of Buxtehude received uniform praise in the international press: “Thoroughly imaginative and engaging” (Fanfare), “Gelungen und überzeugend” (Klassic.com).”
- Includes extensive notes on the composer and the music (English and Italian).
- Includes a biography of the artist.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Praeludium in F Major
  2. Capriccio in D Major
  3. Menuet in G Major
  4. Praeludium, Fugue and Postludium in G Minor: I. Praeludium
  5. Praeludium, Fugue and Postludium in G Minor: II. Fugue
  6. Praeludium, Fugue and Postludium in G Minor: III. Postludium
  7. Chaconne in G Major
  8. Suite No. 1 in C Minor: I. Allemande
  9. Suite No. 1 in C Minor: II. Courante
  10. Suite No. 1 in C Minor: III. Sarabande
  11. Suite No. 1 in C Minor: IV. Gigue
  12. Suite No. 2 in D Major: I. Ouverture
  13. Suite No. 2 in D Major: II. Air
  14. Suite No. 2 in D Major: III. Rigaudon – Trio
  15. Suite No. 2 in D Major: IV. Rondeau
  16. Suite No. 2 in D Major: V. Menuet
  17. Suite No. 2 in D Major: VI. Chaconne
  18. Suite No. 3 in D Minor: I. Allemande
  19. Suite No. 3 in D Minor: II. Courante
  20. Suite No. 3 in D Minor: III. Sarabande
  21. Suite No. 3 in D Minor: IV. Gigue
  22. Suite No. 4 in D Minor: I. Allemande
  23. Suite No. 4 in D Minor: II. Courante
  24. Suite No. 4 in D Minor: III. Sarabande
  25. Suite No. 4 in D Minor: IV. Gigue

Disk 2

  1. Suite No. 5 in E-Flat Major: I. Prelude
  2. Suite No. 5 in E-Flat Major: II. Courante
  3. Suite No. 5 in E-Flat Major: III. Sarabande
  4. Suite No. 5 in E-Flat Major: IV. Gigue
  5. Suite No. 6 in E-Flat Major: I. Allemande
  6. Suite No. 6 in E-Flat Major: II. Courante
  7. Suite No. 6 in E-Flat Major: III. Sarabande
  8. Suite No. 6 in E-Flat Major: IV. Gigue
  9. Suite No. 7 in F Major: I. Allemande
  10. Suite No. 7 in F Major: II. Courante
  11. Suite No. 7 in F Major: III. Sarabande
  12. Suite No. 7 in F Major: IV. Double
  13. Suite No. 7 in F Major: V. Gigue
  14. Suite No. 8 in F Minor: I. Allemande
  15. Suite No. 8 in F Minor: II. Courante
  16. Suite No. 8 in F Minor: III. Sarabande
  17. Suite No. 8 in F Minor: IV. Ciacona
  18. Suite No. 9 in F Minor: I. Allemande
  19. Suite No. 9 in F Minor: II. Courante
  20. Suite No. 9 in F Minor: III. Sarabande
  21. Suite No. 10 in G Major: I. Praeludium
  22. Suite No. 10 in G Major: II. Allemande
  23. Suite No. 10 in G Major: III. Courante
  24. Suite No. 10 in G Major: IV. Sarabande
  25. Suite No. 10 in G Major: V. Rondeau – Gigue
  26. Suite No. 11 in A Minor: I. Allemande
  27. Suite No. 11 in A Minor: II. Courante
  28. Suite No. 11 in A Minor: III. Sarabande
  29. Suite No. 11 in A Minor: IV. Gigue
  30. Partita ‘Jesu du bist allzu schöne’: I. Part 1
  31. Partita ‘Jesu du bist allzu schöne’: II. Part 2
  32. Partita ‘Jesu du bist allzu schöne’: III. Part 3
  33. Partita ‘Jesu du bist allzu schöne’: IV. Part 4
  34. Partita ‘Jesu du bist allzu schöne’: V. Part 6
  35. Partita ‘Jesu du bist allzu schöne’: VI. Part 7
  36. Partita ‘Jesu du bist allzu schöne’: VII. Part 8
  37. Partita ‘Jesu du bist allzu schöne’: VIII. Part 9
  38. Partita ‘Jesu du bist allzu schöne’: IX. Part 10
  39. Partita ‘Jesu du bist allzu schöne’: X. Part 11
  40. Partita ‘Jesu du bist allzu schöne’: XI. Part 12
  41. Partita ‘Jesu du bist allzu schöne’: XII. Part 13
  42. Partita ‘Jesu du bist allzu schöne’: XIII. Part 14
  43. Partita ‘Jesu du bist allzu schöne’: XIV. Part 15

Disk 3

  1. Praeludium in C Major
  2. Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig: I. Part 1
  3. Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig: II. Part 2
  4. Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig: III. Part 3
  5. Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig: IV. Part 4
  6. Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig: V. Part 5
  7. Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig: VI. Part 6
  8. Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig: VII. Part 7
  9. Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig: VIII. Part 8
  10. Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr
  11. Auf meinen lieben Gott: I. Versus 1
  12. Auf meinen lieben Gott: II. Versus 2
  13. Auf meinen lieben Gott: III. Versus 3
  14. Auf meinen lieben Gott: IV. Versus 4
  15. Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir: I. Versus 1
  16. Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir: II. Versus 2
  17. Christe der du bist Tag und Licht: I. Versus 1
  18. Christe der du bist Tag und Licht: II. Versus 2
  19. Christe der du bist Tag und Licht: III. Versus 3
  20. Christ lag in Todesbanden I
  21. Christ lag in Todesbanden II
  22. Christum wir sollen loben schon
  23. A second fugue on the Praeludium in A Minor
  24. Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort
  25. Fugue in A Minor

Disk 4

  1. Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele: I. Part 1
  2. Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele: II. Part 2
  3. Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele: III. Part 3
  4. Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele: IV. Part 4
  5. Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele: V. Part 5
  6. Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele: VI. Part 6
  7. Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele: VII. Part 7
  8. Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele: VIII. Part 8
  9. Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele: IX. Part 9
  10. Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele: X. Part 10
  11. Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele: XI. Part 11
  12. Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele: XII. Part 12
  13. Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ I: I. Theme
  14. Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ I: II. Variation 1
  15. Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ I: III. Variation 2
  16. Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ I: IV. Variation 3
  17. Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ I: V. Variation 4
  18. Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ I: VI. Variation 5
  19. Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ II
  20. Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend: I. Versus 1
  21. Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend: II. Versus 2
  22. Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend: III. Versus 3
  23. Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend: IV. Versus 4
  24. Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend: V. Versus 5
  25. Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend: VI. Versus 6
  26. Nun bitten wir den heilgen Geist
  27. Vater unser im Himmelreich I: I. Versus 1
  28. Vater unser im Himmelreich I: II. Versus 2
  29. Vater unser im Himmelreich II
  30. Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her
  31. Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten: I. Part 1
  32. Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten: II. Part 2
  33. Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten: III. Part 3
  34. Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten: IV. Part 4
  35. Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten: V. Part 5
  36. Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten: VI. Part 6
  37. Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten: VII. Part 7
  38. Wer nur lieben Gott lässt walten: Adagio
  39. Praeludium in D Minor