The organ is based on what is thought to be a specification favoured by Bach - a stop, four-manual organ he witnessed being installed in Georgenkirche in Eisenach when he was a boy the organ being designed by his uncle Johann Christoph Bach. It includes many of his favourite colours, such as the Violdagamba 8' and Fagot 16', and two 32's. The programme presents the chorales in order, thus the first CD is taken up with Nos and on the second, followed by the bigger works in the order they appear above, culminating in a terrifylingly splendid performance of the F major Toccata and Fugue.
Dame Gillian Weir, DBE - Organ Master Series Volume 4
At the outset I have to say the the whole CD merits a 'must-have' label. The playing is unerringly musical and never less than interesting and enjoyable.
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Each voice remains completely independent; carefully phrased yet not at all precious, mannered or over-decorated, but perfectly transparent allowing this music all the air it needs to do what it does best - communicate with the soul. Registrations are clear, incisive and perfectly balanced, full of colour and show off the wonderful voicing of the instrument.
The downside of this approach is reflected in a little less of the pedal fundamental in the balance and some occasional loss of detail, particularly apparent on the opening Fantasia super Komm heiliger Geist , BWV The notes, written by the organist herself, eschew the usual dry essay, but instead the introductory note is more thoughtful, and the notes on the music give the text and translation of the first verse and musical description - the whole release is clearly a labour of love to Dr Weir.
It would be churlish to describe the performances in detail, neither would space permit, but to draw attention to a couple: the Trio Sonata is sublime; the chromaticism of BWV is quite colossal with these choruses seeming to fill every iota of space in the building; the sparking Trio BWV; the B minor Fugue which unfolds with unrelenting pace and sense of inevitability This pair of CDs is not to dip into, but rather to play and enjoy, or play and study, or just play and wonder!
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