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OHS imports CDs on the excellent Aeolus label which features organs historic and recent, mostly in France and Germany, with wonderful players. Superb sound is recorded with the latest technology by the owner of the label who is both a certified tonmeister and an accomplished organist! Click the headline to see a wide selection of very fine and interesting CDs



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Bo�ly: Grands Offertoires, Fantaisies, Cantiques & Pi�ces LibrespadNEW! Daniel Roth plays the two Cavaill�-Coll organs in Bayeux Cathedral (Grand Orgue 1862, 3-43; Orgue du Choeur 1861, 2-12) Click the headline for titles and to order.
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Samuel Rousseau Organ WorkspadNEW! Samuel Rousseau was the choir director at St-Clotilde in Paris, collaborating with Franck during the latter 15 years of Franck�s tenure as titulaire organist there. Rousseau adopted some characteristics of Franck�s organ composing in his own compositions for organ. Kurt Lueders provides a fine essay on the composer and Esteban Elizondo writes on the firm that built the organ Lueders plays brilliantly, Stoltz Fr�res of Paris. The rare 3-46 Stoltz organ of 1889 is comparable to Cavaill�-Coll. Click the headline for more information, repertoire, and to order.
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Jes�s Guridi, Complete Organ Works, Vol. 1padNEW! Guridi (1886-1961) has great repute as a Basque and Spanish composer of the 20th century. A pupil of Vincent d�Indy and Joseph Jongen, his style can be situated in late romanticism with nationalist traits. His �feeling for the organ� may be characterized by two aspects: that of the religious servant he was and that of an outstanding harmonic craftsman. Esteban Elizondo Iriarte plays the 1889 Stoltz-Fr�res organ in Iglesia San Pedro Ap�stol, Bergara (Basque Country).
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1889 Stoltz Freres Organ Survives in Basque CountrypadNEW! A surprisingly rich and interesting cross section of late-romantic music by Basque composers is played by Esteban Elizondo, a specialist in this rarely heard yet very worthy music at St. Peter�s Church in Bergara in the heart of the Basque country. Preserved there is a 46rank, 3m organ by Stoltz Fr�res of Paris, entirely as originally built, including its original pitch, and, hence, is perhaps the most representative of the extant Stoltz organs. Its tonal integrity, the gentle sound of its overblowing stops, and the outstanding quality of its 12 reed stops make it comparable to Cavaill�-Coll organs in the Basque region. Click on the headline for more information and to order.
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Original Tuning and Temperament">J. S. Bach: Art of Fugue on 1714 Konig Organ in
Original Tuning and Temperament
padThe Art of Fugue is played by Gerd Zacher on the 1714 Balthasar K�nig organ at the former monastery church in Niederehe, Germany. The organ was thoroughly restored in 1998 by the shop of Hubert Fasen. It is the only K�nig organ to be heard with the original tuning and temperament from the era it was built.
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J. C. F. Fischer Organ WorkspadOn the recently restored 1714 Balthasar K�nig organ in Niederehe, Serge Schoonbroodt plays the complete organ works of Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer (1656-1746). J. S. Bach knew Ariadne Musica, composed in 1702, quoting one theme from it in the Well-Tempered Clavier, perhaps in tribute to Fischer�s 20 preludes and fugues composed in 19 of the 24 chromatic keys to demonstrate an equal-beating temperament. Blumen-Strauss (Floral Bouquet) is an anthology of 8 suites of 8 pieces in each that almost certainly were composed for use in church services, as are 5 Ricercars based on well-known hymns. Click the headline for further description and to order.
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Vol. 2, Karg-Elert: Ultimate Organ WorkspadGerman organist Elke V�lker, assisted by violinist Wolfgang Mielke and trumpeter Michael Boese, plays major Karg-Elert works on the 1894 Wilhelm Sauer 4m organ of 100 stops, 114 ranks, with reconstruction and restoration by Chrisian Scheffler in 1996, in St. Peter�s Cathedral, Bremen. Click on the headline for more information and to order.
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Monumental Karg-Elert on 100 Ranks at Bremen CathedralpadUltimate Organ Works of Karg-Elert are wonderfully at home on the 4-manual, 100-stop Wilhelm Sauer organ of 1894 at Bremen Cathedral, restored in 1996. Elke V�lker meets in stride the pyrotechnical demands of Karg-Elert's Chaconne and Fugue Trilogy with Choral, op. 73, and Symphony in f-sharp minor for organ solo, op.143
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Reger Writ LargepadThese major works by Reger are appropriate for the large Seifert organ, first completed in 1907 and last reworked from 1979-1981, in St. Mary�s Basilica, Kevelaer. The instrument now contains 128 speaking stops (not counting borrowing) and about 168 ranks on four manuals and pedal. Stefan Schmidt is Kantor at St. Peter�s Church, D�sseldorf. Click on the headline for more information and to order.
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1912 G. Stahlhuth "International" Organ RestoredpadNaji Hakim plays the Stahlhuth organ at St. Martin Church in Dudelange in Luxembourg, restored in 2002 by Thomas Jann, entirely reversing the �neobaroquefication� that had occurred, badly, in the 1960s. Georg Stahlhuth (1830-1913 was an ideal choice to build the organ of 1912 at Dudelange following Albert Schweitzer�s conceptions adopted in Vienna in 1909 as the International Guidelines for Organbuilding. In splendid acoustics, Hakim�s playing of Liszt, Karg-Elert, Langlais, Franck, and both an improvisation of his own and a composed work, is wonderful, of course, and the organ sounds fabulous. The CD booklet greatly informs us about this organ and its builder, and the exceptional characteristics recaptured in the restoration. Click on the headline for more information and to order.
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Christmas Organ Music of the Bach Family on 4 organs, 171 rankspadOn four organs in the Cathedral at Bremen, Germany, Wolfgang Baumgratz plays Christmas organ music composed over a period of 150 years by members of the Bach family, including several earlier than J. S. Bach as well as 19th-century compositions based on J. S. B.'s works by Karg-Elert, Widor, and W. T. Best. The organs include the huge 1894 Sauer organ of more than 100 ranks in the Bremen Cathedral, a gorgeous 1734 Gottfried Silbermann organ in the West Crypt of the Cathedral, a splendid 3m �Bach organ� in the South Ambulatory of the Cathedral, and a small 2m organ in East Crypt. Click on headline for details and repertoire.
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Chaisemartin Plays BachpadRenowned organist Suzanne Chaisemartin plays Bach on the fine organ at Notre-Dame des Victoires in Paris, including Prelude & Fugue in c, S. 546; Toccata & Fugue in F, S. 540; Trio in c, S. 585, Piece d'Orgue, seven chorales, and a Partita. Click ikon for repertoire
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Hommage � Andr� Fleury, Vol. 2padAndr� Fleury (1903-1995), whose 24 pieces begun in 1930 are recorded here for the first time, studied with Gigout, Dupr�, and Vierne, was assistant organist to Tournemire at Ste. Clotilde in Paris, then titulaire at St. Augustin and professor at the Ecole Normale de Musique. The greatly gifted Fr�d�ric Blanc plays the very interesting 1885 Cavaill�-Coll, enlarged in 1937, at Notre-Dame d�Auteil in Paris. Also included is Blanc's improvised Diptyque en hommage � Andr� Fleury
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Hommage � Andr� Fleury, Vol. 1padThese works receive fine performances by Denis Comtet playing the interesting organ of St-Fran�ois-Xavier in Paris, originally built in 1878. Works: Fantaisie (1968); Triptyque (1931 -- Pr�lude, Andante, Toccata); Carillon sur le Victimae paschali (1945); Deuxi�me Symphonie (1946-7 -- in 4 mvts); In memoriam Jehan Alain (1990)
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Durufl� More Than CompletepadUnpublished Work Included! In this new CD imported by OHS, all of the works listed on the CD above are included as well as the previously unreleased Chant donn� en Hommage � Jean Gallon.
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Langlais SuitespadOn an amazing new 3m organ of 44 stops built in French style by the firm of Karl G�ckel (of M�hlhausen-Rettingheim near Heidelberg in Germany) at the Holy Ghost Church in Mannheim, Pierre Cogan plays all three of the colorful suites for organ composed by Langalis.
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Dom Bedos Organ RestoredpadThe Dom Bedos Organ at Sainte-Croix Abbey in Bordeaux, dating from the mid-1700s, was restored in the mid-1980s after many years of neglect. In a story as complicated as French political history, the organ was moved from its original home at Sainte-Croix after the Revolution and eventually came back home after a tenure at the cathedral in Bordeaux. Francis Chapelet plays French music of the period on the restored organ. Click headline for repertoire
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Michelle Leclerc Plays MozartpadMichelle Leclerc plays Mozart on the historic organ at the Cathedral of St. Etienne in Sens where she is the titular organist. The organ was built between 1722 and 1734 as a 3-32 by Leb� and Mangin, and rebuilt in the spirit of the original as a 4-48 in 1990 by Boisseau & Cattiaux. Click on headline for repertoire.
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Cavaill-Coll, Cathedral of BayeuxCavaill�-Coll, Cathedral of BayeuxpadFran�ois-Henri Houbart plays the fascinating 1862 3m Cavaill�-Coll 3-53 at Bayeux Cathedral, intact as built and including a few parts dating to 1597. Click for repertoire by Bo�ly, Schumann, and Schubert.
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Organ Works of D�odat de S�veracpadThe Organ Works of D�odat de S�verac (1872-1921), almost entirely forgotten, are resurrected here by Michelle Leclerc and played on the 1885 Cavaill�-Coll organ at Notre-Dame d�Auteuil, Paris. Pieces by Chausson, D�Indy, and Mulet � all contemporaries of S�verac � are included. Click headline for works.
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Bach on the 1730 Silbermann, GlauchaupadThomas Berning (born 1966) plays organ works of J. S. Bach at St. George�s Church, Glauchau, where the 1730 Gottfried Silbermann 2-35 organ was restored in 1998 by the Eule firm of Bautzen. Click for repertoire.
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Chaisemartin Plays Dupr at Saint-Sulpice <br>"Rendez-vous  Saint-Sulpice"Chaisemartin Plays Dupr� at Saint-Sulpice
"Rendez-vous � Saint-Sulpice"
padRendez-vous � Saint-Sulpice, a program of music of Marcel Dupr�, is played on the famous organ where he was titular organist. Suzanne Chaisemartin, one of his famous students, plays. Recorded in commemmoration of the 30th anniversary of Dupr�s death in 1971. Click for repertoire.
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Romantic Tour on 95 Ranks of Steinmeyer OrganpadRomantic Organ Tour includes unusal works from many nations and played on the 1949 Steinmeyer/1996 G�ckel organ of 95 ranks on four manuals at the Franciscan church in Pforzheim, Germany. Michael Eckerle, organist at the church, plays up a storm in the grand acoustics. Click for repertoire.
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Willibald Guggenmos Plays a New Eule OrganpadA new 4-72 Eule organ of eclectic design at St. Michael�s Church, Schwabm�chen, is played by virtuoso Willibald Guggenmos. ARCHER: Fanfare MOZART: Adagio in D J. S. BACH: Pi�ce d�Orgue in G (BWV 572) VIERNE: �Romance� from Symphonie IV, Op. 32 BATISTE: Trois Elevations in A, b, and a LUDVIG NIELSEN: Fantasy on the Bells of Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim BRIDGE: Adagio in E TOM�S GARBIZU: Toccata con Diapente
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Johann Mattheson: The Harmonious Language of the FingerspadDie wol klingende Fingersprache is Johann Mattheson�s contribution to keyboard music and theory, consists of 12 fugues interspersed with contrasting pieces. Mattheson was a friend of Handel and a singer of leading roles in Handel�s operas presented in Hamburg. Handel wrote highly of Mattheson's compositional skill. Gerd Zacher plays the restored 1714 K�nig organ at the former monastery church in Niederehe, now playing in its original pitch and temperament.
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Sweelinck: Ballo del GranducapadWorks of Sweelinck are played by Belgian organist Serge Schoonbroodt on the restored renaissance organ at the church of Saint-Jacques in Li�ge. The organ and its splendid case, dating from 1600 and whose builder is unknown, was finally restored in 1998. Click for repertoire.
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Improvisations: Ansgar WallenhorstpadSpectacular Improvisations in the French tradition are masterfully crafted by Ansgar Wallenhorst (b. 1967) who studied improvisation with French masters Olivier Latry and Thierry Escaich. The interesting 38-page booklet contains the themes for improvisation as well as specifications for the four organs which represent 107 years of evolving tonal design.
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Fr�d�ric Blanc � Live Improvisations on Four Great OrganspadFr�d�ric Blanc is especially known as the primary disciple of Marie Madeleine Durufl�-Chervalier and is the custodian of many of the Durufl�s papers, manuscripts, and now lives in their former home. He has won several international improvisation competitions. He is heard here on four organs: Chartres Cathedral, Angoul�me Cath�dral, St-Sernin, Toulouse, and the Bonn (Germany) M�nsterbasilika. Click on the headline for more information on the improvs and the organs.
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Otto Kr�mers Improvises">Gregorian Themes at St-Ouen, Rouen
Otto Kr�mers Improvises
padBack In Print! On the famous Cavaill�-Coll in the vast acoustics at the Abbey of St-Ouen at Rouen, improvisations inspired by Gregorian chant are realized by the acclaimed Otto M. Kr�mers. He improvises a Mass for Pentecost in 12 movements and 14 Antiphones to the Magnificat.
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