J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Organ Works

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Lionel Rogg
Individual Works:CD #1 - Early Preludes & Fugues; Fugues
Prelude & Fugue in D major, BWV 532
Prelude & Fugue in G major, BWV 550
Prelude & Fugue in E minor, BWV 533 "Cathedral"
Prelude & Fugue in C major, BWV 531
Prelude & Fugue in G minor, BWV 535 "Great"
Prelude & Fugue in C minor, BWV 549 "Lesser"
Prelude & Fugue in F minor, BWV 534
Prelude & Fugue in D minor, BWV 539
Fugue in G major, BWV 577 "Gigue"
Fugue in C minor, BWV 575
Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 "Little"
Fugue in B minor, BWV 579 on a theme by Corelli
Total playing time - 74:43

CD #2 - Toccatas & Fugues
Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Toccata & Fugue in E major, BWV 566
Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue in C major, BWV 564
Toccata & Fugue in F major, BWV 540
Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV 538 "Dorian"
Total playing time - 60:37

CD #3 - Partitas; Pastorale; Canzone; Allabreve
Partita in C minor "O Gott, du frommer Gott" (BWV 767)
Partita in F minor "Christ, der du bist der helle Tag" (BWV 768)
Partita in G minor "Sei gegrusset, Jesu gutig (BWV 769)
Pastorale, BWV 590
Canzone in D minor, BWV 588
Allabreve in D major, BWV 586
Total playing time - 64:30

CD #4 - Orgelbuchlein (I)
Orgelbuchlein Chorales 1-28: BWV 599- BWV 626
Total playing time - 52:09

CD #5 - Orgelbuchlein (II); Misc. Chorales
Orgelbuchlein Chorales 29-45: BWV 627 - BWV 643
Miscellaneous Chorales - BWV 720, BWV 734, BWV 653b, BWV 737, BWV 736, BWV 727
Total playing time - 47:52

CD #6 - Passacaglia; Fantasies; Fugettes
Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
Fantasie & Fugue in G minor, BWV 542
Fantasie & Fugue in C minor, BWV 537
Fantasie in G major, BWV 572
Fantasie in C minor, BWV 562
Fuguettes - BWV 696 - BWV 699, BWV 701, BWV 703, BWV 704
Fugue on the Magnificat
Total playing time - 62:40

CD #7 - Leipzig Chorales (I)
Leipzig Chorales 1-12, BWV 651 - BWV 662
Total playing time - 59:58

CD #8 - Leipzig Chorales (II); Misc. Chorales
Leipzig Chorales 13-18, BWV 663 - BWV 668
Chorales BWV 709 - BWV 714, BWV 706, BWV 731, BWV 738, BWV 718, BWV 695, BWV 717, BWV 740
Total playing time 62:59

CD #9 - Trio Sonatas; Trios
The Six Trio Sonatas BWV 525 - BWV 530
Trio in D minor, BWV 583
Total playing time - 75'03"

CD #10 - Clavierubung III (Catechism Preludes)
St. Anne Prelude in Eb major, BWV 552a
Chorals BWV 669 - BWV 685

CD #11 - Clavierubung III; Schubler Chorales; Canonic Var.
Chorales BWV 686 - BWV 689
St. Anne Fugue in Eb major, BWV 552b
"Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" BWV 645
"Wo soll ich fliehen hin" BWV 646
"Wer nur den lieben Gott lasst walten" BWV 647
"Meine Seele erhebt den Herrn" BWV 648
"Ach leib bei uns" BWV 649
"Kommst du nun, Jesu, von Himmel herunter" BWV 650
Canonic variations on "Von himmel hoch" BWV 769
54'18" playing time

CD #12 - The Later Preludes & Fugues
Prelude & Fugue in A minor, BWV 543
Prelude & Fugue in E minor, BWV 548 "Wedge"
Prelude & Fugue in C major, BWV 547
Prelude & Fugue in G major, BWV 541 "Greater"
Prelude & Fugue in C minor, BWV 546 "Great"
Prelude & Fugue in C major, BWV 545
Prelude & Fugue in B minor, BWV 544
Prelude & Fugue in A major, BWV 536
Total playing time - 77:18

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Harmonia Mundi
Catalog Number:HMX 290772.83
Year Released/Recorded:1992
Total Playing Time:12:33:00
Comments:JPA said:

This is Lionel Rogg's 12-CD set containing Bach's organ works. The playing is very good and the registration is fairly good as well. The organ is a moderately good organ. Highly recommended!

J Armes said:

I have a very high opinion of this set. The organ, a lovely Silbermann in Arlesheim, Switzerland, of 3 manuals + pedal and over 50 ranks; not very reedy, but with a strong pedal and the remarkable "Silvery tone" of Silbermann's organs which made them so famous. The Preludes & Fugues + Fugues on CD 1 on are very well done; the Prelude & Fugue in E minor "Cathedral" is too fast and too free and exaggerated, but BWV 549 is lovely, and Rogg puts a little twist on the Fugue: playing the first part on a lonely Cromorne stop, then building to full organ towards the end. The other pieces are also very beautiful and Rogg's playing is superb.

The Toccatas and Fugues are one of the highlights of this set. BWV 565 is nothing spectacular, not being suited for this type of organ, but the E major is absolutely wonderful and is comparable to if not better than, Kevin Bowyer's rendition. The Dorian is done remarkably well and so is the F major.

The Canzone, ALlabreve, and Pastorale, are three of my favorites in the set. The Allabreve is a fast-paced lesson in counterpoint.

The Trio Sonatas are extremely beautiful and are just suited for the organ, with it's 8 flutes, solo reeds, and 2' principals lending it a beautifully hollow sound. THey are also very relaxing, my favorite being the Fifth as it is the longest.

The Prelude & Fugue in E-flat major are each done seperately at the beginning and end of the Clavier=Ubung III. The playing is remarkable, but the organ is not here.

The Leipzig Chorales are somewhat dull considering the organ is not built for especially magnificent sounds like those required in the first of the set.

The Eight Later Preludes & FUgues are absolutely wonderfully done. The Prelude and Fugue in A minor is played at just the right tempo for the acoustics and settings. I like Peter Hurfor'ds rendition just a bit better in his "Great Organ Works of Bach (2 CDs)". The "Wedge" is incredibly unique and the organ with its bright but not shrill mixtures lends a certain quality to the Prelude. The C major is wonderful and so is the exhilarating G major. The bold and dramatic C minor shows off the organ in all its grandeur, and the B minor is just suited for the organ. The tender A major is lovely and sounds great.

Of particular interest is "In dir est Freude" S 615 in the Orgelbuchlein. The pedal, while somewhat inaudible, still adds that happiness to the piece.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • JPA
  • J Armes
Date First Submitted:04/25/1999