kropf Posted February 20, 2007 Share Posted February 20, 2007 Hello all! The region "Altes Land" - the small area between Hamburg and Stade, on the left side of the Elbe river, containing known instruments mostly made or rebuilt by Schnitger, e. g. Steinkirchen, Borstel, Neuenfelde, Mittelnkirchen a. o. - is preparing an exhibition about its organ culture. During research we found out, that the well-known interest, which was brought to all these instruments between the netherlands and Hamburg/Luebeck for decades, has very early and important roots in the english speaking world, too. Geraint Jones made recordings for HMV here, and beside recordings from nazi Germany's radio in the late 30ies (documented, but not preserved) and the recordings by Walter Kraft and Helmut Walcha, we have these Geraint Jones things from the UK and the recordings of e. g. Edward Power Biggs from th US (btw, the record sleeves presented as partially unknown photographs and views to our instruments here...!). I want to ask our community - and perhaps merely the members of higher age - if there are any "theories" or findings, why english or american organists chose THESE organs for recordings, though they were not the only baroque organs available at that time. Were there specific members of the british troops in North Germany after the war, who had interest in organ culture and asked around where to find interesting instruments in the countryside (as most of the larger inner cities have been destroyed) or anything like this? Perhaps John Pike Mander knows something via his teacher Rudolf von Beckerath...? Any contributions welcome, and please accept my apologies for not checking posts more often than every twelve hours... thanks and greetings from Neuenfelde Karl-Bernhardin Kropf p.s. Updates on the Airbus runway extension case later, certainly after EADS Airbus will finally announce its restructuration plans.... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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