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Installed in 1732, this Silbermann organ was removed to storage in the malt loft of the Crostau Castle brewery when the Protestant church in Crostau was torn down in 1868 and replaced with a new building in 1869. Carl Eduard Schubert, who had great admiration for the organ and its builder, carefully re-installed the organ in 1870. Since that time, the Crostau organ has had amazingly few and very sympathetically executed changes. Having passed more than 275 years intact it remains as the easternmost example of Gottfried Silbermann’s surviving organs and a lens into the genius of its builder.
Martin Schmeding has selected works of composers contemporary with, often acquainted with, the organbuilder Gottfried Silbermann in addition to later works which suit this organ beautifully. Schmeding, student of many of Europe’s outstanding teachers and winner of multiple competitions, is now professor of organ at the University of Music in Freiburg.
KUHNAU: Biblical Sonata 4 in c
J. S. BACH: Fantasie & Fugue in d after BWV1001/BWV 539
HOMILIUS: Choral Prelude on Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten
WALTHER: Concerto in b after Vivaldi
KREBS: Trio in c
RINCK: Flute Concerto in F
MENDELSSOHN: Sonata in B Op. 65, No. 4
MERKEL: Introduction & Passacaglia in b from Sonata 8, Op. 178
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