Organ Recordings played by Jan-Uwe Ness



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The recordings are presented in 5 chapters
  1. Favorites
  2. Various instruments: Organ literature and improvisations
  3. Literature performed on My Digital Organ at home.
  4. Sponanteous Improvisations
  5. Experimental
  1. Favorites

    1. At Magedburg Cathedral: Mattheus-Final, J.S. Bach, Orchestration de Ch. Widor (1844-1937)
    2. At El Elscorial: Concerto II A minor BWV 593 First Movement
    3. J.U. Ness: Free improvisation
    4. Toccata D-minor and Fugue, BWV 565 (J.S. Bach):
      • Ansgar Kirche, Kiel: Toccata
      • Viscount Organ at home: Fuge
    5. Petri & Pauli Kirche Hamburg Bergedorf: Ad-hoc Improvisation (J.U. Ness)
    6. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart, KV 525 (Transcribed to Organ by Maurizio Machella)
    7. Schafe können sicher weiden from: Jagdkantate by Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 208
    8. Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja from opera Zauberflöte by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart, KV 620
    9. Hornpipe by G.F. Händel
    10. Liberty Bell by John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)
    11. Hungarian Dance No.5 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
  2. Literature on various organs

    1. Played at St. Nicolas in Trnava, Slovakia
      This visit was exploratory without necessarily achieving best results.
    2. Played in Marbella, Andaucia (Spain) on the El Organo del Sol Mayor; see also article in Spanish
    3. Played in the Monasterio de El Escorial
      Exploratory visit without enough time to prepare for good recordings.
    4. Played on Great Organ in Magdeburg Cathedral
    5. Kleuker Organ at St. Nikolai, Kiel, Germany
    6. Tolle/Neutor Organ at St. Ansgar, Kiel, Germany
    7. Petri und Pauli Kirche, Bergedorf (Hamburg):
    8. Baroque Spanish-style Organ from 1766 in Oña, near Burgos, Spain
      Concert on 19 September 2009
      1. Largo by G.F. Haendel (1685-1759)
      2. Cesar Franck (1822-1890), Pieces pour Orgue ou Harmonium:
      3. Cesar Franck (1822-1890), Vieux Noel:
      4. Original Charleston - Foxtrott
  3. Literature on Viscount Organ at home

    1. Christmas Carols
    2. Toccata and Fuge D-minor BWV 565 (J.S. Bach)
    3. Schafe können sicher weiden from: Jagdkantate by Johann Sebastian Bach, BWV 208
    4. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart, KV 525 (Transcribed to Organ by Maurizio Machella)
    5. Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja from opera Zauberflöte by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart, KV 620
    6. Prelude by Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)
    7. Concerto II A minor BWV 593
    8. Brabanschen ronden dans ofte Brand (ann. 1599)
    9. Allegro in G minor by William Herschel (1738-1822)
    10. Toccata, Adagio, and Fuge C-Major, BWV 564 (J.S. Bach)
    11. Präludium D major BWV532
    12. Scherzo Opus 65, No. 10 by Max Reger (1873-1916)
    13. Haendels Firework Music, mixed with Hymn "Lobet den Herrn"
    14. Hornpipe from Haendels Watermusic by G.F. Händel
    15. Sortie by Lefebure-Wely (1817-1869)
    16. Last Movement from D-Major Sonata by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
    17. Hungarian Dance No.5 in G minor by Johannes Brahms
    18. Suite Gothique Opus 25 by L. Boellmann (1862-1897):
    19. Original Charleston - Foxtrott
    20. Liberty Bell by John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)
    21. The Elephant from the Carnival of the animals
    22. Intrade in Jazz Johannes Matthias Michel
    23. Stille Nacht Melody by Franz Gruber (1818)
    24. Happy Birthday (own harmonies)
    25. Der Mond ist aufgegangen Melody by J.A. Peter Schulz (1767-1800)
    26. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme by J.S. Bach (BWV 645)
    27. Mattheus-Final, J.S. Bach, Orchestration de Ch. Widor (1844-1937)
  4. Ad-hoc Improvisations

    Recordings of spontaneous improvisations. I just played what came to mind. Getting a totally perfect improvisation is not so easy, as the mind sometimes wanders a bit far away, so some deficiencies will be noted.
    Giving names to improvisations is difficult, so I just label them with roman numbers. Below I give some comments describing a bit the character.
    1. Plenum, with flowing character (2:26)
    2. Oboe (4:13)
    3. Joyful plenum in G-menor (3:39) 2016-09-16
    4. Pure Reeds (5:03)
    5. Strings (4:53)
    6. Plenum (2:38)
      Contains a couple of ii-V-I turnarounds (German term: Dominantvorhalt)
    7. March (3:23)
    8. Fanfare (2:26)
      The organ sounds a bit out of tune but was in fact set to historic Meantone temperament; perhaps not best choice for improvisations with a lot of modulations and probably for this reason the recording ends a bit abruptly.
    9. Cheeky (1:34)
      An attempt to be cheeky is a bit risky for an improvisation, and the rythm is not always as systematic as a composer would set it.
    10. Deep Waters (2:38)
    11. Darkish character with a lot of 16' voices involved. Calm to relax.
    12. Swing (3:11)
    13. Bag Pipe (2:24)
      Again in Meantone temperament
    14. Theatre Organ (4:55)
      Plenum with tremulos, sounding like a theater organ. A bit like Phantom of the opera.
    15. Madness (8:36)
  5. Experimental

    These are imperfect recordings, either I got lost somewhere, the recordings don't go to the end etc....
    1. Played on the Allen Organ in Valladolid, Spain
    2. Played in the Monasterio de El Escorial
    3. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik IV by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart, KV 525 (Transcribed to Organ by Maurizio Machella)
Disclaimer: This is a personal collection of recordings, all music played by myself. Some pictures are taken from Wikipedia and comply with their license policies

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