J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Organ Masterpieces

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Marie-Claire Alain
Individual Works:Trio sonata in e flat major, BWV 525
Trio sonata in d minor, BWV 527
Tocatta and fugue in f major, BWV 540
Fantasy and fugue in g minor (great), BWV 542
Prelude and fugue in a minor (great), BWV 543
Prelude and fugue in d major, BWV 532
Tocatta and fugue in d minor, BWV 565
Tocatta and fugue in d minor (Dorian mode), BWV 538
Prelude in e flat major, BWV 552
Fantasy and fugue in a minor, BWV 561
Chorale "Jesu bleibet mine freude" (Cantata BWV 147), BWV 147
Chorale "Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ", BWV 639
Chorale "Erbarm Dich mein, O Herre Gott", BWV 721
Canzone in d minor, BWV 588
Organ Concerto (after Vivaldi's Op 3/8) in a minor, BWV 593
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Erato Duo Bonsai
Catalog Number:4509-91931-2
Year Released/Recorded:1983; 1984; 1986
Total Playing Time:2 hours 22 minutes
Comments:Eugene Herron said:

You say that you don't have $200.00 US for the Marie-Claire Alain ouevre? For a pittance you can buy some of her best, and some of Bach's best. From the Italianate Trio-sonatas to the powerful Fantasy and Fugue in G minor to the charming and parochial Tocatta and Fugue (Dorian) in D minor to the almost ubiquitous Tocatta and Fugue in D minor to someone sneaking a Vivaldi work onto this page (via Bach himself and I know it's not the only one either), it's all here. Erato's Bonsai line features no comprehensive liner notes and a tricky to use jewel case (so buy some cases for the diskettes), but the music and the effort is still there. I waited two years for this disk, but it was worth the wait.

The Fantasy and Fugue in g minor was the best version I've ever heard. I preferred Ton Koopman's version of the Canzone, but on the whole this was a much awaited work for me.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Eugene Herron
Date First Submitted:01/13/1998