Felix Woyrsch: Complete Organ Music

The German composer Felix Woyrsch was born in 1860 in Troppau (then the capital of Austrian Silesia and now, as Opava, in the Czech Republic) but became prominent in the musical life of Altona, now part of Hamburg, as organist, choirmaster and teacher; he died there in 1944. Woyrsch’s late-Romantic organ music, with distant roots in Bach’s counterpoint, inhabits a harmonic world somewhere between Brahms and Reger, its dark colours reflecting the upheavals in the times through which he lived.

Ruth Forsbach, organ of the Reformed Church, Ronsdorf

Listen To This Recording:

  1. Festpraeludium über den Choral ‘Nun danket alle Gott’, Op. 43 (1895)
  2. Zehn Choralvorspiele, Op. 59 (1909–18)

  3. No. 1 Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland
  4. No. 2 Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen
  5. No. 3 Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her
  6. No. 4 Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein
  7. No. 5 O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden*
  8. No. 6 O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid
  9. No. 7 Was mein Gott will, das gescheh’ allzeit
  10. No. 8 Valet will ich dir geben (Festpräludium)
  11. No. 9 Nun ruhen alle Wälder (canonisches Trio)
  12. No. 10 Verleih uns Frieden gnädiglich (im Kriegsjahr 1918)
  13. Passacaglia über das ‘Dies irae’, Op. 62 (publ. 1921)

  14. Passacaglia über das ‘Dies irae‘, Op. 62

ALL EXCEPT * FIRST RECORDINGS


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Catalogue No: TOCC0120
EAN/UPC: 5060113441201
Release Date: 03.09.2021
Composer: Felix Woyrsch
Artists: Ruth Forsbach

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