J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Organ Works, Vol. 2 - Leipzig Mastery

Main Performer
or Conductor:
George Ritchie
Individual Works:18 'Leipzig' Chorale Preludes (Chorale Preludes III):
Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott BWV 651
Komm, Heiliger Geist BWV 652
An Waserfluessen Babylon BWV 653
Schmuecke dich, o liebe Seele BWV 654
Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend BWV 655
O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig BWV 656
Nun danket alle Gott BWV 657
Von Gott will ich nicht lassen BWV 658
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 659
Trio: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 660
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 661
Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr' BWV 662
Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr' BWV 663
Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr' BWV 664
Jesu Christus unser Heiland BWV 665
Jesus Christus unser Heiland BWV 666
Komm, Gott Scoepfer, heiliger Geist BWV 667
Vor deinen Thron tret' ich BWV 668

Canonic Variations on "Vom Himmel Hoch" BWV 769a
Trio Sonata No. 4 in E minor BWV 528
Prelude & Fugue in B minor BWV 544
Trio Sonata No. 5 in C major BWV 529
Prelude & Fugue in E minor, "The Wedge" BWV 548

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Raven
Catalog Number:OAR-300
Year Released/Recorded:1995
Total Playing Time:2cd's: 2' 34"
Comments:Mark Dirksen said:

Instruments: Taylor & Boody organ, Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA, USA. Taylor & Boody organ, Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, IN, USA
Two of the most important "historical" instruments in the country, well recorded. The playing matches the quality of the instruments, particularly on the free pieces. Of particular interest is the use of 16' tone in the pedal for the Trio Sonatas: the Indianapolis instrument has a 16'Subbass that speaks astonishingly quickly and sounds exactly like a pizzicato string bass. Highly recommended, for both performances and instruments.

Jan Hanford said;

An outstanding performance full of subtlety and intelligence. This is Bach in his most pure form; listening to this music is a revelation. The price of 2 cd's for the price of one is always appealing. The liner notes are wonderfully informative and include the registration listings for the organs used.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Mark Dirksen
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:05/25/1998