Walther, Williamson, and Walcha #1445
…three wildly different composers, one from the German Baroque and a pair from 20th century Germany and England, make for interesting contrasts.
HELMUT WALCHA: Fröhlich soll mein Herze springen -- Renate Meierjürgen, recorded September 1980 (1961 Karl Schuke/Dreikönigskirche, Frankfurt, Germany) Motette 10391
MALCOLM WILLIAMSON: Prelude, Sonata and Toccata, fr Symphony for Organ (1960) –Tom Bell (1970 Harrison/Durham Cathedral, England) Regent 409; Tom Winpenny (1912 Harrison/St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, England) Toccata Classics 0246
WALCHA: 3 Chorale-preludes (Gott des Himmels und der Erden; Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein; Lobet den Herren) –Wolfgang Rübsam (2004 Brombaugh/1st Presbyterian Church, Springfield, IL) Naxos 8.572911
Johann Gottfried Walther (1684-1748), Bach’s cousin, served with him in Weimar. Helmut Walcha (1907-1991), noted Bach interpretor, created some remarkable chorale settings in a neo-Baroque style, a kind of modern Orgelbüchlein. Malcolm Williamson (1931-2003), Master of the Queen’s Music from 1975 to 2003, raised some eyebrows with his modernist compositions years ago, and may still!
to comments from Professor Emeritus Delbert Disselhorst discussing the music of Helmut Walcha, with whom he studied on a Fulbright Scholarship years ago.