Saturday, November 7, 2009

Christmas Music (Organ / Choir)

Christmas Concert - Stille Nacht - Silent Night

Nederländischen Chor 'Deo Cantemus' unter der Leitung von Cor de Haan. Ihre Christmas Concerts haben in den Niederlanden eine lange alljährliche Tradition. Erleben Sie mit rund 10.000 Besuchern das Christmas Concert aus dem Jahr 1995! Als Gäste diesmal dabei sind die Chöre 'Ablasserdam', 'Asaf, sowie die Sopranistin Margaret Roest und Altistin Tamar Niamut.

St. Thomas Boys Choir (Thomanerchor)

Massale koor- en samenzang vanuit de Grote Kerk te Dordrecht
Uitgezonden op 21 februari 2009

Sander van Marion speelt op orgel Evang.Luth.Kerk Den Haag

Sander van Marion speelt op orgel Evang.Luth.Kerk Den Haag

Massale koor- en samenzang vanuit de Martinikerk te Bolsward. Medewerkenden: Interkerkelijk Mannenkoor Drachten, Lemster Mannenkoor

Nederland Zingt - Er Is Een Kindeke Geboren Op Aard
Massale koor- en samenzang vanuit de Martinikerk te Bolsward. Medewerkenden: Interkerkelijk Mannenkoor Drachten, Lemster Mannenkoor
Massale koor- en samenzang vanuit de Martinikerk te Bolsward. Medewerkenden: Interkerkelijk Mannenkoor Drachten, Lemster Mannenkoor

Weihnachtskonzert aus der 'Doelen' Konzerthalle in Rotterdam mit dem niederländischen Chor 'Deo Cantemus' unter der Leitung von Cor de Haan.

Kerstconcert vanuit de Bovenkerk te Kampen.

Beerta (NL): Kerkdienst Hervormde kerk Beerta (NL)

Ere zij God

Christmas at Zürich, Tonhalle

Martin Baker improvising 'Come rest ye Merry Gentlemen', 'As shepards watched their flocks by night' and the Westminster chimes.

Saint Paul Cathedral Choir: Once in Royal David's City

Concert t.g.v. 75 jarig jubileum Chr mannenkoor D.E.V. uit Kampen o.l.v. Klaas Jan Mulder Deel 3
Opgenomen uit Nederland Zingt op 29-12-1992

St. Bavokerk - Haarlem: Sopraan Judith Sportel

Wees niet bevreesd, want God blijft voor je zorgen
Al zie je niet over de toekomst heen
Leef maar vandaag en denk nog niet aan morgen
God is nabij, Hij laat je nooit alleen.

Wees niet bevreesd, Hij ziet jouw stille tranen
Al heb je soms ook nog zo veel verdriet
Je hoort bij hem, hij roept ook jou bij name
God is nabij, zijn kind vergeet Hij niet.

Wees niet bevreesd, al kun je soms niet verder
Al staat je hele wereld ook in brand
Hij steunt je en draagt je, is de goede herder
God is nabij, Hij houdt je in zijn hand.

Wees niet bevreesd, al wankelt heel je leven hierna
Hij is het die van angst en zorg bevrijdt
vertrouw op hem, Hij zal je nooit begeven
God is nabij, voor eeuwig en altijd.

Nieuwe Kerk Middelburg NL

The Nieuwe Kerk  Organ in Middelburg.
The company van Leeuwen from Leiderdorp built a completely
new organ in this Johannus Duyschot 1693 case.
The pedal ranks were placed in a louvered space
in the wall beside the organ case.

In Middelburg, the two-aisled Nieuwe Kerk (16th C.), the parish church, and the aisleless Koorkerk (early 14th C.), the abbey church (beautiful reticulated vaulting), were originally joined.

Since the parish church had no choir of its own, the west end of the monks' church, known as the middle choir, was used as the choir for the lay congregation. Over this is the tower known as Lange Jan ("Long John").

In this church is the double tomb of the brothers Jan and Cornelis Evertsen, two admirals killed in the English war of 1666, and memorial tablets for Count William of Holland (d. 1256), king of Germany, and his brother Floris (d. 1258). The magnificent marble tomb was the last great work of Rombout Verhulst (1680-82).

After their restoration in the 1950's, both (adjoining) churches were provided with ancient, historical organ cases by the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

1481 Peter Gerritsz-organ case in the Koorkerk in Middelburg.
The organ case in the Koorkerk came from St. Nicolaaskerk in Utrecht.

The oldest organ of the Netherlands (built in 1481) will be returned to its original place: the Nikolai Church in Utrecht. Also, the organ should be restored  so that its music can be heard again. The organ is no longer in use since 1885 and parts are stored in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The organ case is since 1952 in the Koorkerk in Middelburg.

The foundation Peter Gerritz Organ, named after the builder of the organ of more than 530 years ago, has taken the initiative to reunite the organ and its pipes and move it back to the location where it was  built: the Nicolai Church in Utrecht, NL.

Peter Gerritsz built the organ in 1479 and then was repaired several times as in 1574 by Cornelis Gerritsz. According to experts, the organ is unique for its age and the fact that virtually all original materials are still existing. According to Fons Asselbergs of the Peter Gerritsz foundation the organ is  "a testimony, not only of the Dutch organ building, but also of the history of Dutch organ music”.
In 1885 the organ was  moved to Amsterdam and was stored in the attic of the Rijksmuseum. In 1952 the organ case was transferred (on loan) to the  Koorkerk in Middelburg.

The foundation is now  working to return the Peter Gerritsz Organ to Utrecht and is looking for the necessary finances. The project has received the support of the National Cultural Heritage Ministry. The Utrecht municipality and province are also supporting the restoration plans.

 Read more about  further developments here

The (1693) organ case in the Nieuwe Kerk
(was originally built for the Old Lutheran Church in Amsterdam)


The organ case of the organ in the Nieuwe Kerk comes from the Old Lutheran Church in Amsterdam.
In 1693 John Duytschot built a new organ for this church, whose case was designed by the carpenter Jan Albertsz Schut. The first organ built in 1658 by the builder Jan Norel from Kalkar is first placed on the balcony opposite the pulpit. Johannus Duyschot gets the assignment in 1690 to increase the instrument. He moved it and creates an entirely new instrument.

The new instrument now hangs above the pulpit  of the Old Lutheran Church in Amsterdam and reaches to the roof. This instrument consists of 2 manuals and pedal with shutters that have been painted by the German painter Philip Tideman.

In 1886, the Duyschot organ is replaced due to defects to the wind system and the then prevailing desire for an instrument with a more orchestral sound. The Old Lutheran Church in Amsterdam obtains  a quote, among others, from the organ maker Cavaille Coll. The contract for this organ, however, is awarded to the builder J.Frederik Witte (firma J. Bätz en Co.). He builds an instrument with three manuals and pedal.
In 1954 the Lutheran Church at the Spui in Amsterdam donated the empty 1693 Duyschot organ case to the Reformed Church in Middelburg. The old 1693 case of the organ of Duyschot can now be admired in the Nieuwe Kerk in Middelburg.

The company van Leeuwen from Leiderdorp built a completely new organ in this Johannus Duyschot  1693 case. The pedal ranks were placed in a louvered space in the wall beside the organ case.

During 1996 renovation and refurbishment of the New Church the organ case was restored. In the workshop of Joop van Litsenburg in Amsterdam the organ shutters were restored to their original luster by a thorough restoration.

Between January and September 2004 the Flentrop Orgelbouw company from Zaandam under advice of Prof.dr. Albert Clement, led a major overhaul of the instrument.The organ was cleaned, the bellows of the Rugpositief are restored and the operation of the shutters. Also, the windchests received normal sliders, rather than the former VEKA-sliders. The points of tightening of the valves were moved and re-tuned. The disposition remained unchanged, but mixtures were moved up and the reeds were revoiced and adjusted, the intonation of the other labials were only checked. The Trumpet 4' of the bovenwerk was changed to a Schalmey 4' and the Ruispijp IV to VI. The re-opening of the instrument took place on August 28, 2004.

In 2005 the organ was completed by a total tuning. The Van Leeuwen organ in the old Duyschot case now has a beautiful sound!

Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721
Performed by Dingeman Wolfert
on the organ of the Nieuwe Kerk at Middelburg

Preludium en Fuga in C, BWV 545 
Performed by Dingeman Wolfert
on the organ of the Nieuwe Kerk at Middelburg

Preludium en Fuga in G, BWV 541 
Performed by Dingeman Wolfert
on the organ of the Nieuwe Kerk at Middelburg

Dorische Toccata BWV 538 
Performed by Dingeman Wolfert
on the organ of the Nieuwe Kerk at Middelburg

Ciacona in D, Pachelbel 
Performed by Dingeman Wolfert
on the organ of the Nieuwe Kerk at Middelburg

van Leeuwen organ in Johannus Duyschot  1693 case.   
Hoofdwerk (manual 2):

Quintadeen 16' -

Prestant 8' -
Roerfluit 8' -
Octaaf 4' -
Nachthoorn 4' -
Spitsquint 2⅔' -
Octaaf 2' -
Mixtuur 2' 5-8 sterk -
Cymbel ⅔' 3 sterk -
Trompet 16' -
Trompet 8' -
Klaroen 4'.

Rugwerk (manual 1):

Holpijp 8' -
Quintadeen 8' -
Prestant 4' -
Speelfluit 4' -
Octaaf 2' -
Gemshoorn 2' -
Quint 1⅓' -
Sesquialter 2⅔' 1-3 sterk, vanaf gis -
Scherp 1' 3-6 sterk -
Dulciaan 8' -

Bovenwerk (manual 3):

Baarpijp 8' -
Spitsgamba 8' -
Fluit 4' -
Roerquint 2⅔' -
Vlakfluit 2' -
Sifflet 1' -
Tertscymbel ½' 3 sterk -
Trompet 8' -
Vox humana 8' -
Schalmei 4' -


Prestant 16' -
Octaaf 8' -
Octaaf 4' -
Ruispijp 5⅓' 4-6 sterk -
Bazuin 16' -
Trompet 8' -
Cornet 4' -
Zink 2'.

Rugwerk aan Pedaal -
Hoofdwerk aan Pedaal -
Bovenwerk aan Pedaal -
Rugwerk aan Hoofdwerk -
Bovenwerk aan Hoofdwerk.

Mechanische sleepladen.
Manuaalomvang: C-g3.
Pedaalomvang: C-f1.
Winddruk: 75 mm. WK.

1746 Hildebrandt organ, Naumburg St.Wenzel

1746 Hildebrandt organ, Naumburg St.Wenzel

The history of the instrument

There is no doubt that the Hildebrandt Organ in St. Wenzel belongs to the most significant creations of late baroque organ building. It exceeds all Silbermann organs not only in number of stops but also in variety. The specification shows conservative elements with deep roots in German baroque organ building and also aspects matching the new sound sensibilities which developed in the 18 th century, with French characteristics in the background. Thus this unique work has come into being from the universality of Bach`s spirit, from the cosmic multiplicity of his work, and likewise it unifies traditional achievements and foreshadows future developments in a brilliant synthesis.

Ulrich Dähnert (author of "The organ builder and instrument maker Zacharias Hildebrandt" and "The organs of Gottfried Silbermann in Central Germany")

BWV 548 Bach's Prelude in E minor from Prelude and 'wedge' fugue. Registration included newly reconstructed pedal Posaunenbass 32 with it's violone like qualities
John Scott Whiteley at the organ

History of the Hildebrandt organ in Naumburg

On the 27th of August 1743, the Naumburg City Council entered into a contract with Zacharias Hildebrandt of Leipzig for the building of the new organ of 52 stops in the existing case of the organ by Zacharias Thayssner (built 1696 -1705). Previously a report from J. S. Bach about the organ had been obtained which was "most kindly found acceptable". Thus we can surely assume that Bach had an influential role in the drawing up of the specification, and that this instrument corresponded to his idea of a fine large organ. On the 27th of September 1746 J. S. Bach and Gottfried Silbermann examined the finished organ and certified that Hildebrandt's work was good. In 1748 Joh. Chr Altnikol, Bach's son-in-law, became organist of the Hildebrandt organ.

J.S.Bach - Ricercare a 6 für Orgel Bearbeitung für "Organo con Pedale" von J.F.Agricola, Bachs Schüler. Gerhard Weinberger an der Orgel in St.Wenzel, Naumburg

In 1834 some small changes to the specification in the taste of that time were made by Friedrich Beyer, a local organ builder. In 1864 Friedrich Ladegast of Weissenfels overhauled the organ and also changed the specification. In 1917 Oskar Ladegast removed the windchests of the Oberwerk and replaced these with cone-chests. In 1932/33 the organ was extensively rebuilt by the Walcker firm (Ludwigsburg). The mechanical action remaining until then was removed and replaced by electropneumatic action, and an electrical console installed on the first gallery. The specification was nominally restored to that of 1746 following the advice of Christhard Mahrenholz.


organ used: Zacharias Hildebrandt Organ, St. Wenzel Naumberg, 1743-46

Johann Sebastian Bach - (1685-1750)Piece d'Orgue in G, BWV 572 - 8'31"
performed by: Gerhard Weinberger **note: the video picture is not the organ used for the music

In 1964, the Eule firm of Bautzen made the sound closer to that of the Hildebrandt original. In 1992 an international symposium took place on the past, present and future of the Hildebrandt organ. The unanimous vote for uncompromising restoration of the organ opened the way to restoration and reconstruction work from 1993 to 2000, again carried out by Hermann-Eule-Organbuilding of Bautzen. The work included: key action, stop mechanism, winding, pipe work, pitch, tuning, case, structural framework, carving, and colouring. Brunhilde Engelhardt says:
"My favorite organ I have ever played was the Wenzel in Naumburg in East Germany. This organ was built by Zacharias Hildebrandt, and actually Bach and the organ builder Gottfried Silbermann (who built many famous organs in Saxony) examined it together in September 1746 and gave their final approval to this instrument. What an unforgettable experience to play this instrument and to know that its colors of sound are as close as it gets to Johann Sebastian Bach's ideas himself!" The 1746 Hildebrandt Organ in St. Wenzel’s Church in Naumburg, Germany; is arguably the best extant example of a “true Bach organ.”

SBach ; Sonata VI (BWV 530) 1st Movement
Organist ; John Scott Whiteley

St. Wenzel's Church Naumburg Germany
Organ by Zacharias Hidlebrandt (1743-46)
Restored by Evle Orgelbau in 2000
This organ was appraised & played by J S Bach  (1746)

Sonata VI (BWV 530) 2nd Movement Lente 
Organist John Scott Whiteley

J S BACH : Sonata VI (3rd Mvt) Allegro ~ 
John Scott Whiteley

Fantasia BWV 572 
Gerhard Weinberger 
1746 Hildebrandt organ, Naumburg St.Wenzel


Rückpositiv (l)

Principal 8`
Viol di Gambe 8`
Prestanta 4`
Quintadehn 8`
Rohr-Floete 8`
Vagara 4`
Rohr-Floete 4`
Nassat 3`
Octava 2`
Rausch-Pfeife 2  ranks
Mixtur 5  ranks
Fagott 16`

Oberwerk (lll)

Bordun 16`
Principal 8`
Hohl-Floete 8`
Princ.und.mar. 8`
Praestanta 4`
Gemshorn 4`
Quinta 3`
Octava 2`
Wald-Floete 2`
Tertia 1  3/5`
Quinta 1  1/2`
Sif-Floete 1`
Scharff 5  ranks
Vox humana 8`

Hauptwerk (ll)

Principal 16`

Quintadehn 16`
Octava 8`
Spitz-Floete 8`
Praestanta 4`
Cornet 4  ranks
Gedakt 8`
Spitz-Floete 4`
Sesquialter 2  ranks
Octava 2`
Quinta 3`
Weit-Pfeife 2`
Mixtur 8  ranks
Bombart 16`
Trompete 8`


Front pedal chests

Principal 16`
Octaven Bass 8`
Violon Bass 8`
Octaven Bass 4`
Octava 2`
Mixtur Bass 7  ranks
Trompet. Bass 8`
Clarin Bass 4`

Rear pedal chest

Posaune 16`
Posaune 32`
Violon Bass 16`
Subbass 16`


Coupler OW - HW
Coupler RP - HW
Pedal coupler HW - P
Tremulant HW + RP
Schwebung OW
(Tremulant doux)
Sperrventil HW
Sperrventil OW

Pitch a`= 464 Hz/15°C
Temperament Neidhardt l (1724)
Wind-pressures Man. 74 mm
Ped. 78 mm
Compass C,D-c```

Praeludium and Fuga in A BWV 536: Johann Sebastian Bach: (1685-1750)  

performed by: Gerhard Weinberger 
on the Zacharias Hildebrandt Organ, Naumburg St. Wenzel, built 1743-46.

a work for organ by J S Bach. Composed in 1708, the whole work has a rather quaint, quieter sound and quite unlike his consuming larger, more volcanic works.

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