J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Bach at St. Bavo's

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Michael Murray
Individual Works:Prelude and Fugue in e-flat major ("St. Anne"), BWV 552
Toccatta and Fugue in D minor ("Dorian"), BWV 538
Fantasia and Fugue in C minor ("9/8") BWV 547
Ach, Gott und Herr, BWV 714
O Mensch, Bewein' desin Sunde Gross, BWV 622
Christ Lag in Todesbanden, BWV 625, first version
Christ Lag in Todesbanden, BWV 625, second version
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Telarc
Catalog Number:CD-80286
Year Released/Recorded:1991
Comments:Michael Laird said:

Michael Murray playing the famous Christian Muller organ at the Great Church of St. Bavo, Haarlem, the Netherlands.

J. Armes said:

I obtained this CD because I had heard of Michael Murray's good reputation. However, I was disappointed because the playing is MUCH too slow. I can understand that in light of the acoustics it must be slowed down but I have heard these pieces played faster in more gigantic acoustics. The playing itself, aside from the very drawn out tempos, is okay; there is nothing spectacular and Murray does not bring out the best of the organ. There is much better stuff out there.

Matthew W. Noonan said:

I don't know what has happened to Michael Murray, but this CD was a huge disappointment. I have followed Murray since he was on the Advent label, but when I obtained this CD I was terribly disappointed. While the recording itself is poor, and slow, his playing was incredibly uninspiring! Murray's early recordings had vigor and he clearly took chances when he played. They sound exciting fresh, while this CD is boring. It was a letdown because you have just a fantastic organ with a great performer. I cannot recommend this recording.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Michael Laird
  • J. Armes
  • Matthew W. Noonan
Date First Submitted:05/20/1995