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Solo Recording of the year - Eckhard Manz


This instrument revolutionises organ building. The main organ in the church of St. Martin in Kassel, consecrated in 2017, already boasts numerous innovations; now the experimental organ, completed in 2021, turns the laws of organ building that have applied for centuries on their head.With a technically highly innovative trick, the traditional Rieger company has succeeded in having the wind flowing into the organ pipe controlled by the touch of the key, stop slide and bellows system.  The new sound cosmos of swelling and dying tones that opens up inspires young composers to experiment, documented for the first time on a brand-new Super Audio CD that presents both instruments as a convincing unit in overwhelming spatiality.

The main organ in St. Martin's is also visually an eye-catcher: the facade is spread across the entire width of the nave, with tufts of artificial hair in front of its labia moving with every breath of wind. With two stops tuned in the middle tone, even the oldest organ music can be heard authentically, while a quarter-tone manual invites composers and audiences alike to embark on a journey of tonal discovery.


The Rieger Organs

St. Martin Kassel

Messiaen: Pentecost Mass 

and compositions by

Bach, Böhm, Büsing, Cabezón,

de Grigny, Praetorius and Walter

MDG 951 2226-6

(Hybrid SACD)

Price: 21,99  €


St. Martin has been known for its innovative spirit for centuries, and Johann Sebastian Bach was drawn to Kassel in 1732 to examin the organ. Bach is both the beginning and the end of Manz's programme, which is extraordinary in every respect, with Messiaën's Pentecost Mass at its centre. Works by Cabezón, Praetorius, Böhm and de Grigny represent the Renaissance and Baroque, while pieces from Caspar Johannes Walter's composition class represent contemporary, youthful music. Otfried Büsing uses the entire spectrum, from delicately disappearing tones to the mighty quarter-tone cluster: a gigantic rush of sound!

This is captured on the brand-new Super Audio CD as naturally as only the three-dimensional reproduction of a 2+2+2 production allows. The opulent dimensions of the main organ are equally effective in width and height; the freely selectable position of the experimental organ is captured with striking spatiality. One can look forward to further aesthetic-sound experiments with this extraordinary instrument!

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