Bach Prelude and Fugue in D Major and Fantasie and Fugue in g minor- Silbermann organ Frauenkirche, Dresden (1944) – Hanns Ander-Donath (organist)

Frauenkirche, Dresden

The Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) in Dresden started out as a Roman Catholic parish, then became Protestant during the Reformation, and finally in the 18th century it became a Lutheran church. It was destroyed during the bombing of Dresden in WWII. The ruins of the church that remained were left for 50 years as a war memorial. In 1994 the church was rebuilt after the reunification of Germany. The exterior of the church was completed in 2004, and the interior was completed in 2005.

The organ in the Frauenkirche was built by the great German organ builder Gottfried Silbermann who came from a family of organ builders. It was one of the greatest pipe organs in Europe. The organ was installed in 1736 and the great organist and composer Johann Sebastian Bach gave an organ recital on it shortly after its installation. A new organ based on the ideas of Gottfried Silbermann and Andreas Silbermann was built by Kern (an organ builder from Strasbourg) in 2005.

In 1944, the organist of the Frauenkirche, Hanns Ander-Donath made a recording of several organ pieces before Dresden was bombed and the church and organ were completely destroyed. I discovered that both recordings were listed on youtube as being recorded in 1944 at the Frauenkirche. I am not sure if that is true as they both come from different cd compilations recorded by the same organist.

Here is a recording of the Prelude and Fugue in D Major by J.S. Bach. The recording of the Prelude and Fugue in D Major comes from a cd album entitled Ein Leben fur die Orgel. I am not sure if the recording of the Prelude and Fugue is done on the Frauenkirche Silbermann organ.
The recording of the Fantasie and Fugue in g minor by J.S. Bach was recorded on the old Frauenkirche Silbermann in 1944. What a magnificent and powerful sound that organ has.

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