The Art of Organbuilding

J.L. van den Heuvel Orgelbouw 1967-1997

The CD Features a 36-page full colour booklet, with specifications, discriptions and photographs of 11 of the finest Van de Heuvel instruments. They include the sensational organ for St. Eustache, Paris, together with the magnificent 32' organs at Nieuwe Kerk, Katwijk aan Zee; Victoria Hall, Geneva and St. Franziskus, Munich. Also included are Van den Heuvel organs at the Duke's Hall (Royal Academy of Music) in London, the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and six other organs in Holland.

"Die Interpretation bewegt sich auf einem niveau, das man auf ein jubiläumsgaben selten antrifft... mach er im Umgang mint den Klangressourcen der Großartigen Orgel nich Organistenträume wahr...? Diese Veröffentlichung is für den Freund guter Orgel-CDs ein Fest" [ORGEL INTERNATIONAL march 1998]

The early instruments show already a striking distinction in sound with the prevailing neo-baroque conceptions at the beginning of the seventies. The valuable and approved technical building principles from the earlier glorious period of Dutch organ building were indeed applied by Van den Heuvel, concerning the point of sound however, he gradually went a different way, which was increasingly influenced by the symphonic aesthetics from the great French organbuilder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. Jan L. van den Heuvel designed for each of his organs its own sound character and personally provided the voicing.

The organs on the celebration CD represent the different artistic stages in de 30 years existence of the Van den Heuvel company. The different instruments are a resounding example of the development, that the organbuilder in this period has gone through. A development, that hasn't reached an end and undoubtedly shall continue in the future

On behalve of the various international organists, that have cooperated with great enthusiasm on the realization of this sound document, I would like to congratulate the brothers Jan and peter van den Heuvel on their Anniversary and wish that even more magnificent instruments may be added to their opuslists in the future.

Ben van Oosten



Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
   Pièce d'Orgue (Fantasie) in G-dur (BWV) 572
   Très vitement - Gravement - Lentement
   Ben van Oosten - Singelkerk, Ridderkerk (NL)
Johann Sebastian Bach:
   Concerto in G-dur (BWV 592)
   Allegro - Grave - Presto
   Ben van Oosten - Ned. Herv. Kerk, Nieuwpoort (NL)
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartoldy (1809-1837):
   Sonate 4 in B-dur, opus 65
   Allegro con brio - Andante religioso - Allegretto -
   Allegro maestoso e vivace
   Ben van Oosten - St. Lambertuskerk, Strijen (NL)
Felix-Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1922):
   Morceau de Concert, opus 24
   Prélude - Thème - Variation - Final
   Ben van Oosten - Nieuwe kerk, Katwijk aan Zee (NL)
Ben van Oosten (1955): Improvisation Psalm 150
   Ben van Oosten - Geref. Gemeente, Yerseke (NL)
Louis Vierne (1870-1937):
   From 24 Pièces en style libre, opus 31, no 20 Pastorale
César Franck (1822-1890):
   From Pièces pour orgue ou harmonium (L'organiste),
   no 2 Grand-Choeur en mi-bémol majeur
   Dirk S. Donker - Martini Kerk, Sneek (NL)

total time 76:07



Franz Liszt (1811-1886):
   Phantasie und Fuge über den Choral " Ad Nos,
   ad salutarum undam"
   Jean Guillou - St. Eustache, Paris (F)
Lionel Rogg (1936): Arcature (composed for the new
   Victoria Hall organ)
   Apparition (à David Titterington) - Evocation (pour Anne
   Page) - Finale (à André Isoir)
   Lionel Rogg - Victoria Hall, Genève (CH)
Naji Hakim (1955): Pange lingua (six pièces pour orgue)
   Pange lingua - Nobis datus - In supremae - Verbum caro -
   Tantum ergo - Genitori genitoque
   Naji Hakim - Duke's Hall - RAM, London (GB)
Robert A. Schumann (1810-1856):
   From "Sechs Fugen über den Namen B.A.C.H." opus 60, no 4
   From "Sechs Studien für den Pedalflügel" opus 56, no 4
   From "Sechs Studien für den Pedalflügel" opus 56, no 5
   Torvald Torén - Royal College of Music, Stockholm (S)
Zsolt Gardonyi (1946): Grand Choeur
   Karl Maureen - St. Franziskus, München (D)

total time 74:02

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