The Finland based German organist Susanne Kujala has gained the reputation to be one of Finland’s most outstanding organists. Contemporary music is an essential part of her work: she has premiered over 50 works and two, soon three concertos.
Like contemporary music sometimes does, the organ works of J. S. Bach felt very modern to the people of his time. Bach’s works are still fresh and inspiring as the program of this CD proves.
“Bach on Porthan Organ” continues Susanne Kujala’s series of introducing Finland’s organs to a larger audience. Her debut CD “Organ Triptychon” was recorded on three significant instruments of Helsinki. This new CD features the Porthan Organ of St. Lawrence Church in Janakkala. The series is to be continued with her upcoming CD “Finnish Organ Music of the 21th Century”, which has been recorded already on the organs of Turku Cathedral, Helsinki Kallio and St. Paul’s Church.
Organ builder Martti Porthan made the organ building style of the German Baroque alive in Finland. All main features of the Porthan organ of St. Lawrence in Janakkala are based on the famous Huß Schnitger organ of Ss. Cosmae et Damiani in Stade. This CD is the 25th anniversary recording of the Porthan organ, which was built in 1993.
Bach, Johann Sebastian:
Prelude and Fugue D major BWV 532
Sonata E minor BWV 528
Prelude and Fugue A minor BWV 543
Sonata C minor BWV 526
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue C major BWV 564
Porthan Organ of St. Lawrence Church in Janakkala