Friday, December 9, 2016

Bach, J.S. The Complete Organ Works. CD 3. (The Aeolus Edition)

From my collection. 
Bought in November 2014.
First listen: 27-11-2014.
Second listen: 9-12-2016.
Label: Aeolus.
CD 3 from 19.
Recording date: April 2008.
Recording venue: Eglise abbatiale Saint Maurice, ( Ebersmunster)
Instrument: Andreas Silbermann (1732)
Recording engineer: Christoph Martin Frommen.
Running time: 75:45.
Classical relevance: Essential. Reference recording and performance.

Works performed:

Fantasie in c Moll, BWV 537.

Fuge in c Moll, BWV 537.
Allein Gott in der Hoh. sei ehr, BWV 715, and 717.
Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV 726.
Ach Gott und Herr., BWV 714.
Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727.
Fantasia und Imitation, BWV 563.
Fantasia super, Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 713.
Jesu, meine zuversicht, BWV 728.
In Dulci Jubilo, BWV 729.
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 730 & 731.
Partite diverse sopra, O, Gott du frommer Gott, BWV 767.
Fantasia in c Moll, BWV 562.
Partite diverse sopra, Christ, der du bist der helle Tag, BWV 766.

Performed by:

Ewald Kooiman.

For those that enjoy Kooiman's playing style, this set is a must. 

It is some kind of a novelty that I hear all of Bach's organ works on Silbermann Organs. Being used to basically North German instruments, it takes some sort of a adaption, to find the genius in these works again. In most of Bach's works I enjoy this sound, but there are pieces that do not lend themselves to this opulence, notably the work "Allein Gott in der Hohe, sei ehr, BWV 715". That needs adjustment, but it is far and wide between, for hearing "Ach Gott, und Herr BWV 714" is heart rendering, and so well suited to the instrument. And I could go on, for this set has many moments of sheer bliss, the more so for the recording, which is almost the best I ever heard in regard to the instrument. 

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