The holidays are an opportunity to do all the DIY that we don't have time to do the rest of the year... and also make your fingers suffer.
That's why I didn't upload anything since a long time.I had also to replace my old computer and reinstall all HW installation.... but I was not very happy because, my old computer had a bugg and a lot of unpublished recording were destroyed (last pieces of the Cocquiel MS and the 2 last pieces of Krieger's organwork).
So, I decided to come back with some little pieces played on the free sample (complete demo) of the Bückeburg organ (Sonus Paradisi).
I continue to explore organ works of south Germany and I was curious about Johann Speth works.
Very few is known about him, except he was born not far from Bayreuth and was appointed organist at the Augsburg cathedral in 1692. The organ he played was built in 1577 by Eusebius Ammerbach (single manual with pedal) and enlarged in 1656. (a second manual and an independant pedal were certainly added).
He published in Augsburg in 1693 his only knwon work called "Ars Magna Consoni & Dissoni" consisting in 8 Magnificats suits, 3 arias with variations, and 10 toccatas. Its clearly typical south german music with italian inflences.
I propose you my first approach of the 8 Magnificat settings. I'll upload the 4 others tomorrow.
Each magnificat consists in 7 pieces (Praembulum + 5 verses + Final) used in alternatim with choir. The score has very few indications. I found the score here
I corrected some evident mistakes. My interpretation is not free from some little . mistakes. I decided to give some (or too much) freedom in some pieces about the tempo. As I wrote, it's my first reading of the score.
The Bûckeburg sample (DEMO) is a nice instrument, and free...I thank Jiri Zurek for this gift.
Magnificat 2 5:53
Magnificat 3 10:34
Magnificat 4 : 16:04