J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Toccata in D Minor/Organ Works

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Daniel Chorzempa
Individual Works:Toccata and Fugue in d minor, BWV 565
Passacaglia and Fugue in c minor, BWV 582
Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532
Prelude and Fugue in a minor, BWV 543
Prelude and Fugue in E-Flat Major, BWV 552
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Philips
Catalog Number:422 965-2
Year Released/Recorded:1971, 1982
Total Playing Time:67:45
Comments:Thomas Hubeart said:

Most of this album is passable, but the account of BWV 552 can only be accounted an extreme musical misjudgment on Chorzempa's part. The beginning of the fugue is especially bizarre, seeming to commence at half speed. (The whole of BWV 552 clocks in at 23:19, which should give some indication of the strangeness of the interpretation!) This very odd performance makes this disk something less than a recommended recording.

Thomas Jerde said:
This is an awesome recording! Chorzempa plays these excellent selections with wonderful phrasing and judgement in style and rubato. This is my favorite recording of the Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, which is also my favorite piece for organ.

dan w said:

I have to agree with the first reviewer that the St. Anne P+F is pretty awful. The works recorded in 1971 (BWV 565, 543, 582, 532) are more involving and less distorted, although I have serious reservations about the cadenza at the end of the Passacaglia & Fugue. I believe the 1982 recording (BWV 552) was originally issued with the Prelude & Fugue in C major, BWV 545, with the largo (second movement) from the 5th trio sonata, BWV 529. Supposedly Bach had toyed with the idea of presenting it like this, but I don't think Chorzempa makes a good case for this. In general I'm not so sure he's convinced of his own ideas.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Thomas Hubeart
  • Thomas Jerde
  • dan w
Date First Submitted:12/02/1996