What better way to present the newly restored Gloger organ from 1765 in Kongsberg church in Norway, than by the enigmatic Kunst der Fuge? The second instalment in Organum Norvegica presents a true gem among the original organs from the baroque era.
A unique organ from 1765
The organ at Kongsberg church was built by the German organ builder Gottfried Heinrich Gloger (1710-1779) in 1765. By that time Gloger had had a long and varied career as an organ builder in Norway. The German organ builder Jürgen Ahrend was given the task of restoring the organ, and work was completed in 2000. Fortunately, the remainder of the original instrument’s working parts had been put into storage in the church attic and were found there in good condition. The Gloger organ of today is characteristic of the northern German style in both its specification and the arrangement of the manuals. A characteristic feature is the independent tonal design of the pedal; there are therefore no pedal couplers. Another typical feature is the large number of reed stops, eight in all.
Since his debut in 1970, Terje Winge has built his international concert activities with repertoire ranging from baroque music until the contemporary. He is also a highly valued teacher and source of inspiration at the Norwegian Academy of Music, always in search of the ‘soul’ of the instrument at hand, allowing it to shape his interpretations.