Schumann: The Roots & The Flower – Counterpoint In Bloom

Jens E. Christensen

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Exclusive Early Release at NativeDSD! 

It is organist Jens E. Christensen’s 75th birthday on Sunday, August 15, 2021. NativeDSD celebrates that with this exclusive early release of his newest album! Jens E. Christensen tells us “This album is dedicated to the memory of my life companion, Henrik Sten Møller”

Although Robert Schumann’s public role in the Bach revival is less well known than that of Felix Mendelssohn, Bach’s music would play an influential effect throughout his life. Schumann would in turn, arrange and perform many of Bach’s works including adding piano parts to the Solo Violin Sonatas and Cellos Suites and trumpets to the St. John Passion!

In 1843 he and Clara rented a custom made pedalflügel – a dreadnought of an instrument combining a Friedrich Wieck grand piano with a pedal keyboard that enabled Schumann’s to play Bach’s organ music at home.

During one of his periodic bouts of depression, Schumann became gripped by what he called Fugenpassion and shortly thereafter his obsession with Bach would blossom in the Canons and Fugues of Opp. 56 and 58.

The curious name of this album references Carl Nielsen’s advice to fellow composer Ture Rangstrom, namely, to get down to the roots of a piece so that it would truly flower. And so following Nielsen’s advice, acclaimed organist Jens E. Christensen, a master of styles ancient and modern, dug deep to uncover the roots of Schumann’s imagination for this truly extraordinary program, a lovingly cultivated German-Danish, Piano-Organ, Baroque-Romantic hybrid, that will no doubt become a perennial favorite for fans of Schumann’s most florid contrapuntal creations.

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Tracklist

1.
Sechs Fugen iiber den Namen Bach, Op. 60 - Fuge Nr. 1 Langsam
06:46
2.
Sechs Fugen iiber den Namen Bach, Op. 60 - Fuge Nr. 2 Lebhaft
06:42
3.
6 Studien in kanonischer Form, Op.56 - Studie Nr. 1 C-Dur Nicht zu schnell
02:29
4.
6 Studien in kanonischer Form, Op.56 - Studie Nr. 2 a-moll Mit innigem Ausdruck
06:07
5.
6 Studien in kanonischer Form, Op.56 - Studie Nr. 3 E-Dur Andantino
03:43
6.
Sechs Fugen iiber den Namen Bach, Op. 60 - Fuge Nr. 3 Mit sanften Stimmen
05:24
7.
Sechs Fugen iiber den Namen Bach, Op. 60 - Fuge Nr. 4 Massig, doch nicht zu langsam
06:49
8.
6 Studien in kanonischer Form, Op.56 - Studie Nr. 4 As-Dur Innig
04:53
9.
6 Studien in kanonischer Form, Op.56 - Studie Nr. 5 h-moll Nicht zu schnell
03:32
10.
6 Studien in kanonischer Form, Op.56 - Studie Nr. 6 E-Dur Adagio
04:06
11.
Sechs Fugen iiber den Namen Bach, Op. 60 - Fuge Nr. 5 Lebhaft
03:23
12.
Sechs Fugen iiber den Namen Bach, Op. 60 - Fuge Nr. 6 M
09:21

Total time: 01:03:15

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Release DateAugust 13, 2021

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