J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Organ Works, Vol. 4

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Ton Koopman
Soloists:Dreifaltigkeitsorgel der Basilika Ottobeuren
Individual Works:Toccata et fuga in F BWV 540
Toccata con fuga in d BWV 565
Toccata in C BWV 564
Toccata et fuga in d ("dorian") BWV 538
Praeludium et fuga in E BWV 566
Praeludium et fuga in D BWV 532
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Teldec
Catalog Number:4509-98443-2
Year Released/Recorded:1996
Total Playing Time:70'12"
Related Web Site:http://www.tonkoopman.nl
Comments:This admirable recording is one of a series performed on period organs. The clunks and clacks and occasional wheezes are either charming or irritating depending on one's point of view (or perhaps mental state).

I like the version of the Passacaglia and Fugue included here. It is not as contemplative as some of the other works included, but sounds really cool on surround sound with Koopman's registration, and besides, I'm a sucker for this piece.

I started to say things about the other tracks but it started to sound like "the best recording ever made." . . .

The performances were recorded on the Trinity Organ at the Basilica at Ottobeuren constructed in 1766 and restored in 1914.

Dennis Roodbol said:

Played on the Arp Schnitger Organ, built in 1688-1693, in the St. Jacobi Kirche in Hamburg. Part of the series "Das alte werk". The CD is part 4 of 4 (now recorded), of Bach-CD's played by Ton Koopman

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Jim Hobbs
  • Dennis Roodbol
Date First Submitted:09/04/1996