Euwe de Jong & Sybolt de Jong, organists
BACH CANTATAS VOLUME VI
We are proud to announce the release of the sixth volume in the series ‘Bach – cantata movements arranged for organ duet’. This new release features a similar sort of programme to that found on volumes II and III: a chorale concerto, a trio sonata, a set of variations on a chorale melody, arias, dances and to conclude a piece in the ‘Stile Antico’.
In order to do full justice to the arranged repertoire with its rich melodic textures, we have made use of the great historic city organs found in the Netherlands. Following on from Bolsward, Leeuwarden, Kampen, Groningen and a brief diversion to the monumental Vater organ in the village church of Melle (Germany), we have chosen to record the present CD on the baroque organ (1738) built by Christian Müller in the St. Bavokerk in Haarlem.
BACH CANTATAS VOLUME V, Passion, Easter and Whit
The fifth CD in the series of organ duet transcriptions of excerpts from Bach's Cantatas. CD V consists of arrangements of movements from cantatas for Passion, Easter and Whit and is the partner release to CD IV (Christmas).
In order to optimally project the chamber music-like characteristics of the repertoire arranged for this CD (trios, melancholic slow movements, a three movement concerto in 'Brandenburg' style, chorale arrangements etc), we have chosen to record on the monumental baroque organ built by in 1724 by Christian Vater in the St. Petrikirche in Melle (Germany). The relatively small church allows the voice leading to be heard clearly.
Programme- Bach Cantatas V
Excerpts from Bach Cantatas Volume V
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Transcriptions for Organ Duet volume I
Euwe & Sybolt de Jong
Bätz - Witte organ, Oude Kerk, Delft
The brothers Euwe, and Sybolt de Jong, have performed organ duets together since they were students at the Conservatory of Groningen. Now their partnership is increasingly in demand.
The brothers’ extensive repertoire includes organ works for four hands (and feet!) dating from the Renaissance period, right up until the present day. If compared to the extensive repertoire for piano duet, the existing literature for organ duet is, unfortunately, rather limited. Sybolt and Euwe de Jong have taken it upon themselves, therefore, to increase the repertoire in a number of different ways, including:
- commissioning new works by living composers
- arranging movements from cantatas by J.S. Bach for organ duet
- composing new works
- undertaking research in various European libraries in order to source undiscovered organ duet literature.
Boeijenga Music Publications, Veenhuizen, The Netherlands have published a number of new compositions by the de Jong brothers, and arrangements of Bach cantata movements.
In 2006 the first CD was released in a series of recordings dedicated to Sybolt de Jong’s arrangements for organ duet of movements from cantatas by J.S. Bach. This was recorded on the Hinsz organ of the Martinikerk, Bolsward, and has been followed by a second volume, recorded on the Müller organ of the Grote of Jacobijnerkerk, Leeuwarden.
The series will go on to include six CDs featuring a wide range of cantata movements and organs. The project team consists, in fact, of four people; as well as the two organists, there are the recording engineer Jack Westra (Westra Media), and the technical/musical advisor and recording producer Jelle Stellingwerf.
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(and yes, you will get two organists for the price of one!)