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Robert Schumann: Sämtliche Orgelwerke

 Author: Jens F. Laurson, Washington DC
 Source: www.weta.org/fmblog/?p=2164
 Date: 27.11.2010

"These works were also recently released on Berlin Classics, on a beautifully produced disc with Mario Hospach-Martini also playing a historic Walcker organ, but the 1888 instrument in the Stadtkirche in Winterthur. I am surprised just how much more enjoyment I derive from this recording… registration, organ sound (a little less reverb), and even the playing capture my imagination much more vividly. The Sketches have a tighter, less ‘grand organish’ character. The Canonic Studies are calmer and linger lovingly, the Fugues are clear, precise, and work toward cumulative effect. The Rothkopf recording is recommendable for the works themselves, but Hospach-Martini also for the interpretations. A fairly clear choice between the two, I’d have to say."

Mario Hospach-Martini spielt Purcell, Böhm, de Grigny, Blow & Bach

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 Author: Mixtures, numéro 28
 Source: www.fqao.org
 Date: Mai 2008
Mario Hospach-Martini spielt Purcell, Böhm, de Grigny, Blow & Bach

Mario Hospach-Martini spielt Purcell, Böhm, de Grigny, Blow & Bach Mario Hospach-Martini Andreas Silbermann, 1731 (III/P, 29 jeux, 41 rangs) Restaurations: Wetzel 1857 / Roethinger, 1939 / Kern, Koenig, Dott 1999 Église Saint-Maurice, Ebersmünster (France) Avec l’orgue de Marmoutier, cet instrument est le seul qui ait été construit par Silbermann et qui nous soit parvenu presque entière- ment préservé. Il est considéré comme étant l’un des chefs- d’œuvre de ce facteur formé à Paris. L’artiste nous présente des œuvres de Purcell, Böhm, de Grigny, Blow et J. S. Bach qui mettent en valeur la sonorité saisissante de cet instrument. « Sonorité excellente, acoustique remarquable. Un classique »

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 Author: Christopher Nickol
 Source: www.gramophone.net
 Date: July 2004
Christopher Nickol on recent discs of German organ music

"After my French selection in April, here are nine discs of German composers. Again, it's pleasing to report a high standard of production in the majority of cases. The recordings successfully capture the clarity and spatial characteristics of the organs and generally the booklets are most informative about the music, instruments and performers. It's good to see that Mario Hospach-Martini for Arte Nova, Douglas Hollick (Riverrun), Francis Jacob (Zig-Zag Territoires) and David Ponsford (Guild) contribute their own booklet-notes; they wear their scholarship lightly and the results are eminently readable... ...Another outstanding 17th-century instrument, the Grote Kerk, Leewarden's three-manual Muller organ, is heard on Mario Hospach-Martini's Arte Nova release of Baroque organ music of North Germany (works by Buxtehude, Reincken, Scheidemann and Weckmann). His subtle flexibility and stylish articulation of the contrapuntal lines will delight lovers of this repertoire."

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 Author: Malcolm Riley
 Source: www.gramophone.net
 Date: October 2003
Malcolm Riley on English organs, and some unusual Continental instruments

"A trio of discs comes from across the North Sea: Mario Hospach-Martini visited Holland to record a programme of North German organ music on the Muller organ of the Grote Kerk in Leeuwarden. Weckmann, Buxtehude, Reincken and Scheidemann works are all hallmarked by his crystalline registrations and stylish ornamentation. The disc is worth buying just for Reincken's substantial chorale fantasia on An Wasserflüssen Babylon."

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 Author: Adolfo Garavaglia
 Date: 01.03.2003
Buen trabajo de este joven organista

E1 norte de Alemania durante el siglo XVII fue un lugar privilegiado para el desarrollo de una técnica organística ligada principalmente a los servicios religiosos luteranos. El organista intérprete de esta grabación Mario Hospach-Martini, posee dos CD grabados para Arte Nova. El primero de ellos dedicado a la música para órgano de Alemania central y el segundo se centra en las grandes figuras barrocas del norte de Alemania. En este contexto sobresale la figura de Dietrich Buxtehude, organista y compositor del que personalidades como Haendel y J. S. Bach obtuvieron importantes enseñanzas (el último viajó 400 kilómetros para poder estudiar con él durante cuatro meses). Su Praeludium en Mi mayor es una obra brillante y amplia que Hospach-Martini sabe interpretar con expresividad y matices al igual que el resto de las obras que componen este notable CD. Muy interesante resultan también la composición e interpretación de las dos obras de Heinrich Scheidemann, una gallarda, y una variación sobre la famosa pavana Lachrymae de Dowland. Buena toma de sonido del instrumento usado, el órgano de la Grote Kerk en Leeuwarden construido por el organero Christian Müller en 1727

Arte Nova 74321 920442 / 62:14 DDD
Interpretación: *****
Sonido: *****


Beeindruckende Arbeit eines jungen Organisten

„Sein (Buxtehudes) Praeludium in E -Dur ist ein meisterhaftes Werk, das durch die geschmackvolle Interpretation von Hospach-Martini, die sich durch expressives und nuancenreiches Spiel auszeichnet, aufblüht. Dasselbe gilt für die restlichen Werke dieser hervorragenden Einspielung. Hochinteressant wirkt sowohl die Komposition als auch die Interpretation der beiden Werke Heinrich Scheidemanns, eine Galliarde, und Variationen über die berühmte Paduana Lachrymae von Dowland. Eine ausgezeichnete Aufnahme des Instruments, der Orgel der Grote Kerk in Leeuwarden erbaut durch den Orgelbauer Christian Müller im Jahre 1727.“

Arte Nova 74321 920442 / 62:14 DDD
Interpretation:: *****
Klang: *****


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 Author: The American Organist
 Source: www.agohq.org/home.html
 Date: March 1, 2008

"Mario Hospach-Martini has chosen a multinational program that focuses on the Classic French characteristics of the instrument. Music of Purcell and Blow might seem a curious choice, but Hospach-Martini points out that larger English organs of the 17th century were similar to their French counterparts in design, because many organbuilders of that time were forced to relocate in France during the restrictive reign of the Puritans. Some returned after 1660, the time of the Restoration, bringing French influences with them. Scored for strings, Purcell's Chacony in g transfers perfectly to the organ without alteration. Also included are three Grounds, in C minor, D minor, and E minor. Blow's Cornet Voluntary in D Minor and Voluntaries in A and D further demonstrate many of the organ's exquisite voices. Hospach-Martini performs Nicolas de Grigny's Veni Creator Spiritus with zest and style, illustrating the Silbermann's true French character. Böhm's Partita on Freu' dich sehr explores more of the organ's colors, including the round flutes, vibrant principals, small ensembles, and the lovely tremulant. Two French-inspired works of J.S. Bach conclude the program: An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653 (a "tierce en taille"), and the Fantasia in C Minor, BWV 562, employing the pungent plenum, dominated by the reeds and tierces. Hospach-Martini is an excellent player thoroughly grounded in performance practice. This recording is worth seeking out for both the significance of this historical gem and the beautiful playing."

Andreas-Silbermann-Orgel Ebersmunster

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 Author: Andrew Benson-Wilson
 Source: Early Music Review - 119 - June 2007
 Date: June 2007
Andreas-Silbermann-Orgel Ebersmunster; Mario Hospach-Martini spielt Purcell, Böhm, de Grigny, Blow & Bach

„The Blow pieces sound interesting on this organ, and the whole is a useful comparison with the Northern French organs that are usually seen as reflecting the English organ of the mid 17th century. This is a fascinating programme played on an outstanding historic instrument.”

Barocke Orgelmusik aus Norddeutschland

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 Author: Andrew Benson-Wilson
 Source: Early Music Review - 93 - Septembre 2003
 Date: Septembre 2003
Barocke Orgelmusik aus Norddeutschland Mario Hospach-Martini (Christian-Müller organ, Grote Kerk Leeuwarden)

"This is an essential CD, not only for all lovers of the North German organ school of the 17th century, but also as an example of the refined organ performance style, with roots in historically informed performance, that has become more widespread in recent years. It is full of examples of the way an organist can use touch, articulation and a sensitive use of rubato to bring life to notes: in the middle of Buxtehude’s Ciacona in E minor, for example, when the running quavers are made to dance lightly within a carefully delineated pulse. The following track (Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist) shows the same technique used to colour a chorale melody. Using this technique, Scheidemann’s beautiful colouration of Dowland’s Lachrymae is almost as expressive as when played on the lute. Reincken’s monumental (20’) chorale fantasia on An Wasserflüssen Babylon is one of the most complex of the genre, and is given a thoughtful and sensitive reading. Indeed, the whole CD is notable for its air of restraint, allowing the musicality to shine through."

Baroque Organ Music from Northern Germany
Grote Kerk in Leeuwarden

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 Author: The Organ Magazine
 Source: www.theorganmag.com
 Date: 21.10.2003
Baroque Organ Music from Northern Germany - Mario Hospach-Martini

"The Christian Müller organ, built between 1724 - 27, in the Grote Kerk in Leeuwarden was modified in the prevailing fashions during the 19th and 20th centuries, and in 1972 was restored to the original form. Even the tuning, which is a semi-tone higher than today's normal. The glorious tones of the 38 stops on this organ are matched by the well-nigh perfect acoustic, giving a fantastic clarity throughout.

Mario Hospach-Martini, born in 1971, has given recitals in Germany, Italy, Canada and here in Westminster Abbey. He specialises in the Baroque organ repertoire of North Germany and on this CD plays works by Weckmann, Buxtehude, Scheidermann and Reincken. A splendid recording, highly recommended and at budget price too!

Let us hope and pray that 276 years hence, future organ enthusiasts will hear these sounds in person (not on record) and appreciate the music of the Baroque era on this lovely Christian Müller organ." DRC

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