Friday, February 3, 2017

Bach, J.S. The Complete Organ Works. (The Brilliant Collection, Stefano Molardi) CD 5.

New in my collection.
Added: January 2017.
First listen: 3-2-2017.
Label: Brilliant.
CD 5 from 15.
Recording dates: August 2013.
Recording venue: Hofkirche, Dresden, Germany.
Recording engineer: Simone Bellucci.
Running time: 65:10.
Classical relevance: None.

Works performed:
Clavierubung-Part III.

Performed by:
Stefano Molardi.

Instrument:
Gottfried Silbermann organ, (1755)
Equal temperament (original temperament unknown)
Pitch: A=c. 415 Hz.

A beautiful organ in a church that is notorious for its acoustics, and the impossibility to make good recordings, due to a echo of between 5 and 8 seconds reverb time. Weinberger when recording in this church needed a metronome to keep on track, Molardi abstains from that device, probably due to his being unknown with this echo. Whatever it might be, this is until now the worse recording I heard so far in this box. Molardi cannot make bread of the Clavierubung. Too much volume, little nuance, rough playing, almost no expression, safe here and there, never deeper in meaning as the surface. True enough the acoustics makes the music swimming definitively, creating a wall of sound and idiotic dynamics, and thus the balance gets compromised. 
That begs the question why Molardi recorded Bach.



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