FELIX WOYRSCH (1860-1944): Complete Organ Music - 10 Chorale Preludes, Op. 59, Festpraeludium îuber den Choral “Nun danket alle Gott”, Op. 43, Passacaglia über das “Dies irae”, Op. 62. (First Recordings except Op. 59/5).
Catalogue Number: 09X034
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0120
Description: You know him from his symphony. Woyrsch’s late-Romantic organ music, with distant roots in Bach’s counterpoint, inhabits a harmonic world somewhere between Brahms and Reger, its dark colors reflecting the upheavals in the times through which he lived. Grouped chronologically around the ultimate catastrophe of the First World War, allowing them to be viewed as fascinating documents of music-history and part of the artistic response to the ‘global conflagration’ of 1914–18, the most obvious are the Op. 59 choral preludes written during the war and pervaded by the themes of death and dying. Ruth Forsbach (organ of the Reformed Church, Ronsdorf, Wuppertal).