"Star Recording!" (Recording of the Month!)
The Organ magazine:
"The North German Organ at Örgryte nya kyrka is full of baroque majesty and Davidsson gets his point across in many different ways using written, visual and aural evidence leading to a performance that is both exemplary and nothing short of stunning.This is a set that I implore you to buy, as it is an absolute must for the collector."
All components make this the ultimate organ CD, with two booklets comprising 56-pages of detailed information on registrations, the organ, Weckman, and his music. Organist of the Jacobi Church in Hamburg, Matthias Weckman (sometimes spelled Weckmann) was a student of Heinrich Schütz and Jacob Praetorius II. He combined elements from a wide variety of musical languages to create a clear and complex style all his own. Hans Davidsson is the world's leading Weckman scholar.
The North German Baroque organ in Örgryte nya kyrka in Gothenburg, Sweden provides exciting new perspectives on Matthias Weckman’s organ music. This recording offers the first opportunity in our time to hear the complete works at their original pitch and in the original temperament, in quarter-comma meantone temperament at a Chorton pitch of a=465 Hz, and with the original registrations documented in the Weckman manuscripts. New aspects of registration and tonal realization became apparent through the process of working with this music on the new Baroque organ in Örgryte, and they are documented in the liner notes, which specify all the registrations for each work (also, click on Organ Registrations tab, above). Several of the chorale works are presented according to the alternatim practice, with a selection of hymn verses sung by the vocal ensemble Schola Gothia, directed by Ulrike Heider, interwoven with the organ verses.