J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Bach: The Four Great Toccatas and Fugues

Main Performer
or Conductor:
E. Power Biggs
Individual Works:BWV 565: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
BWV 540: Toccata and Fugue in F Major
BWV 538: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor "Dorian"
BWV 564: Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major
Chorale Prelude BWV 680
Chorale Prelude BWV 753
Fantasy BWV 572
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:SONY/Columbia
Catalog Number:MK 42643
Year Released/Recorded:1974
Total Playing Time:69.47
Comments:Joel Mercer said:

The four great cathedral organs at the Munster of Freiburg in South Germany were played simultaneously. Since it was recorded Quadraphonically, listeners with four speakers can actually hear each of the four organs in the individual speakers

Robert Hubbard said:

This is a stunning recording of the antiphonal organs in Freiburg but not the best of E. Power Biggs. Biggs here is showing a deterioration of his skills even though his spirited playing remains. Look instead for recordings before the '70s to hear his best. The chorale preludes and fantasia were recorded on the Flentrop organ at Harvard which is an excellent organ for Bach. Perhaps Sony will re-release the other early Bach recordings he did for Columbia in the '50s and '60s on the Flentrop and organs around the world. Watch especially for "Art of the Organ" which is a phenomenal discussion (with examples) of organ building and styles.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Joel Mercer
  • Robert Hubbard
Date First Submitted:10/09/1996