J.S. Bach

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Main Performer
or Conductor:
Helmut Winschermann
Soloists:German Bach Soloists (1-3, 5, 9-10, 12-13)
Frank Berger (trumpet, 4)
Hans-Dieter Weber (organ, 4)
Andrea Vigh (harp, 6)
Hannes Kastner (organ, 7)
Franz Just (lute, 8)
Ludwig Guttler (trumpet, 11)
Friedrich Kircheis (organ, 11)
Christian Altenburger (violin, 13)
Jeunesses Musicales Chorus (14)
Individual Works:(Recording does not list BWV numbers)

Overture No. 4 in D major - Rejouissance
Overture No. 3 in D major - Air
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major - 1. Allegro
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (organ & trumpet)
Overture No. 2 in B minor - Menuet; Badinerie
Prelude in C major (harp)
Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 (organ)
Prelude in C minor (lute)
Overture No. 1 in C major
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major - 2. Adagio
Kommst du nun (organ & trumpet)
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major - 2. Allegro
Violin Concerto in E major - 1. Adagio
St. Matthew Passion - Final Chorus

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:LaserLight Digital Stereo
Catalog Number:15 802
Total Playing Time:1:00:38
Comments:Josiah Armes said:

Sorry about the lengthy list of soloists. It is not my fault; I want to list them all so that those who recognize the names can evaluate the CD, and those who can't...well I guess that is what these comments are for.

The CD is very beautiful. I would highly recommend it. The soloists and orchestra play remarkably well. "Jesu Joy of Man's Desires" is exquisitely done for trumpet and organ. Just beautiful! The Toccata in D minor is not much above average; nicely done but there are much better, mostly because the "better" ones are specialized in the organ. It is too bad that the works for organ alone are given so little coverage.

The Prelude for lute is one of the prettiest pieces on the CD. The lute has a very nice sound. The Brandenburg Concerto in G is slightly above average. The Finale from St. Matthew's Passion is justly placed at the end of the Disc. It is the perfect conclusion to a recording of some of the greatest music of the greatest composer who ever lived. The Chorus sings beautifully. All-in-all, this is a CD to get if you can.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Josiah Armes
Date First Submitted:04/19/2001