An “exemplary instrument” was the Dreymann organ built in 1837 in the St. Ignaz Church in the centre of Mainz. This was written by someone who should know: Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck, composer, organ virtuoso, author of an organ school and expert in the service of the Grand Duke of Hesse-Darmstadt, who commissioned the construction of the instrument. Unfortunately, the organ did not survive the centuries and wars unscathed; minor repairs were made again and again, but it was not until 2015 to 2019 that it was restored from the ground up. This inspired organ professor Gerhard Gnann from Mainz to embark on a project close to his heart: students are bringing the old sound back to life; he himself is also involved, of course. The chosen works were naturally obvious: they are all by the aforementioned Rinck, who, by the way, was born in the same year as Beethoven and is thus also a 250th anniversary of this year. His works at the transition from the late classical to the romantic period bring out the fine nuances of the organ’s timbres to best advantage.

Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck (1770-1846)
CD 1
Orgel-Concert c-Moll / Organ Concerto in C minor
1. Maestoso 6:57
2. Adagio cantabile 3:47
3. Finale
Gerhard Gnann
5:44
4. Adagio D-Dur / D major op. 57, No. 10
Bernhard Herzog
1:28
5. Choral und Variationen über / Chorale and variations on „Nun danket alle Gott“ op. 127
Niklas Jahn
10:16
6. Postludium D-Dur / D major (Allegro non troppo) op. 48, No. 5
Sven Hanagarth
2:16
7. Adagio a-Moll / A minor op. 57, No. 7
Bernhard Herzog
2:00
8. Postludium C-Dur / C major (Allegro moderato) op. 48, No. 3
Carolin Kaiser
2:32
9. Adagio E-Dur / E major op. 57, No. 8
Bernhard Herzog
1:59
10. Postludium in e-Moll / E minor (Con moto) op. 48, No. 10
Anna Ziert
3:07
11. Adagio A-Dur / A major op. 57, No. 11
Bernhard Herzog
2:22
12. Postludium F-Dur / F major (Moderato) op. 48, No. 6
David Emmanuel Franke
4:02
13. Adagio C-Dur / C major op. 57, No. 5
Sven Hanagarth
1:38
14. Fantasie und Fuge Es-Dur / Fantasia and fugue in E flat major (WoO)
Bernhard Herzog
6:47
15. Fuga (Moderato)
Bernhard Herzog
3:43
Total time CD 1: 58:43
CD 2
Orgel-Concert F-Dur / Organ Concerto in F major
1. Allegro moderato 8:39
2. Adagio cantabile 5:36
3. Rondo
Stephan Rahn
9:53
4. Choral und Variationen über / Chorale and variations on Jesu meine Freude op. 127
Carolin Kaiser
9:12
5. Postludium G-Dur aus / G major from op. 55
Anna Ziert
2:04
6. Adagio e-Moll / E minor op. 57, No. 4
Bernhard Herzog
2:03
7. Postludium A-Dur / A major (Con moto) op. 48, No. 11
David Emmanuel Franke
3:08
8. Adagio G-Dur / G major op. 57, No. 2
Sven Hanagarth
2:18
9. Neun Variationen und Finale / Nine variations and finale op. 90
(Fuge in einer Bearbeitung von / Fugue arranged by Hans-Jürgen Kaiser)
Niklas Jahn
12:38
Total time CD 2: 55:34
Total time CD 1 + CD 2: 1:54:17
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