Friday, February 17, 2017

Bach, J.S. The Complete Organ works. (Aeolus Edition) CD 4.

From my collection.
Bought in November 2014.
First listen: 4-12-2014.
Second listen: 17-2-2017.
Label: Aeolus.
Box with 21 cd's, and a beautiful booklet added.
Recording dates: April 2008.
Recording venue: Ebersmunster, Eglise Abbatiale Saint Maurice, France.
Recording engineer: Christoph Martin Frommen.
Running time: 74:02.
Classical relevance to me: Essential performance.
Instrument: Andreas Silbermann, (1732)

Works performed:

Alla Breve, BWV 589.
Canzona in d-Moll, BWV 588.
Fantasia super "Christ lag in Todesbanden" BWV 695.
Pastorale in F-Dur, BWV 590.
Fantasia in C-Dur, BWV 570.
Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein, BWV 755.
Wir Christenleut, BWV 710.
Fantasia in C, BWV 1121.
Fuga sopra il Magnificat, BWV 733.
Erbarm dich mein, O Herre Gott, BWV 721.
Wer nur den Lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV 691, and 690.
Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 737.
Partite diverse sopra, "Ach, was soll ich sünder machen" BWV 770.

Performed by Ewald Kooiman.


There are some beautiful works on this disc, especially the first 5 of them, such contemplative compositions, carefully dozed in volume, and played in a lucid way on this beautiful organ. To take for example the Pastorale, which elates me no end.  So far this journey through this box warranted the expenditure, for you get truly a unique insight into Bach's oeuvre and state of the art recordings of the Silbermann organs. Ewald Kooiman is an experienced musician who clearly knows where to go with his view. Again I noticed how much he plays in the Baroque style, and never or seldom oversteps this boundary if the piece does not ask for it. You may clearly hear this in the Fantasia in C, a good specimen in what you may expect. I think in all honesty that no Bach admirer can ignore this set.


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