Gwendolyn Toth

Gwendolyn Toth is the director of the New York City-based early music ensemble, ARTEK, and a soloist on early keyboards (organ, harpsichord, fortepiano). She is married to harpsichordist Dongsok Shin, and they have three children.

Friday, June 3, 2011

The beautiful Noordbroek organ

On our day of recording in Noordbroek, we finished up the last 3 small pieces in short order, then spent an hour recording the Youtube video linked here. Dongsok amused himself with 3 different camera angles. I just kept playing! The piece is Bach's beautiful chorale prelude on Herzlich thut mich verlangen. What a wonderful way to end my time with this amazing instrument. In the week I was here, I grew to love the organ tremendously. The Bach piece sums up my feelings perfectly.

Later, a fun dinner with our Noordbroek hosts, Peter Westerbrink and Lenore Lub, who have both been so kind and helpful to us at a fish restaurant in Groningen. The next morning, we were up & in the car early, back to Schiphol where I went home, and Dongsok went to Germany (to see more organs, for a few days, before playing with REBEL.)

Here's the link on Youtube to the Noordbroek video Dongsok made:
Gwendolyn Toth plays Bach on the Schnitger organ in Noordbroek

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