Kirchhoff’s prelude to the choral “Wenn wir in höchsten Nöthen sein” is a peculiar piece. The choral meody is played unisono on the manuals and the pedal. Between each phrase of the melody Kitchhoff writes some virtuaosic passage work. The result is rather frivolous and not what you might expect to hear in conjunction to a text that picture the meaning of God for those in utmost need.
The recording was done with the Hauptwerk software and the sampleset, made by Sonus Paradisi, of the Schittger organ in the St. Martini-kerk, Groningen (http://www.sonusparadisi.cz/en/organs/netherlands/groningen-st-martini.html).
Kirchhoff, Wenn wir in höchsten NÖthen sein