The German Organists (1560 - 1750)


01Birth Of A Tradition20050815

Donald Macleod begins a week of programmes looking at some of the most important German composers of the 200 years leading up to JS Bach.

They were a diverse assortment of musicians who were united in their love of the organ.

Bruhns: Praeludium in Em (extract)

Bernar Foccroulle (organ)

Schütz: Sospir che del bel petto

Cantus Cölln

Konrad Junghänel (director)

Hassler: Canzon duodecimi toni à 8

Hassler: Domine Dominus noster à 23

Weser-Renaissance Bremen

Manfred Cordes (director)

Hassler: Ricercar

Martin Böcker (organ)

Michael Praetorius; Der Tag vertreibt die finster Nacht

Huelgas Ensemble

Paul van Nevel (director)

Michael Praetorius: Siehe, wie fein und lieblich ist

Musica Fiata, La Capella Ducale

Roland Wilson (director)

Michael Praetorius: Variations on Nun lob mein Seel

Michael Praetorius: In dulci jubilo

Timothy Roberts (organ)

Boys' Choir and Congregational Choir of Roskilde Cathedral

Gabrieli Consort and Players

Paul McCreesh (director).

04Apollo And Dionysius20050818

Donald Macleod profiles two giants of the early baroque era whose very different styles reflected a regional divide in German music, plus the man JS Bach considered his greatest musical ancestor.

Pachelbel: Canon and Gigue

London Baroque

Buxtehude: Prelude, Fugue and Ciacona in C

Ton Koopman (organ)

Buxtehude: Klag-Lied

Emma Kirkby (Soprano)

Lars Ulrik Mortensen (organ)

Pachelbel: Hexachord Apollinis, Aria Prima

John Butt (organ)

Pachelbel: Musicalische Ergötzung, Partie VI in B flat

Les Cyclopes

JC Bach: Es erhub sich ein Streit

Rheinische Kantorei

Musica Antiqua Köln

Reinhard Goebel (director).

05 LASTTowards Bach20050819

Donald Macleod reaches the final stage in his ramble through two centuries of German organist/composers, including the greatest of them all, JS Bach.

Bruhns: Praeludium in Em

Piet Kee (organ)

Bruhns: Mein Herz ist bereit

Max Van Egmand (bass)

Ricercar Consort

Lübeck: Praeludium und Fuge in Gm

Helmut Walcha (organ)

Böhm: Suite in Eb; Praeludium in Gm

Gustav Leonhardt (clavichord/harpsichord)

JS Bach: Prelude and Fugue in B flat m

Andras Schiff (piano).