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50 Years Recording

Johan Brouwer

50 Years Recording

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Format: CD
Label: Aliud
UPC: 8717775551812
Catnr: ACDOE 1402
Release date: 08 September 2023
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Label
Aliud
UPC
8717775551812
Catalogue number
ACDOE 1402
Release date
08 September 2023
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About the album

The present double CD is a selection from fifty years of recording. They are recordings of his work as an organist, harpsichordist, conductor and orchestra leader. This CD is released on the occasion of his eightieth birthday

This year it is exactly half a century ago that I made my first solo recording for Dutch radio. This year I am also celebrating my eightieth birthday – a nice number. For this double CD I have made a selection from the many recordings and live registrations of the past fifty years.

The double CD opens with my first solo recording, made in Midwolda. I played there on the Hinsz organ, which had just been restored by Flentrop Orgelbouw. It was icecold in the church and my hands had to be warmed with an electric heater.

In 1983 I made a new recording for Dutch radio, now in Appingedam on the restored Hinsz organ there. Unfortunately, a subse-quent recording made in Krewerd has been lost. For Dutch radio I went on to make a series called ‘Groningen organists play the organs in the province of Groningen’. Also, I organised a series of harpsichord concerts in the Lutheran Church in Groningen, where I was able to invite all Dutch harpsi-chordists of repute. Performers in this series included Gustav Leonhardt, Bob van As-peren, Menno van Delft and Glen Wilson. Furthermore, I organised chamber music concerts in the Pepergasthuis in Groningen, then the series ‘Bach in Bunders’ and the series ‘Early Music in the Lutheran Church’. Sadly, no recordings of these concerts are available.

In 1995 I recorded my first solo CD as a harpsichordist, playing on my four Rubio harpsichords. The special feature of this recording is that the instruments were still in their original state as delivered by Rubio. Later three of the four instruments were renovated by Cornelis Bom, after many de-velopments had taken place in the produc-tion of wires. The result of this can be heard on the second CD. The Ruckers has special significance for me, because I quilled and voiced it myself under the supervision of David Rubio. It is still in its original state.
Die vorliegende Doppel-CD ist eine Auswahl von Aufnahmen aus fünfzig Jahren. Es handelt sich um Einspielungen seiner Arbeit als Organist, Cembalist, Dirigent und Orchesterleiter. Diese CD erscheint anlässlich seines achtzigsten Geburtstags

In diesem Jahr ist es genau ein halbes Jahrhundert her, dass ich meine erste Soloaufnahme für den niederländischen Rundfunk gemacht habe. In diesem Jahr feiere ich auch meinen achtzigsten Geburtstag - eine schöne Zahl. Für diese Doppel-CD habe ich eine Auswahl aus den vielen Aufnahmen und Live-Registrierungen der letzten fünfzig Jahre getroffen.
Die Doppel-CD beginnt mit meiner ersten Soloaufnahme, die ich in Midwolda gemacht habe. Ich spielte dort auf der Hinsz-Orgel, die gerade von Flentrop Orgelbouw restauriert worden war. Es war eiskalt in der Kirche, und ich musste meine Hände mit einem elektrischen Heizgerät wärmen.

1983 machte ich eine neue Aufnahme für den niederländischen Rundfunk, jetzt in Appingedam auf der dortigen restaurierten Hinsz-Orgel. Leider ist eine spätere Aufnahme in Krewerd verloren gegangen. Für den niederländischen Rundfunk habe ich eine Serie mit dem Titel "Groninger Organisten spielen die Orgeln in der Provinz Groningen" gemacht. Außerdem organisierte ich eine Reihe von Cembalokonzerten in der evangelischen Kirche in Groningen, zu denen ich alle namhaften niederländischen Cembalisten einladen konnte. In dieser Reihe traten unter anderem Gustav Leonhardt, Bob van As-peren, Menno van Delft und Glen Wilson auf. Außerdem organisierte ich Kammermusikkonzerte im Pepergasthuis in Groningen, dann die Reihe 'Bach in Bunders' und die Reihe 'Alte Musik in der lutherischen Kirche'. Leider gibt es von diesen Konzerten keine Aufnahmen.

1995 nahm ich meine erste Solo-CD als Cembalist auf, wobei ich auf meinen vier Rubio-Cembali spielte. Das Besondere an dieser Aufnahme ist, dass sich die Instrumente noch im Originalzustand befanden, wie sie von Rubio geliefert wurden. Später wurden drei der vier Instrumente von Cornelis Bom renoviert, nachdem bei der Herstellung von Drähten viele Entwicklungen stattgefunden hatten. Das Ergebnis dieser Arbeiten ist auf der zweiten CD zu hören. Das Ruckers hat für mich eine besondere Bedeutung, weil ich es unter der Aufsicht von David Rubio selbst mit Federn versehen und intoniert habe. Es befindet sich noch im Originalzustand.

Artist(s)

Johan Brouwer

Johan Brouwer (1943) studied organ at the Groningen conservatory under Wim van Beek, then harpsichord at the Amsterdam conservatory under Jaap Spigt. After his soloist exam he continued his studies under Gustav Leonhardt. Johan Brouwer followed master classes under Jos van Immerseel, Ton Koopman and Renée Saorgin. Besides performing many concerts in the Nether-lands, Johan has played in almost all West European countries. He was attached to the Winschoten Chamber Choir as a conductor and to the Baroque Orchestra Collegium Musicum Groningen as a harpsichordist and founder. With both ensembles he gave many concerts and made many recordings at home and abroad. For the Aliud label Johan Brouwer has recorded various CDs, often using his collection of harpsichords built by...
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Johan Brouwer (1943) studied organ at the Groningen conservatory under Wim van Beek, then harpsichord at the Amsterdam conservatory under Jaap Spigt. After his soloist exam he continued his studies under Gustav Leonhardt. Johan Brouwer followed master classes under Jos van Immerseel, Ton Koopman and Renée Saorgin. Besides performing many concerts in the Nether-lands, Johan has played in almost all West European countries. He was attached to the Winschoten Chamber Choir as a conductor and to the Baroque Orchestra Collegium Musicum Groningen as a harpsichordist and founder. With both ensembles he gave many concerts and made many recordings at home and abroad. For the Aliud label Johan Brouwer has recorded various CDs, often using his collection of harpsichords built by the renowned David Rubio.

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Composer(s)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose actual name is Joannes Chrysotomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a composer, pianist, violinist and conductor from the classical period, born in Salzburg. Mozart was a child prodigy. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. Along with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, Mozart is considered to be one of the most influential composers of all of music's history. Within the classical tradition, he was able to develop new musical concepts which left an everlasting impression on all the composers that came after him. Together with Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven he is part of the First Viennese School.  At 17, Mozart was engaged as...
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose actual name is Joannes Chrysotomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart, was a composer, pianist, violinist and conductor from the classical period, born in Salzburg. Mozart was a child prodigy. Already competent on keyboard and violin, he composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. Along with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven, Mozart is considered to be one of the most influential composers of all of music's history. Within the classical tradition, he was able to develop new musical concepts which left an everlasting impression on all the composers that came after him. Together with Joseph Haydn and Ludwig van Beethoven he is part of the First Viennese School. At 17, Mozart was engaged as a musician at the Salzburg court, but grew restless and traveled in search of a better position. From 1763 he traveled with his family through all of Europe for three years and from 1769 he traveled to Italy and France with his father Leopold after which he took residence in Paris. On July 3rd, 1778, his mother passed away and after a short stay in Munich with the Weber family, his father urged him to return to Salzburg, where he was once again hired by the Bishop. While visiting Vienna in 1781, he was dismissed from his Salzburg position. He chose to stay in the capital, where he achieved fame but little financial security. During his final years in Vienna, he composed many of his best-known symphonies, concertos, and operas, and portions of the Requiem, which was largely unfinished at the time of his death.


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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.  Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.  
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Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.

Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.


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Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognised as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He composed many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons. Many of his compositions were written for the female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children where Vivaldi (who had been ordained as a Catholic priest) was employed from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740. Vivaldi also had some...
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Antonio Lucio Vivaldi was an Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher and cleric. Born in Venice, he is recognised as one of the greatest Baroque composers, and his influence during his lifetime was widespread across Europe. He composed many instrumental concertos, for the violin and a variety of other instruments, as well as sacred choral works and more than forty operas. His best-known work is a series of violin concertos known as The Four Seasons.
Many of his compositions were written for the female music ensemble of the Ospedale della Pietà, a home for abandoned children where Vivaldi (who had been ordained as a Catholic priest) was employed from 1703 to 1715 and from 1723 to 1740. Vivaldi also had some success with expensive stagings of his operas in Venice, Mantua and Vienna. After meeting the Emperor Charles VI, Vivaldi moved to Vienna, hoping for preferment. However, the Emperor died soon after Vivaldi's arrival, and Vivaldi himself died less than a year later in poverty.

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William Byrd

William Byrd was an English composer. He was one of the greatest composers of his generation. Hiis name is sometimes spelled as Bird, Byrde, or Byred. The exact dates of his birth and death are not known, and even his place of birth (Lincoln) is merely guesswork, based on the fact that several families named Byrd lived in Lincolnshire during the 17th century.  As a child, Byrd received music lessons from the renowned Thomas Tallis in the Chapel Royal in London. Byrd is part of the so-called virginalists. In 1563, he was appointed as organist of the cathedral in Lincoln, even though he must have only been around 20 years old and in 1572 he was appointed as organist of Chapel Royal...
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William Byrd was an English composer. He was one of the greatest composers of his generation. Hiis name is sometimes spelled as Bird, Byrde, or Byred. The exact dates of his birth and death are not known, and even his place of birth (Lincoln) is merely guesswork, based on the fact that several families named Byrd lived in Lincolnshire during the 17th century. As a child, Byrd received music lessons from the renowned Thomas Tallis in the Chapel Royal in London. Byrd is part of the so-called virginalists. In 1563, he was appointed as organist of the cathedral in Lincoln, even though he must have only been around 20 years old and in 1572 he was appointed as organist of Chapel Royal together with Tallis. In 1575, again with Tallis, he received the rights to publish and sell his music by Queen Elizabeth I. In honour of the Queen, the two composers dedicated their Cantiones Sacrae in the same year.
On multiple occasions, Byrd was prosecuted in court. As a catholic, he was repeatedly prosecuted for the rejection of Anglicanism. Nonetheless, he remained in favour of the Queen, probably because he composed music for both religious branches. Moreover, he wrote both secular and sacred music, and both vocal and instrumental pieces.


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Claudio Monteverdi

Claudio Monteverdi was an Italian composer and conductor, whose work marked the transition from the Renaissance to the Baroque. Moreover, he composed the earliest operas that are still regularly performed today. Monteverdi worked as maestro di capella at the court of the duke of Mantua and at the San Marco in Venice. He was a famous musician during his lifetime, but his compositions also provoked opposition. The conservative theorist Giovanni Maria Artusi criticized the technical flaws in some of Monteverdis madrigals. The composer defended himself by making a distinction between two styles of composition, the prima prattica, in which the harmony is dominant, and the seconda prattica , in which the music is subordinate to the text. Monteverdi championed the seconda prattica, and eventually broke with traditional...
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Claudio Monteverdi was an Italian composer and conductor, whose work marked the transition from the Renaissance to the Baroque. Moreover, he composed the earliest operas that are still regularly performed today.
Monteverdi worked as maestro di capella at the court of the duke of Mantua and at the San Marco in Venice. He was a famous musician during his lifetime, but his compositions also provoked opposition. The conservative theorist Giovanni Maria Artusi criticized the technical flaws in some of Monteverdis madrigals. The composer defended himself by making a distinction between two styles of composition, the prima prattica, in which the harmony is dominant, and the seconda prattica , in which the music is subordinate to the text. Monteverdi championed the seconda prattica, and eventually broke with traditional Renaissance polyphony and began to employ the basso continuo and recitative to do better justice to the text.
Monteverdi wrote amongst others eight books of madrigals, two collections of liturgical music and various operas. The opera L'incoronazione di Poppea is considered a culminating point of Monteverdi's work. It contains tragic, romantic, and comic scenes and warmer melodies than previously heard.

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Dietrich Buxtehude

Among the general public, Dieterich Buxtehude is mostly known due to the admiration Johann Sebastian Bach had for his organ and composing skills, for which Bach traveled to the North German city of Lübeck to stay with him for four months, no less. This says quite something about the quality of Buxtehude's performance, but even more so about the influence it had on Bach and all composers after him. Yet, nowadays Buxtehude's music does not need Bach to survive, as a matter of fact it is extraordinarily beautiful just by itself! Buxtehude was originally Danish, but he spent most of him life in Lübeck. His so-called 'Abendmusik', which was a series of evening concerts outside of the liturgy, grew famous. In the works...
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Among the general public, Dieterich Buxtehude is mostly known due to the admiration Johann Sebastian Bach had for his organ and composing skills, for which Bach traveled to the North German city of Lübeck to stay with him for four months, no less. This says quite something about the quality of Buxtehude's performance, but even more so about the influence it had on Bach and all composers after him. Yet, nowadays Buxtehude's music does not need Bach to survive, as a matter of fact it is extraordinarily beautiful just by itself! Buxtehude was originally Danish, but he spent most of him life in Lübeck. His so-called 'Abendmusik', which was a series of evening concerts outside of the liturgy, grew famous. In the works he wrote for these occasions, his enormous fantasy and creative freedom truly shows. As an organ player, Buxtehude was widely famous. If you would listen to his Organ Preludes, you would quickly know why. Buxtehude manages to combine an unprecedented virtuosity with a large variety of styles and techniques. No wonder Bach traveled all that way to see him!
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Disc #1
01.
Preludium b-moll BWV 544
06:08
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Johan Brouwer
02.
Messe des Morts
06:14
(Jean Gilles) Johan Brouwer
03.
Danket dem Hernn (BuxWV 181)
03:31
(Dietrich Buxtehude) Johan Brouwer
04.
Praeludium in g
03:19
(Franz Tunder ) Johan Brouwer
05.
Pavane
04:55
(William Byrd ) Johan Brouwer
06.
Gagliarde
01:58
(William Byrd ) Johan Brouwer
07.
Hohe Messe
04:10
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Johan Brouwer
08.
Chromatische Fantasie in d-Moll
05:15
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Johan Brouwer
09.
Quia respexit humilitatem, Soprano
02:26
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Johan Brouwer
10.
Omnes generationes, Coro
01:23
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Johan Brouwer
11.
Dominae Deus, Soprano
03:43
(Antonio Vivaldi ) Johan Brouwer
12.
Tombeau de Mr. Blancrocher - fait a Paris sur la mort de Mr. Blancrocher, lequel se joue fort lentement.
05:11
(Johann Jakob Froberger ) Johan Brouwer
13.
Suite F Majeur - Prelude
02:33
(Louis Couperin ) Johan Brouwer
14.
Suite F Majeur - Tombeau de Mr. Blancrocher
05:14
(Louis Couperin ) Johan Brouwer
15.
Mattheus Passion, So ist mein Jesus nun Gefangen (Bach)
05:02
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Johan Brouwer
16.
Requiem, Dies Irae
01:55
(Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) Johan Brouwer
17.
Mis A dur Gloria
05:50
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Johan Brouwer

Disc #2
01.
Sonate, Sancta Maria
06:29
(Claudio Monteverdi ) Johan Brouwer
02.
Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig
10:27
(Georg Böhm) Johan Brouwer
03.
Johannes Passion, Ruhet Wohl
07:28
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Johan Brouwer
04.
Triosonate in F BWV 529 - Allegro
05:13
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Johan Brouwer
05.
Fantasia
07:48
(Johann Jakob Frohberger ) Johan Brouwer
06.
Ricercar a tre voci BWV 1079
07:10
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Johan Brouwer
07.
La Superbe ou La Forqueray (fièrement, sans lenteur)
06:02
(Francois Couperin ) Johan Brouwer
08.
Suite 2 de pour le Clavecin in C-moll bwv 813 - Allemande
03:51
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Johan Brouwer
09.
Weihnachts Oratorium Cantate 5 opening chorus
07:25
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Johan Brouwer
10.
Kunst der Fuge bwv 1080 - Contrapunctus IV
07:19
(Johann Sebastian Bach) Johan Brouwer
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