Johann Adam Reincken was considered one of the highest authority on the organ at his time, as well as Dieterich Buxtehude (in 1701 a young Johann Sebastian Bach walked the 30 miles from Lunenburg to Hamburg to hear Reincken play the organ).
This release features his complete music for keyboard instruments, which unsurprisingly dominates his total output. It contains Suites, Variations, Toccatas (here played on the harpsichord), two big organ chorale fantasias and a well known G minor fugue.
The tonal range of the pieces has been compared to the original instruments played by Reincken in order to elucidate which instrument (harpsichord or organ) they were composed for. With its wealth of figures and complex harmonies, its stylistic variety and cleverly planned layout, it offers a great compendium of Hamburg’s organ art in the XVII century.
With his earlier recordings for OnClassical, also licensed for Brilliant Classics (Buxtehude, BC94312; Böhm, BC94612), Simone Stella established his reputation as one of the foremost interpreters of Baroque keyboard music, receiving 5 star reviews in the international press.
The recording is made in perfect two-microphone stereo with totally absence of mastering! A top recording that earned 5 “diapason” at the prestigious omonymous magazine.
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Recorded @: Pieve di Sant'Eusebio, Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza,