Organ


The many years that Bernard Brauchli specialised in the clavichord and its repertoire naturally lead him to the organ and more specifically to the chamber organ and southern European repertoire. With his expertise in the interpretation of 16th- to 18th-century keyboard music, he is able to draw forth sonorities and expression from early organs which are not possible with more contemporary repertoire. His two organ recordings, one on the oldest playable organ in Portugal in the cathedral of Evora and the other on a Piedmontese organ built by Giovanni Bruna in 1794 in Italy, have been highly praised by critics and public alike. Bernard Brauchli has been widely acclaimed for his concerts on historical organs in Europe (Sion, Switzerland; Faro and Mafra, Portugal; innumerable 18th-century Italian organs, etc.) as well as in the United States.

Positive organ, by Gabriel Blancafort (Collbatò, Spain, 1978), [1 keyboard, C-f’’’, 8’. 4’, 4’, Nasard, Mixture 4 files]

Sample programs


Three Centuries of Iberian Organ Music 1500 to 1800

Works by A. de Cabezón, M. R. Coelho, P. Bruna, P. de Araújo, P. Nassarre, J. Cabanilles, V. Hervás, S. Durón, J. Oxinaga, M. de Sostoa, A. Soler

Italian Organ Music from the 16th to the 18th Century

Works by A. Antico, A. Gabrieli, G. Cavazzoni, A. Valente, G. Frescobaldi, D. Zipoli, G. B. Martini, V. Bellini, D. Cimarosa

Organ Music from the 14th to 18th Century

Works by C. Paumann, S. Aguilera de Heredia, P. de Araújo, L. Chaumont, A. Scarlatti, D. Cimarosa

The Early Organ

Works by H. Aston, P. Attaingnant, H. Newsiedler, J. A. Dalza, A. Valente, M. R. Coelho, Chr. Erbach, Ign. de Echeverria, J. do Sacramento, C. Seixas, J. de Sousa Carvalho, S. de Alberto, A. Soler

Reviews


“This was a fresh, enjoyable, atmospheric musical occasion on account of what was being played, who was playing it and where it was being played. Brauchli played with a verve and confidence that convinced you that the Busch-Reisinger was where the out-of-the-way, high-quality pleasures were to be had on a Friday evening.”

The Boston Globe (U.S.A.), Richard Buell

“Bernard Brauchli, with his immense talent and his perfect mastery of the instrument, thoroughly exploited the organ of Valère which is the oldest playable organ in the world. In the hands of such an expert, it was clear that this organ is not only an inestimable treasure, but also a musical instrument capable of enchanting the most exigent of music lovers thanks to the grace of its extraordinary sonorities and to the ability of this artist.”

Le Nouvelliste (Sion, Switzerland), J. Steinmann

“I have been much impressed by a duo that I chanced on in recital, Yuko Hayashi and Bernard Brauchli, playing a group of Soler concertos on two chamber organs.”

The New Yorker (U.S.A.), Nicholas Kenyon

“Bernard Brauchli’s self-effacing approach to this repertory [Iberian organ music of the 16th to 18th centuries] seems just right; the ideal combination of music and organ are allowed to make their own case. Bernard Brauchli’s playing through-out is neat, precise and clear, and is notable for a natural expressiveness which seems wholly appropriate.”

Early Music (England), John Kitchen

“Bernard Brauchli, a profound connoisseur of Spanish organ music, brought forth the full beauty of the organ as both a chamber music instrument and as a full organ… An exceptionally beautiful organ record.”

Alte Musik Aktuell (Germany), Rüdiger Schwarz

“This CD [The Organ of Evora Cathedral] contains some of the most sensual organ music you are ever likely to hear. There is a magical quality that this music elicits and Brauchli certainly knows how to exploit and bring the music out to its fullest potential of greatness. All in all this is an exceptional CD and you would do yourself an injustice not to hear it.”

The National Guide to Compact Discs (U.S.A.)

“Throughout the program Swiss-born Bernard Brauchli’s keyboard technique is sure and facile, demonstrating clearly his affection for and familiarity with this relatively obscure branch of organ culture. More such productions from his library would be welcome additions to the discography.”

The Diapason (U.S.A)