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J. S. Bach: Dritter Theil Der Clavier Ubung

Bach,J.s. / Lusser
Release Date: 03/09/2010 
Label:  Gramola   Catalog #: 98854   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 29 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BACH Clavier-Übung III Ludwig Lusser (org) GRAMOLA 98854/5 (2 CDs: 89:38)


Bach’s Clavier-Übung III is the only part of the four sets of Clavier-Übungen composed expressly for the organ, instead of the harpsichord. The 27 pieces that make up this set, from preludes and fugues to duets and chorale preludes, are a summation of the variety of genres that were available to Bach to work in. Read more Their demands on the organist are as challenging as those of the following set, containing the Goldberg Variations , are for the harpsichordist or pianist: In essence, they epitomize the technical accomplishment of their creator, not only in terms of compositional ingenuity, but also in terms of instrumental prowess.


Ludwig Lusser, a specialist, according to his biography, in the works of Bach, Reger, and contemporary Austrian music, here plays the organ of the Sankt Pölten Cathedral in Vienna. Though the organ is relatively small (having three manuals and 36 stops), Lusser does a good job of orchestrating the pieces to best suit the character of each—just witness the four duets, and how the registrations follow the quality that he sees in each, from the quirky first, to the festive second, the delicate third, and the dramatic fourth. Lusser in addition has a keen grasp of the articulation. The Fughetta, BWV 677 is played with a crisp staccato and a flowing legato, though at times the voices feel a bit out of sync. He infuses this performance with jollity, which leads to a simple and understated ending—a very fine performance, with good taste in following Bach’s precise note values. Later, he creates a jubilant and lively character in the “St. Anne” Prelude by over-dotting, and also providing an airy quality through his attack on the keyboard. At times in this piece, however, he loses the sense of breath when failing to demarcate the cadences between sections enough. Though the piece is one continuous prelude, each section has its own character; when rushing through the cadences, the characters are often blurred. In Aus tieffer Noth schrey ich zu dir , BWV 686, Lusser does a good job of delineating the six voices of the fugue, but uses a quirky rubato throughout, lessening the effect of the syncopations that Bach so carefully writes into the piece.


Though I have some complaints, most are of a minimal nature here. This is, overall, a fine performance, one that I would come back to especially for the smaller pieces on this recital. The organ, in particular, is a lovely sounding one, making the recording particularly attractive for this repertoire. For a more big-boned, slightly more thrilling account of the “St. Anne” Prelude and Fugue, BWV 552, though, I would still turn to Karl Richter’s performance (DG Musikfest 415442)—a classic, and at the price, a bargain.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV 552 "St Anne" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 14 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 669 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
3.
Christe, aller Welt Trost, BWV 670 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4.
Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 671 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
5.
Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 672 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 1 Minutes 18 Secs. 
6.
Christe, aller Welt Trost, BWV 673 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 1 Minutes 10 Secs. 
7.
Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 674 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 1 Minutes 6 Secs. 
8.
Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 675 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
9.
Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 676 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 4 Minutes 46 Secs. 
10.
Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 677 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 1 Minutes 5 Secs. 
11.
Dies sind die heilgen zehen Gebot, BWV 678 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
12.
Dies sind die heiligen zehen Gebot, BWV 679 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 2 Minutes 10 Secs. 
13.
Wir gläuben all'an einen Gott, BWV 680 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
14.
Wir gläuben all'an einen Gott, BWV 681 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 1 Minutes 29 Secs. 
15.
Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 682 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
16.
Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 683 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
17.
Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 684 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
18.
Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 685 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 1 Minutes 26 Secs. 
19.
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV 686 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
20.
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV 687 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
21.
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 688 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
22.
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 689 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
23.
Duet for Organ in E minor, BWV 802 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 2 Minutes 14 Secs. 
24.
Duet for Organ in F major, BWV 803 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 3 Minutes 21 Secs. 
25.
Duet for Organ in G major, BWV 804 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 2 Minutes 52 Secs. 
26.
Duet for Organ in A minor, BWV 805 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Ludwig Lusser (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739 
Venue:  Doms zu St. Pölten 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV 552, "St. Anne": Prelude
Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 669
Christe, aller Welt Trost, BWV 670
Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 671
Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 672
Christe, aller Welt Trost, BWV 673
Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 674
Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr, BWV 675
Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr, BWV 676
Fughetta super Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr, BWV 677
Dies sind die heilgen zehen Gebot, BWV 678
Fughetta super Dies sind die heiligen zehen Gebot, BWV 679
Wir glauben all an einen Gott, BWV 680
Fughetta super Wir glauben all an einen Gott, BWV 681
Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 682
Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 683
Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 684
Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 685
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV 686
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV 687
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der von uns den Zorn Gottes wandt, BWV 688
Fuga super Jesus Christus unser Heiland, BWV 689
4 Duets, BWV 802-805: Duet No. 1 in E minor, BWV 802
4 Duets, BWV 802-805: Duet No. 2 in F major, BWV 803
4 Duets, BWV 802-805: Duet No. 3 in G major, BWV 804
4 Duets, BWV 802-805: Duet No. 4 in A minor, BWV 805
Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV 552, "St. Anne": Fugue

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