J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Complete Organ Works

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Marie-Claire Alain
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Christian Muller Organ, St. Bavokerk, Haarlem & Jakobijnerkerk, Leewarden, Netherlands
Individual Works:http://home.swipnet.se/wotan/bach_alain.html
There is a complete list of all works.
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Erato
Catalog Number:4509-96745-2
Year Released/Recorded:1987-1994
Comments:Antonio Bruccheri and Pierpaolo Penco said:

An example of the "new" Marie-Claire Alain style: for Phylological (and, most of all, non-philological) listeners. Hear it!!!

Scott Johnson said:

Marie-Claire Alain has recently re-recorded the complete organ works by J.S. Bach. They are sold in a set of 14 discs, and they are very well worth
the investment. Her interpretation of the organ music of J.S. Bach is masterful, and sounds historically accurate. In this set she has choosen historic organs throughout northern Europe, to present an accurate interpretation of the organ music of the great master. The two Christian Muller organs used in this recording are fabulous, words can hardly describe what you'll here. The great organ in St. Bavokerk, Haarlem, The Netherlands, is used for BWV 565, and 540, a must to hear, it will make the hair on your neck stand on end; the recording quality is execellent. The remainder of the disc is on the other Christian Muller organ, located in the Jakobijnerkerk, Leeuwaren, The Netherlands. This organ provides great color and sound, and should not be overlooked in comparison to it's bigger brother in St. Bavokerk, Haarlem. An excellent collection, and accurate interpretation of the organ music of J.S. Bach, by Marie-Claire Alain. Give yourself plenty of time to listen, there are 14 fabulous discs to this set.

Arne Löfgren said:

This is an excellent recording. Alain uses various organs, but they all have brilliant and explosive sound, perfect for Bach.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Antonio Bruccheri and Pierpaolo Penco
  • Scott Johnson
  • Arne Löfgren
Date First Submitted:09/08/1995