J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Organ Works, Vol. 2

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Ton Koopman
Soloists:The Amsterdam Baroque Choir
Individual Works:"Schübler" and "Leipziger" prelude-chorales played
on the organ and the corresponding chorales sung
"a cappella"
Record Label:Teldec
Catalog Number:4509-91930-2
Year Released/Recorded:1995
Total Playing Time:145'
Related Web Site:http://www.tonkoopman.nl
Comments:PP: The first version of alternate organ & choir chorales. Ton Koopman plays very brightly, with wide usage of "staccato" and ornamentations; the choir sings with precision and purity.
BS: An exemplary instrument dating from Bach's day, recorded about as well as I imagine possible with the current medium. His interpretations are, to my ears, totally convincing--his playing is simply infectious; I have many versions of these pieces, but I can't get these to leave me alone! But the single biggest item of note is the singing of the actual German Lutheran hymn before and / or after the prelude. The choir is unbelievable, and one has a much better impression of Bach's genius for knowing what tune he's preludizing. I give it a 10!
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Pierpaolo Penco
  • Bil Stachour
Date First Submitted:02/16/1996