A Magnificent Multi-Media Production! Five CDs; a lavish book rich with color photos and text in English, Dutch, and German; and a fine DVD with English and German subtitles!

The Netherlands city of Groningen and the surrounding Ommeland are home to a treasured collection of organs, many dating from the 1500’s to 1800. In this spectacular multi-media presentation, the restored organ of Groningen’s MartiniKerk provides the lens for viewing and the starting point for touring the area organs. Several interviews with Cor Edskes, at 85 a robust and fascinating historian of the organs of northern Europe and consultant to the Dutch government and many distinguished builders, gives the background of these treasures. In five CDs, Sietze de Vries plays on each of the organs visited, providing stoplists and detailed registrations at each venue. Full color photos embellish the large format, 108-page book enclosed in the slipcase of this valuable set.

DVD Film: Martinikerk Rondeau Features Cor Edskes, Bernhardt Edskes, Jürgen Ahrend, Jan Jongpier, Reint Wobbes, Wim van Beek, and Sitze de Vries in a series of interviews and films of the organs as heard on CD I: The Organ of Martinikerk, GroningenJ. S. BACH:Fantasia in G, BWV 572; Nun komm der Heiden Heiland in three settings: BWV 659, BWV 660, BWV 661; Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C, BWV 564; Partita on Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig, BWV 768de VRIES: Improvised setting of Nun komm der Heiden Heilandde VRIES: Improvisation on Jesus, Meine Zuversicht played by Wim van Beek CD II:The Organs of Krewerd, Zeerijp, Midwolde, Kantens, Noordwolde, and the Pelstergasthuiskerk te Groningen van Soldt MS: Almande de La nonette SCHEIDEMANN: Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott’ CABEZON: Diferencias sobre la gallarda milanesa SWEELINCK: Est-ce Mars TUNDER: Praeludium in g BUXTEHUDE: Ach Gott und Herr, BuxWV 177 WECKMANN: Ach wir armen Sünder de VRIES: Improvisations on Almande de La nonette (Von Gott will ich nicht lassen); Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott; Komt vrienden in het ronden; Psalm 84; Psalm 31; Psalm 100; Psalm 136 CD III: The Organs of Noordbroek, Nieuw-Scheemda, Uithuizen and Appingedam BUXTEHUDE: Praeludium in g, BuxWV 148; Praeludium in C, BuxWV 137 REINCKEN: Fugue in g SCHEIDEMANN: Praeabulum in d; Jesu, wollst uns weisen de VRIES: Improvisations: Psalm 37; Magnificat: Psalm 42 (Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele; Lob Gott getrost mit Singen) CD IV: The Organs of Leens, Zandeweer, Loppersum and Nieuwolda BRUHNS: Praeludium in e J. S. BACH: Wir glauben all’ an einen Gott, BWV 765 SWEELINCK: Psalm 23: Mein hütter undt mein hirtt KREBS: Jesu, meine Freude KELLNER: Was Gott thut das ist wohlgethan Improvisations: Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten; Psalm 23; Psalm 123; Jesu, meine Freude; Was Gott thut das ist wohlgethan CD V: The Organs of Zuidbroek, Huizinge, Farmsum and Middelstum C. P. E. BACH: Allegro assai from Sonata in a, Wq. 70 DUPUIS: Trumpet Voluntary HINE: Flute Piece MENDELSSOHN: Praeludium & Fuge in c, Op. 37, No. 1 SCHUMANN: Canon in A-Flat, Op. 56, No. 4 BRAHMS: Herzlich tut mich verlangen Op. 122, No. 9 de VRIES: Improvisations: Psalm 86; Was Gott thut das ist wohlgethan; Psalm 92; Herzlich tut mich verlangen Book: The Historic Organs of the Province of Groningen 108 well-illustrated pages in Dutch, German and English with many color photos documenting the history of the region, organbuilders the organs and their stoplists.

Boeijenga Music Pubs., Edited by Sietze deVries. IN SLIPCASE: DVD, 108-page hardbound book, five CDs

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