J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Works for Organ, Volume V

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Kevin Bowyer
Individual Works:Concerto in A minor (after Vivaldi) BWV 593
Prelude and fugue in D minor BWV 539
Herr Gott, dich loben wir  (Te Deum) BWV 725
Fugue in G BWV 576
Aria in F (after François Couperin) BWV 587
Christ lag in Todesbanden  BWV 718
Jesus, meine Zuversicht  BWV 728
Christ ist erstanden  BWV 746
Toccata and fugue in F BWV 540
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Nimbus
Catalog Number:NI 5400
Year Released/Recorded:1993
Total Playing Time:57'17"
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 V - This volume is one of the truly outstanding entries in the series and I have returned to it frequently. It displays the wonderful variety in Bach's organ works and contains much beautiful playing. The first two movements of the A minor concerto come quickly to mind: these are performed most sensitively but also contain effective contrasts in registration that highlight the concerto structure. The recording captures the rush of air through the pipes, affording a magical quality of "breath" similar to that in the 3rd volume in this series. BWV 725 is quite powerful, and the Fugue in G (BWV 576) flies along at rapid tempo. Other notable entries include the Aria in F (BWV 587), and Christ ist erstanden  BWV 746 which features reed stops. The Toccata and fugue in F BWV 540 is spectacular and engaging. Full recommendation.

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