Art Direction – Charles Back. Executive-Producer, Engineer – Ken Kreisel. Organ – Samuel John Swartz. Producer, Liner Notes – Bernard Soll.
Album · 1989 · 9 Songs. Organ Symphony No. 5 in F minor, Op. 42, No. 1: I. Allegro vivace - Piu lento. By Charles-Marie Widor. 9. Prelude and Fugue on the name B-a-C-H, S260/R381.
The recital includes seven varied Bach organ works. The program opens with perhaps the most famous work of organ music by any composer, the Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Even those who know little about the organ or about Bach love this music. Suzuki plays this large work in a lyrical, flowing way. The performance is dramatic, but its appeal lies more in its flow and musicality than in sheer volume of sound. The other grand work on this CD is the final track, the Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 548. This is a dramatic, almost orchestral large-scale work, with the fugue the longest Bach ever.
The music that Samuel John Swartz chose for this program, performed on the Skinner organ of the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, CA, was written during a period that coincided with the height of Skinner's popularity and takes advantage of the capabilities of his instruments. The precise names of the different stops used may be lost on the average listener, but the sheer variety of sounds in these pieces will not be.
Bach made revisions on three subsequent occasions (more on that below). Parts of the Saint John Passion were introduced in America by the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston in the 1870s; the first complete performance in America was given by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on June 5, 1888: J. Fred Wolle conducted from the organ, and the soloists were Mmes. Nevins and Estes, and Messrs. lute, strings, and organ. UNLIKE BACH HIMSELF, most of us come to the Saint John Passion knowing the Saint Matthew Passion first. The bigger and more elaborate Saint Matthew, which came along three, or possibly five years later (there is controversy about the date), has tended to cast a shadow in which the earlier work is swallowed up, and this has been so ever since Mendelssohn's Saint Matthew performance in 1829 marked the beginning of the public rediscovery of .
Loading, please wait. St. Matthew Passion, BWV244, Part I: Ich will bei meinem Jesu wachen (arr. for organ). Johann Sebastian Bach Composer. Bach: Cantatas, Vo. : Sonntage Nach Trinitatis II (Box Set). Bach: Great Choruses. English Baroque Soloists. Naxos featured album.
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 - Johann Sebastian Bach, 8:350:30. Allegro vivace - Piu lento - Charles-Marie Widor, 10:460:30. Prelude and Fugue on the name B-A-C-H, S260/R381 - Franz Liszt, 13:390:30. More by Jean Victor Arthur Guillou. The Organ Works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Vol. 1.
Johann Sebastian Bach Great Organ Works Peter Hurford London 43485. Boring, boring, boring. Heavy, slow church music. But the music of Bach is different. No self-respecting classical collection should be without some Bach organ works. But two or three pieces.
|1||Passacaglia In C Minor, BWV 582|
|Schmücke Dich, O Liebe Seele, BWV 654 Prelude And Fugue In E Minor ("The Wedge"), BWV 548|
|4||Toccata, Adagio And Fugue In C, BWV 564|
|8||Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme, BWV 645|
|Prelude And Fugue In D Major, BWV 532|
- Art Direction – Charles Back
- Composed By – J.S. Bach*
- Executive-Producer, Engineer – Ken Kreisel
- Organ – Samuel John Swartz
- Producer, Liner Notes – Bernard Soll