Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Finn Viderø at the Compenius Organ

The 1610 Compenius Organ, Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark
(as pictured in the booklet for the Gramophone Shop Celebrities Album)
Happy New Year! Here, without further ado, is the companion album for the Finn Viderø set I posted a few weeks ago, made by HMV for the Gramophone Shop in New York, a selection of 16th and 17th century music played on the oldest organ in Denmark, built by Esaias Compenius in 1610:

Compenius Organ Album:
Samuel Scheidt: Magnificat secundi toni
Girolamo Frescobaldi: Canzone dopo l'Epistola
Heinrich Scheidemann: Praeambulum in Dorian Mode
Antonio Cabezón: Diferencias sobre "El Canto del Caballero"
Antonio Cabezón: Tiento del cuatro tono
Jean Titelouze: Magnificat quinti toni
Melchior Schildt: Praeambulum
Orlando Gibbons: Fantasia
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: O lux beata trinitas - 2 variations
Jakob Praetorius: Praeambulum
Michael Praetorius: Alvus tumescit virginis
Finn Viderø at the Compenius organ in Frederiksborg Castle, Denmark
Recorded c. 1949
Gramophone Shop Celebrities Album 8, six 78-rpm records
Link (FLAC files, 146.36 MB)
Link (MP3 files, 92.45 MB)

There were nine of these special albums produced by the Gramophone Shop, which, for some reason, began their numbering at Album 2 and went up through Album 10.  Here is a list of these:

GSC-2: Purcell: Eight Suites for Harpsichord (Sylvia Marlowe)
GSC-3: Treasures from the Repertory of Maggie Teyte
GSC-4: Songs of Gluck, Wagner and Franz (Lorri Lail, soprano)
GSC-5: Baroque Cantatas of 17th Century North Germany (Mogens Wöldike directing)
GSC-6: Seventeenth Century Organ Music (Finn Viderø)
GSC-7: Italian Songs of the Renaissance and Baroque (Gabriella Gatti)
GSC-8: Compenius Organ Album (Finn Viderø)
GSC-9: Choral Music of the Renaissance (Wöldike & Danish State Madrigal Choir)
GSC-10: Alto Cantatas of Schütz nnd Buxtehude (Lorri Lail, Finn Viderø)

All of these were recorded and manufactured by HMV except the Purcell Suites, which were American-made and pressed in vinylite. No indication is given as to who produced them, though my guess would be American Decca, given that Sylvia Marlowe would later record extensively for that label.


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  2. Fantastic, thank you again so much! Very best wishes, Nick

  3. Thanks, and also best wishes for 2017!

  4. Bryan, A detailed overview of each of the contents of the GSC series can be found in Dec. 1952 issue of the Gramophone Shop Supplement (pages 30-32) - 78rpmcommunity.com/beta/documents/1/52/the-gramophone-shop-supplement-1952