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Various Composers: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 & other works
Bach, J.S.: Favourite Organ Works (BWV 538, 542, 545, 565, 572, 582, 590)
Bach, J.S.: Little Preludes, Preludes and Fugues, Well-tempered Clavier & French Suites alternative versions, Prelude BWV 999
Bach, J.S.: Partitas No. 1 BWV 825; No. 5, BWV 829; No. 6, BWV 830
Bach, J.S.: Partitas No. 2 BWV 826; No. 3, BWV 827; No. 4, BWV 828
Le Tombeau de Monsieur Blancrocher. Music by J.S. Bach, J. Froberger, R. De Visee
Bach, J.S.: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006 [2-album set]
Bach, J.S.: The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 [2-album set]
Bach, J.S.: The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Liszt, F.: Ad nos ad salutarem undam; J. Reubke: Sonata on the 94th Psalm

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Bach, J.S.: Das Orgel-Büchlein, BWV 599-644

Simone Gheller

Album(s): 1

Album catalog: OC17B
EAN/UPC: 0/634065037000
Original audio available @ 44.1 kHz * 24 bits

 

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Bach, J.S.: Das Orgel-Büchlein, BWV 599-644 [48]

Description:

The Orgelbüchlein (means "Little Organ Book"), BWV 599-644, is a collection of 46 chorale preludes for organ composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. All but three were written during the period 1708–1717 while Bach was court organist at the ducal court in Weimar. Three of them, along with a short two-bar fragment, were added in 1726 or later, after Bach's appointment as cantor at the Thomasschule in Leipzig.
The collection was originally planned as a set of 164 chorale preludes spanning the whole liturgical year. The chorale preludes form the first of Bach's masterpieces for organ with a mature compositional style in marked contrast to his previous compositions for the instrument. Although each of them takes a known Lutheran chorale and adds a motivic accompaniment, Bach explored a wide diversity of forms in the Orgelbüchlein. Many of the chorale preludes are short and in four parts, requiring only a single keyboard and pedal, with an unadorned cantus firmus. Others involve two keyboards and pedal: these include several canons, four ornamental four-part preludes, with elaborately decorated chorale lines, and a single chorale prelude in trio sonata form. The Orgelbüchlein is at the same time a collection of organ music for church services, a treatise on composition, a religious statement and a pedagogical manual." (from Wikipedia)
Simone Gheller gives a Bachian drafting with no unnecessary romanticism, and highlights the ecclesiastical character of the repertoire.
The recording, an old one, was made using classic stereo AKG C 414 B-ULS. We present here a re-edition @ 24 bits.
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Recorded @ Chiesa di Cusinati di Rosà, Vicenza, 2004
Sound engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
Equipment used: AKG C 414 BULS
Instrument(s) used: Mascioni organ
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