J.S. Bach

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Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Jos van Veldhoven
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Choir of the Netherlands Bach Society
Soloists:Leo van Doeselaar, organ
Individual Works:CD I
Prelude in E-flat, BWV 552a
Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit
- Naumburg 1537 **
- Heinrich Schutz (1582-1672), BWV 420 ***
- BWV 669
Christe, aller Welt Trost, BWV 670
Kyrie, Gott Heiliger Geist, BWV 671
Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr
- Nikolaus Decius 1539 **
- Johann Hermann Schein (1586-1630) ***
- BWV 676
Dies sind die heilgen zehn Gebot
- 14th Century/Erfurt 1524 **
- Michael Praetorius (ca. 1572-1621) ***
- BWV 678
Wir glauben all an einen Gott
- 15th Century/Martin Luther 1524 **
- Johann Hermann Schein ***
- BWV 680

Vater unser im Himmelreich
- Leipzig 1539 **
- Samuel Scheidt (1587-1654) ***
- BWV 682
Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam
- 15th Century/Wittenberg 1524 **
- Johann Hermann Schein ***
- BWV 684
Aus Tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir
- Martin Luther 1524 **
- Hans Leo Hassler (1562-1612) ***
- BWV 686
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland
- 13th Century/Erfurt 1524 **
- Hans Leo Hassler ***
- BWV 688
Fugue in E-flat, BWV 552b

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Channel Classics
Catalog Number:CCS 13498
Year Released/Recorded:1999
Total Playing Time:109'12''
Comments:Bas Dekker said:

Actually, I was in Zupthen on the 25th op april 2003 and I attended the concert by the very same performers and on the very same organ.

Obviously, a recording cannot render the sheer sound of the church itself. Leo van Doeselaar has the capability of modulating the sound onto the sung versions of the works of Clavier-übung III. My other recording, on solo organ bij Wolfgang Rübsam (The complete organ works on Philips), is more a reading of the text itself, while van Doeselaar renders more of the spirit: the unity on "Wir glauben all an einen Gott", and the diversity "Dies sind die heiligen zehn Gebot", and the longer notes of lamentation on "Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir"...

The sole regrettable on this recording is that the versions for manual only by Bach (say, the BWV's between 672 -- 675 and the odd numbers between 676 and 688) are absent fron this recording. For sure, Doeselaar would have given a nice version of these works, especially in contrast with the 17th century versions on positice organ. The Bach reworkings on both manual and pedal are more difficult to follow in a first approach. A recording on 3 cd's instead of 2 would have made it an even more valuable document on the world of Bach.

It is particularly emotional to think the master himself would have sung the vocal versions himself in Arnstadt or Eisenach...

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Bas Dekker
Date First Submitted:05/14/2003