J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Organ Master Series Volume 4

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Gillian Weir
Individual Works:Fantasia Super Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, BWV 651
Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, BWV 652
An Wasserfl■ssen Babylon, BWV 653
Schm■ke Dich, O Liebe Seele, BWV 654
Trio Super Herr Jesus Christ, Dich Zu Uns Wend', BWV 655
O Lamm Gottes, Unsch■ldig, BWV 656
Nun Danket Alle Gott, BWV 657
Von Gott Will Ich Nicht Lassen, BWV 658
Nun Komm, Der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
Trio Super Nun Komm, Der Heiden Heiland, BWV 660
Nun Komm, Der Heiden Heiland, BWV 661
Allein Gott In Der H■h Sei Ehr, BWV 662
Allein Gott In Der H■h Sei Ehr, BWV 663
Trio Super Allein Gott In Der H■h Sei Ehr, BWV 664
Jesus Christus Unser Heiland, BWV 665
Jesus Christus Unser Heiland, BWV 666
Komm, Gott, Sch■pfer, Heiliger Geist, BWV 667
Vor Deinen Thron Tret Ich Hiermit, BWV 668
Fantasia In G Major, BWV 572
Trio Sonata No IV In E Minor: Adagio/Vivace, Andante, Un Poco Allegro, BWV 528
Prelude And Fugue In B Minor, BWV 544
Toccata And Fugue In F Major, BWV 540
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Priory
Catalog Number:800
Year Released/Recorded:2003
Total Playing Time:134:42
Comments:Steve Thomas said:

This fine set is a double celebration in offering a first recording of the 18 Chorale Preludes, which Bach composed in the early 1740s, using the magnificent new organ installed in the Thomaskirche for the Millennium. Bach's own organ no longer exists - and in any case Bach was not fond of it: he preferred the organ in the Paulinerkirche, and it is appropriate that the case of the new instrument is based on that instrument, and the facade shows Bach's insignia, including his initials. The new Gerald Woehl organ has 61 stops and a magnificent range of colour which Gillian Weir exploits to the full (many of her registrations are captivating; others show the organ's dramatic power), and she is very gentle in the final sublime chorale, Vol deinem Thron tret ich hiermet, the first part of which Bach supposedly dictated from his deathbed. She then goes on to play a selection of miscellaneous works to display the organ's full range, from the brilliant filigree of the Arnstadt Fantasia in C minor and the charm of the Trio Sonata to the full power of BWV 540 and 544. The recording is first class, completely worthy of the occasion, and the documentation excellent.■
Penguin Guide to CDs & DVDs, 2005/6 Edition

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Steve Thomas
Date First Submitted:02/25/2007