Organ Recordings played by Jan-Uwe Ness

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. At El Elscorial: Sortie by Louis James Alfred Lefebure Wely (1817-1870)
    4. J.U. Ness: Free improvisation
    5. Toccata D-minor and Fugue, BWV 565 (J.S. Bach):
      • Ansgar Kirche, Kiel: Toccata
      • Viscount Organ at home: Fuge
    6. Petri & Pauli Kirche Hamburg Bergedorf: Spontaneous Improvisation (J.U. Ness)
    7. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart, KV 525 (Transcribed to Organ by Maurizio Machella)
  2. Literature on various organs

    1. Played at St. Nicolas in Trnava, Slovakia
    2. Played in Marbella on the El Organo del Sol Mayor; see also article in Spanish
    3. Played in the Monasterio de El Escorial
    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. Toccata and Fuge D-minor BWV 565 (J.S. Bach)
    2. Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfang Amadeus Mozart, KV 525 (Transcribed to Organ by Maurizio Machella)
    3. Prelude by Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)
    4. Concerto II A minor BWV 593
    5. Brabanschen ronden dans ofte Brand (ann. 1599)
    6. Allegro in G minor by William Herschel (1738-1822)
    7. Toccata, Adagio, and Fuge C-Major, BWV 564 (J.S. Bach)
    8. Scherzo Opus 65, No. 10 by Max Reger (1873-1916)
    9. Haendels Firework Music, mixed with Hymn "Lobet den Herrn"
    10. Sortie by Lefebure-Wely (1817-1869)
    11. Last Movement from D-Major Sonata by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809-1847)
    12. Suite Gothique Opus 25 by L. Boellmann (1862-1897):
      1. 3rd Movement
      2. Toccata
    13. Original Charleston - Foxtrott
    14. The Elephant from the Carnival of the animals
    15. Intrade in Jazz Johannes Matthias Michel
    16. Stille Nacht Melody by Franz Gruber (1818)
    17. Happy Birthday
    18. Der Mond ist aufgegangen Melody by J.A. Peter Schulz (1767-1800)
    19. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme by J.S. Bach (BWV 645)
    20. Mattheus-Final, J.S. Bach, Orchestration de Ch. Widor (1844-1937)
  4. Spontaneous 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
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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