Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bach, J.S. The Complete Organ Works. (Aeolus Edition) Disc 7. TOP RECOMMENDATION

From my collection.
Bought in November 2014.
First listen: 24-12-2014.
Second listen: 16-3-2017.
Label: Aeolus.
CD 7 from 19.
Recording dates: April 2008.
Recording venue: Protestant Church, Bouxwiller, France.
Recording engineer: Christoph Martin Frommen.
Instrument: Johann-Andreas Silbermann organ, 1778.
Running time: 76:54.
Classical relevance to me: Essential recordings.

Works performed:


Praeludium BWV 545.

Largo, BWV 529.
Fuge, BWV 454.

Leipziger Chorale

BWV 651-661.

Performed by:

Ewald Kooiman. (1938-2009)

To know how essential these recordings are just sample the Largo, BWV 529 and the Fuga BWV 545, both will put your finger on the trigger to order. I will not often say this, but this set is in all respects essential to one's understanding of Bach's Organ works. It gives you a unique insight into Ewald Kooiman's art and genius, lets you hear the Silbermann organs in all glory, and brings you much closer to Bach as almost any other set. That is not to say that there are no other worthy sets, no, not at all, but this one is really special. One piece of the Leipziger chorale, "Komm, heiliger Geist, BWV 651, is so gloriously done, that I get goosebumps just listening to it.

And as a bonus this is a State of the Art recording, I never heard a better sound from organs as this one, puts you right in the middle of the instrument.



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