The Cocquiel-manuscript consists of 364 compositions of mainly Abraham van den Kerckhoven (1618-1701). He was a Flemish organist and composer.
The reasons that I record the complete Cocquiel-manuscript:
- Gernot Wurst suggested to record the whole Cocquiel-manuscript on the Anloo sample set.
- Since I love the compositions of Van den Kerckhoven, I found it a nice chance to play all of his compositions. His work is full of innovative ideas & daring harmonies.
This intimate organ can handle this music quite well, although it might not be the obvious choice. Van den Kerckhoven's music was clearly influenced by both Italian, Spanish and French baroque styles. Not exactly the character of this organ with it's Northern-German characteristics. But in return you get many beautiful individual stops. Another benefit & challenge are the dry unforgiving acoustics, in which you can hear literally everything.