Experience the beautiful and haunting sounds of a reed organ as you listen to this stunning performance of Christian Gottlob Höpner's Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid. This piece, composed for organ duet, is performed by Vidas and me at the VU St. John's Church, and showcases the composer's intricate use of harmony and melody.
The reed organ, a type of pump organ, is a historic instrument known for its distinctive sound and unique timbre. It adds a beautiful layer of depth and warmth to the music, making this performance a truly immersive and captivating experience.
This piece is taken from the collection Vier variierte Choräle für Orgel zu vier Händen, Op. 19 by Christian Gottlob Höpner, published by Musikverlag Dr. J. Butz in 1994. It looks like our organ is very well suited for this kind of music. The new A.J. Spencer's reed organ, model "University Organ", No. 2170 from 1929 which was recently donated to Vilnius University and placed at VU St. John's church. The instrument was beautifully restored by M.A.M. Fisharmonie i Organy (Marcin Majak and Jakub Wszołek) from Gdansk, Poland.
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Drs. Vidas Pinkevicius and Ausra Motuzaite-Pinkeviciene
Organists of Vilnius University , creators of Secrets of Organ Playing.
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