Spiritual Movement No.2
From the "Queen of the Instruments" to the Queen of the Pipe Organ \'With \'Spiritual Movement No. 2\' Barbara Dennerlein honours one of the most historically significant places in Germany: the Emperor William Memorial Church in Berlin. Built around 1900, it was largely destroyed by a hail of bombs in 1943 and 1944. Restored and expanded it has become a global icon of architectural history and a dramatic symbol of Germany's reconstruction. It's Schuke-Organ, built in 1962/63 and most recently modified in 2005, has four manuals, 63 stops, and 5000 pipes, and during a concert on November 16th, 2007 it had Barbara Dennerlein at the console. It is Barbara Dennerlein's indisputably unique artistry to make the powerful pipes, voluminous manuals, and weighty pedals more tractable for the turbulent syncopations of jazz. Even prior to the new millennium she began her ambitious project to create a musical cosmos for jazz on the pipe organs of this world. Her journey has always been characterized by a respect for the challenge, an immersion into the myriad worlds of these instruments, and an ability to surmount all the pitfalls associated with their registrations and mechanics. Nevertheless, \'Spiritual Movement No. 2\' reveals: no longer is she an artist seeking to conquer the \'Queen of all Instruments.\' Rather, she is now the \'Queen of the Pipe Organ\' who deftly reigns over her instrument as a vital means for expressing her musical intentions. Barbara Dennerlein enters the exalted choir loft and lays down some furious and \'Funkish\' music - so energetically, that out of habit one might think of a Hammond B3 in a jazz club. Of course the reality is that only a magnificent instrument such as the pipe organ can do justice to such a grandiose pedal bass solo. Through such artistry and technique Barbara Dennerlein has created an unrivaled and unique selling point within the entire world of jazz. Barbara\'s music effects the complete transformation of 5000 organ pipes to a jazz instrument with no \'ifs\' \'ands\' or \'buts.\' The result is a phenomenal groove. Barbara Dennerlein's uncompromising pursuit of intensity, drive, and the intoxication of timbre are on display in her blues compositions takes things yet again to the next level like an improvised thunderstorm of uncommon originality and gradually speed. It's a spectacular piece performed by an absolutely extraordinary talent. This CD comes with a promise, each time one listens to it he is apt to discover a new aspect of his own musical world.\'