Johann Kaspar Kerll (1627-1693), born in Saxony of a Protestant organist, converted to Catholicism and worked for many years in Vienna. The transmission of Kerll’s music is fragmentary — at least 11 operas and many other works are lost. Several motets, masses and keyboard works survive. This recording concerns Kerll’s organ works, nearly all of which show a strong Italian influence. With consummate musicality, Matthias Krampe plays the organ from 1689 in the church of St. Veit am Vogau (Steiermark, Austria), restored in 2002 by Kuhn. Kerll may have played this organ when it was in Mariazell.
Toccata I; Canzona I; Toccata 8; Capriccio sopra il Cucu; Passacaglia; Canzona 4; Toccata 4; Toccata 3; Canzona 3; Toccata 2; Canzona 2; Ricercata; Toccata 5; Canzona 5; Toccata 5; Canzona 5 Toccata 6; Ciaccona; Canzona 6; Toccata 7; Battaglia