Organ CDs

The organ of the Church of Santa Maria, Mahon (Maó), Menorca

Tomé Olives performs a variety of music demonstrating the full range of this remarkable instrument, one of only a handful of organs on this Mediterranean island in the Balearic group. Built in 1810 by Swiss born Johann Kyburz, it shows his North European origins, whilst also including very distinct Spanish influences. These are at their most blatant in the almost violent sound of the "en chamade" (horizontally mounted) trumpet used authentically in the performance of the "Marxa per Clarins" by Mestres and to give a unique edge to Sigfrid Karg Elert's "March Triomphale", Nun Danket Alle Gott.

In the August 2001 edition of 'The Organ', the reviewer writes: "The sound of the instrument is stunning, from the gentle flute and flautado ranks, through the many mixtures and cornets to the sizzlingly glorious horizontal reeds on the Gran Organo. How brilliantly this has all been captured by the microphones, perfectly complemented by the warm acoustic".

On this CD Tomé Olives demonstrates how effect this organ can be with some of the organ's core repertory including Bach, Couperin and Buxtehude and he concludes with one of his own pieces. Olives is organist of the Cathedral in Cuitadella in Menorca and also performs regularly at Santa Maria.

The tracks are as follows:

Italian Pavane
Antonio de Cabezón (1510-1566)
Passacaglia in D
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Berceuse
Eduardo Torres (1872-1934)
Qui tollis peccata mundi
F. Couperin (1668-1733)
Jesu, Joy of man's desiring (from Cantata 147)
J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Marxa per clarinsAudio 1
Ch. Pr. 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'
J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Verso de segundo tono
F. Miguel López (1699-1792)
March Triomphale 'Nun Danket Alle Gott'Audio 1
BerceuseAudio 1
Ch. Pr. 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme'
J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
Sensacions per Orgue
Tomé Olives
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