Celestial Christmas 5: Franz Lehrndorfer Plays Seasonal Music On The New Organ In The Dome At Munich Celestial Harmonies continues its tradition of presenting a
special collection of Christmas music in Celestial Christmas 5, a beautiful
and moving collection of seasonal organ music performed by Professor Franz
Lehrndorfer on the new organ in the Dome Frauenkirche at Munich, Germany.
It is, without doubt, one of the largest and most technically sophisticated
organs ever built and is considered a sonic spectacular by those who have
heard it. This awesomely powerful and moving sound is produced by 7,165
pipes ranging in height from two millimeters (less than 1/10 inch), to the
largest, an incredible eighteen meters (approximately sixty feet), making
the organ"s overall size comparable to a six story building. At a cost of
millions of dollars, the organ was built over three years as part of the
first major reconstruction work performed on the Dome since the devastating
bombing of World War II.
This truly historic and innovative digital recording is the first made on
the new organ. Completed over the course of three weeks by lifelong
friends, engineer and producer Ulrich Kraus and Franz Lehrndorfer, it was
recorded at night with the organ"s master builder, Georg Jann, constantly
on hand to provide tuning expertise.
Through his classical variation and compositional techniques, Professor
Franz Lehrndorfer articulates the music of Boehm, Bach, Murschhauser,
Metsch, Gruenberger, Guilmant, and Karg-Elert, as well as his own
compositions. Boehm helped to develop the Choralvorspiel, or Choral
Prelude, and so influenced and taught much to Bach, who superseded the
labors of his predecessors and contemporaries. Two of Bach"s Choral
Preludes, BWV 605 and BWV 608, are included in this outstanding release.