J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Orgelwerke (5 CD set)

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Karl Richter
Soloists:Karl Richter, organ
Individual Works:Prelude and Fugue D-major BWV 532
Toccata and Fugue d-minor BWV 538
Toccata and Fugue F-major BWV 540
Fantasie and Fugue g-minor BWV 542
Prelude and Fugue a-minor BWV 543
Prelude and Fugue b-minor BWV 544
Prelude and Fugue c-minor BWV 546
Prelude and Fugue E flat-major BWV 552
Toccata and Fugue d-minor BWV 565
Passacaglia and Fugue c-minor BWV 582
Canzona d-minor BWV 588
Triosonate Nr. 1 E flat-major BWV 525
Triosonate Nr. 2 c-minor BWV 526
Triosonate Nr. 5 C-major BWV 529
Orgelkonzert Nr. 1 G-major BWV 592
Orgelkonzert Nr. 2 a-minor BWV 593
Orgelkonzert Nr. 3 C-major BWV 594
Orgelkonzert Nr. 4 C-major BWV 595
Orgelkonzert Nr. 5 d-minor BWV 596
Orgelkonzert Nr. 6 E flat-major BWV 597
O Gott, du frommer Gott BWV 767
Sei gegrüset, Jesu gütig BWV 768
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 645
Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter BWV 650
Schmücke dich, o liebe seele BWV 654
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Archiv (Japan)
Catalog Number:POCA3085
Year Released/Recorded:1964, 1967, 1969, 1974, 1980
Comments:Michael Siegel said:

3 organs used: Silbermann Organ of Freiberg Cathedral (BWV 538, 582, 768); Silbermann Organ Arlesheim (BWV 592-597); Organ of Jaegersborg Church near Copenhagen (all other works). These are only available in Japan, as they are at the moment out-of-print in Europe.

Karl Richter shows his complete mastery of different organs in different churches with different accoustics in these recordings. With the small Jaegersborg organ, KR demonstrates his lightning quick virtuosity. Using the Silbermann organs, he shows off his creativity with an amazing array of registration colors (Passacaglia in particular, AMAZING!). KR used to always improvise his choices for organ stops and registration ON THE SPOT during concerts! By hearing different recordings of the same piece made by KR, you can see that this was also true during recordings. Something else which is commonly overlooked is the way KR phrases each line, a quality which in my opinion made him the most poetic Bach soloist.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Michael Siegel
Date First Submitted:11/13/2001