The Renaissance Organ in Oosthuizen
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The Renaissance Organ in Oosthuizen
Gwendolyn Toth, organ

The organ in the Grote Kerk of Oosthuizen is one of the earliest playable organs in the Netherlands, but its origins are a mystery. The case, pipework, and the keyboard range are typical of the beginning of the 16th century, and the organ is often dated from the completion of the church building in 1521. Church archives contain a document from 1548 signed “Dierick Willemson coster ende orgel in oijsthuijsen” [Dierick Willemson, warden and organist in Oosthuizen] confirming that an organ existed at that date. During its restoration in 2002-2003, evidence was found that work was done by organbuilder Pieter Backer in the 17th century; possibly the sexquialter, not a stop found in 16th-century Dutch organs, dates from this work. The overall tone color of the organ has the fantastic strength and brilliance typical of Renaissance organ sound.

1 Ascensus cum descensu - Conrad Paumann (c.1410-1473)
2 Maria zart in re [Leonhard Kleber Orgeltabulatur, 1521-1524]
3 Tanndernak in la (Paul Hofhaimer) [Leonhard Kleber Orgeltabulatur]
4 Christ ist erstanden/Christus surrexit, 4 verses [Buxheimer Orgelbuch, 15th c.]
5 Mille regretz (Josquin des Prez) [Klagenfurter Orgeltablatur, 16th c.]
6 Miserere mei Deus (Josquin des Prez) [Klagenfurter Orgeltablatur]
7 Gallicum [Jan z Lublina Orgeltabulatur, 16th c.]
8 Plus mille regres (Josquin des Prez) [Jan z Lublina Orgeltabulatur]
9 J'ai fest (Claudin de Sermisy) [Jan z Lublina Orgeltabulatur]
10 Suscepimus Deus Gregor Aichinger (c.1565-1628)
11 Todo el mundo: Canto llano & tres glosas Francisco Correa de Arauxo (1584-1654)
12 Brabanschen ronden dans ofte brand [Susanne van Soldt Klavierboek, 17th c.]
13 Hexachord Fantasia Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)

Recorded June/July 2015 at the Grote Kerk, Oosthuizen, the Netherlands.
Dongsok Shin, recording engineer, producer, and editor

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