J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Works for Organ, Volume IV

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Kevin Bowyer
Individual Works:Toccata in G minor BWV 915
Fugue in B minor on a theme by Tomaso Albinoni BWV 951
Fugue in C minor BWV 575
Eight 'Short' Preludes and Fugues:
BWV 553 in C
BMV 554 in D minor
BMV 555 in E minor
BMV 556 in F
BMV 557 in G
BMV 558 in G minor
BMV 559 in A minor
BMV 560 in B flat
Fantasia and Imitatio in B minor BWV 563
Fugue in A on a theme by Albinoni BWV 950
Toccata in G BWV 916
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Nimbus
Catalog Number:NI 5377
Year Released/Recorded:1992
Total Playing Time:74'10"
Comments:Todd M. Billeci said:

The Marcussen Organ at Sct. Hans Kirke, Odense, Denmark

Overview - Bowyer's cycle, in progress since 1991, features unmannered virtuosity, an organ of striking tone quality and an exceptionally realistic modern recording. Each disc contains a variety of works in the form of a recital, sustaining interest throughout. Bowyer's intriguing registrations distinguish the set.

Volume IV - This disc consists almost entirely of preludes and fugues flanked by the toccatas which open and close the recital. This lends a rather subdued, academic tone to this volume. The playing is brilliant, particularly in the toccatas, and the preludes from BWV 575 & 560. Of special interest is the registration employed in the G major prelude (BWV 557) from the Eight 'Short' Preludes & Fugues: it sounds like a giant synthesizer with a flanger.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Todd M. Billeci
Date First Submitted:10/24/1998