The Only Crayfish in my Brook #1340
…a tri–centenary salute to Bach's favorite and most prolific student, Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713–1780)
KREBS: Von Gott will ich nicht lassen –Felix Friedrich (1735 Silbermann/St. Peter Church, Freiberg, Germany) Querstand 0018
KREBS: Concerto for Two Keyboards (1st movement) –Irmtraut Friedrich, harpsichord (Silbermann); Felix Friedrich (1753 Silbermann/Frankenstein Parish Church, Germany) Querstand 0017
Johann Ludwig Krebs (October 10, 1713 – February 1, 1780) studied with Bach in Leipzig from 1726 to 1735, first as a member of the Thomasschule choir and, later as a University scholar, when he studied organ and was harpsichordist in Bach's Collegium Musicum. Krebs provided significant help to Bach in copying out performing parts for numerous of Bach's church cantatas, and was considered unrivaled (after Bach) as an organist, a matter that the intricacy of his wonderfully intriguing compositions proves. He was organist at the Court Chapel in Altenburg from 1755 until his death. In case you were wondering, Krebs means 'crab' or 'crayfish' in German; Bach is 'brook'.
Since 1971, Felix Friedrich has been organist at the 'Krebs Church', the Altenburg Castle Chapel. Michael Barone recorded some conversation with Herr Friedrich while visiting the organ loft at Altgenburg in 2002.
In addition to t he recordings listed above (several of which represent ‘complete cycles’ of the Krebs organ works…particularly from Felix Friedrich (Querstand) and Gerhard Weinberger (Motette), these additional artists have made important Krebs recordings:
William Porter…Klavier Übung (Loft 1026)
Olivier Vernet…Klavier Übung (Ligia 104136)
Peter Hurford…chorale-preludes for organ plus (Decca 430 208)
Jan Van Der Lar…organ works (Globe 5079)
Ildiko Kertesz and Geoffrey Thomas…Flute Sonatas (NCA 60214)