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The New Organ at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna

Konstantin Reymaier

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Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565  
1. Toccata
Johann Sebastian Bach; Konstantin Reymaier
2. Fugue
Johann Sebastian Bach; Konstantin Reymaier
Herr, wie du willst, so schick's mit mir, Cantata BWV 73  
1. Herr, wie du willst, so schick's mit mir (Arr. Reymaier for Organ)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Konstantin Reymaier; Konstantin Reymaier
Was willst du dich betrüben, Cantata BWV 107  
1. Was willst du dich betrüben (Arr. Reymaier for Organ)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Johann Heermann; Konstantin Reymaier; Konstantin Reymaier
Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben, BWV 102  
1. Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben (Arr. Reymaier for Organ)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Konstantin Reymaier; Konstantin Reymaier
Sonata for Organ, Op. 28  
I. Allegro maestoso
Sir Edward Elgar; Konstantin Reymaier
II. Allegretto
Sir Edward Elgar; Konstantin Reymaier
III. Andante espressivo
Sir Edward Elgar; Konstantin Reymaier
IV. Presto (comodo)
Sir Edward Elgar; Konstantin Reymaier
3 Compositions for Organ, Op. 108  
1. Sunset
Sigfrid Karg-Elert; Konstantin Reymaier
2. Starlight
Sigfrid Karg-Elert; Konstantin Reymaier
3. Elegiac Poem
Sigfrid Karg-Elert; Konstantin Reymaier
Boléro de concert, Op. 166
Louis Alfred James Lefebure-Wely; Konstantin Reymaier
Main Title (From “Star Wars”)
John Williams; Konstantin Reymaier
Parade of the Ewoks (From “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi”)
John Williams; Konstantin Reymaier
Ben Kenobi's Death and TIE Fighter Attack (From "Star Wars: A New Hope")
John Williams; Konstantin Reymaier
Total Playing Time    1:29:14
For centuries, Vienna’s St Stephan’s Cathedral has cultivated a strong musical tradition and to glance at the list of musicians linked to the cathedral’s history we discover Paul Hofhaimer, Johann Pachelbel, Johann Caspar Kerll, Johann Joseph Fux, Joseph and Michael Haydn, Wolfgang Amadé Mozart and Anton Bruckner, to cite only a few.

Few people had expected that music would again be heard on the west gallery following a fire in 1945 which destroyed the previous instrument. Over the course of several conversations the organ builder Wendelin Eberle, the leading tuner Stephan Niebler and cathedral organist Konstantin Reymaier agreed on a specification of 125 stops, which they presented to a committee which extended beyond the cathedral; members included also Olivier Latry, the titular organist at Notre-Dame, Paris, Thomas Trotter (England) and Mainz Cathedral organist Daniel Beckmann.

The result is an astonishingly powerful and versatile instrument with countless shades of colours that remain transparent and clearly audible. It is all this combined that makes the new organ so special.

The repertoire on this album has been selected to showcase the versatility of the new instrument. Symphonic works are heard alongside Baroque, and impressionist soundscapes of Sigfrid Karg-Elert are heard alongside the lighter Boléro de concert by Lefébure-Wély and arrangements of popular pieces by John Williams.
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