J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Organ Works, Vol. 1

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Ton Koopman
Individual Works:Fantasy and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542
Fugue in G, BWV 578
Canzone in D, BWV 588
Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 544
Prelude and Fugue in A minor (Great), BWV 543
Fantasy in C, BWV 562
Prelude and Fugue in C, BWV 531
Fantasy (piece d'orgue) in G, BWV 572
Fantasy in C, BWV 570
Passacaglia in C, BWV 582
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Teldec
Catalog Number:4509-94458-2
Year Released/Recorded:1994
Total Playing Time:74 min 13 sec
Related Web Site:http://www.tonkoopman.nl
Comments:Eugene Herron said:

Ton Koopman has taken some flak in the news groups for his ornamentation, which is kind of elaborate. However I have felt that he's onto something when he plays Bach his way. His playing sounds like he is actually living the work, rather than trying to play it as it "should" be played.

The quality of the recording was first rate. I especially like the slower pieces, such as the Canzone, which I consider better than Marie Claire Alain's version. I had bought the CD for the Prelude and Fugue in A minor, which was done very well. In addition, there is an included booklet in English, French, German and Dutch. This booklet features musical discussion, a small essay by Ton Koopman on an "authentic" interpretation of Bach and some information on the organ. The organ is the Rudolf Garrels organ in Grote Klerk, Maassluis.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Eugene Herron
Date First Submitted:01/01/1998