J.S. Bach

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Works for Organ, Volume VIII: Wachet auf!

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Kevin Bowyer
Individual Works:Fugue in C minor on a theme by Giovanni Legrenzi BWV 574
Concerto in F (after Antonio Vivaldi) BWV 978
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier  BWV 731
Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend  BWV 709
Prelude and fugue in B minor BWV 544
Gott ist mein Heil, mein Hilf und Trost  BWV 1106
Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr  BWV 1115
Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan  BWV 1116
Trio Sonata in G BWV 1039 / 1027a
Prelude and fugue in C BWV 547
Prelude and fugue in C BWV 531
An Wasserflüssen Babylon  BWV 653b
Wir glauben all' an einen Gott  BWV 765
Wir glauben all' an einen Gott  BWV 1098
Fantasia and fugue in C minor BWV 537

Six Chorales "von verschiedener Art" ('Schübler' Chorales):
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme  BWV 645
Wo soll ich fliechen hin  BWV 646
Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten  BWV 647
Meine Seele erhebt den Herren  BWV 648
Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ  BWV 649
Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter  BWV 650
Prelude and fugue in A minor BWV 895
Toccata and fugue in D minor ('Dorian') BWV 538

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Nimbus
Catalog Number:NI 5500/1
Year Released/Recorded:1994
Total Playing Time:1 hr 54 min
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 VIII - This two-CD volume is another containing a refreshing variety of music and some compelling registrations. On the first disc, the 'Legrenzi' fugue and Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr  BWV 1115 were quite memorable, with numerous interesting changes of registration in BWV 1115. The prelude from BWV 547 is taken at rapid tempo. I found CD 2 to contain many standout performances and frequently return to it. It contains many well-played & staid minor-key works, as well as a fine rendition of the 'Schübler' chorales (although I remain very much a fan of Alain's 'Schübler recording). The Prelude & fugue in C BWV 531 is exciting. There are also many tender chorale-preludes. Wo soll ich fliechen hin  BWV 646 is another entry using reed stops, affording some unusual sounds & reminding us that the organ is an antique synthesizer with lungs. The prelude of Bowyer's 'Dorian' Prelude and Fugue just rocks.

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