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Recorded on the Organ of the Sé Cathedral, Madeira Anthony Newman, organ
Side 1-22'-56 Minutes
Toccata in F Major, BWV 540-6:53
Chorale-Prelude "Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele," BWV 654-(6:55)
Fugue in G Minor "Little,'' BWV 578-(3:02)
Chorale-Prelude "Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland." BWV 660-(5:54)
Side 2-22:44 Minutes
Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582-(10:33)
Chorale-Prelude "An Wasserflüssen Babylon," BWV 653-(5.-54)
Prelude in G Major, BWV 541-(6:09)
Specifications of the Madeira Sé Cathedral Organ
The main organ of the S6 Cathedral was built circa 1830 by the British organ builder, E. Samuels & Go. It was originally designed as a hymn organ, primarily for church use and when first surveyed in 1979 for use in the Madeira Bach Festival, had been laying dormant for over 40 years. The reconditioning of the existing organ, as well as the modification and additions, was a major undertaking involving organ builders and experts from all over the world. Working under the direction of Maestro Newman, the initial restoration was made in the late winter and spring of 1980 for the first Madeira Bach Festival by the firms of Henderson & Wilson of the United States and Fratelli Ruffatti of Padua, Italy. In the spring of 1981, the final additions were completed by the firm of Stephen Russell, Organ Builders, of Vermont, U.S.A.
The resulting instrument, which retains all of the original organ, has now been developed so that it can play all the grand German Baroque repertoire -and most of the French Baroque.
The unique collaboration between the Regional Government of Madeira, the Madeira Bach Festival Organization and the organ building firms, working under the direction of one of the world's greatest organ virtuosi, has resulted in an instrument which, in the words of Maestro Newman, "is a magnificent blend of French Baroque and North German Builders' art. For an organ of moderate size, it has a grandness of sonority and fullness of tone unparalleled by any other organ in the world of its size.''
Spitz Flute 4
Sub Tierce 3 1/5
Nazard 2 2/3
Tierce 1 3/5
Larigot 1 1/3
Chamades 16, 8, 4
Grand Mixture V-Vll
Terz Scharff IV
Koppel Flute 4
Grand Harmonics 32
Chamades 16, 8, 4
Tremolo-For the whole organ
About the Madeira Bach Festival (Yuval Waldman, Music Director)
The Madeira Bach Festival was conceived as a celebration of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries by the greatest interpreters of the day. The idea of an intense musical experience on one of the world's most beautiful tropical islands, steeped in its own history and culture, was formulated to give performers and audience alike an opportunity to enjoy music-making and music-listening in an atmosphere of conviviality and enjoyment unrivaled in the world.
The major performances take place in the 15th Century Sé Cathedral, built in the great age of King Manuel and the Portuguese explorations. Rarely have musicians of this caliber come together in a setting of such magnificence.
Anthony Newman is one of the leading keyboard artists of the day. Born in Los Angeles, he began piano lessons at the age of five and soon afterward began studying organ. After graduating from high school, he studied in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and Alfred Cortot and then returned to New York for piano studies with Edith Oppens. Mr. Newman received an M.A. in com- position from Harvard, and a Doctorate in Composition from Boston University in 1967. That year also marked his recital debut in Carnegie Hall-a recital which left an outstanding impression of his musical gifts on audiences and critics alike.
Mr. Newman has published several compositions in the chamber and choral categories, as well as much organ music. He has taught organ and theory at the Juilliard School, the University of California at San Diego and the State University of New York at Purchase. Mr. Newman has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.
In addition to performing and composing, Newman has published numerous articles on Baroque music and edited performing editions of organ music by such composers as Bach, Couperin and Liszt. For the past several seasons he has had his own series of Bach concerts in Lincoln Center's Great Performers Series and Mostly Mozart Festival. He has been soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Seiji Ozawa in Boston and at New York's Carnegie Hall. In 1977 and 1978 he was named Harpsichordist of the Year by Contemporary Keyboard Magazine. In addition, in 1981, he was named Classical Keyboardist of the year by the same magazine.
Mr. Newman is now the author of a new book on Baroque performance practice entitled Bach and the Baroque. To date, he has recorded over 30 albums.
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Cover Photo: David C. Levy
This recording was made live on the organ of the S6 Cathedral in Funchal, Madeira. Portugal Date of Recording: May 1981
Engineering: Richard Koziol. Editing: Michael Riesman.
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