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Bach: Complete Organ Music Vol 1 / Stefano Molardi

Bach / Molardi
Release Date: 03/25/2014 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94850   Spars Code: DDD 
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Stefano Molardi is shaping his recorded survey of Bach’s complete organ music as self-sufficient and musically satisfying recitals which, disc by disc, explore the diverse styles at the composer’s disposal, the flexible usage to which he, the ultimate ‘compleat musician’, puts ‘his’ instrument through its paces, and the different liturgical demands which he was required to meet during the course of his career as he moved from church to court and back again. Grand Weimar- and Leipzig-composed preludes and fugues rub shoulders with intricate trio sonatas which he had initially conceived as chamber music, and between them nestle intimate chorales from his Cöthen days.

Accordingly, Molardi makes full use of the potential
Read more flexibility of his chosen Trost organ in the Stadtkirche ‘Zur Gotteshilfe’ in Waltershausen, deep in the provincial heart of Thuringia. This is Bach country, and although the organ has been periodically restored since it was finally inaugurated in 1755, almost 30 years after the work was begun, it retains the classic characteristics of its age and situation: a thorough restoration in 1998 returned the instrument to its original glory.

Born in Cremona, Molardi has undertaken a Renaissance career as not only organist but harpsichordist, conductor and scholar, not only at home in the rarified confines of early music but a virtuoso who has performed the complete organ works of Liszt and Franck and made an extraordinary recording of Verdi arranged for organ. These Bach discs are, perhaps appropriately, less overtly spectacular but no less imaginative in their rhythmic and coloristic response.

Other information:
- A new recording (2013) of Bach’s complete organ works is, even in these overfed and crisis-stricken days, an event of the first order. First of all because the music is of such overwhelming beauty and power, one of the greatest creations of humanity, and secondly because there is still so much to discover and illuminate in these works.
- These recordings are based on the choice of instruments: organist Stefano Molardi chose German instruments from Bach’s time, lending an authentic character to the project. This first set features the wonderful Trost Organ of the Stadtkirche Zur Gotteshilfe in Waltershausen, Thuringia, built in 1725 and gloriously restored in 1998.
- Stefano Molardi is a “renaissance man”, organist, harpsichordist, scholar, historian and writer. He recorded extensively for Divox, DGG and other labels. His playing is clear, crisp, free and rhythmically vibrant.
- The CD’s are programmed like concerto programmes, a fine diversity of genres and styles, to avoid monotony and uniformity.
- All information on the organ, liner notes and artist biography are included in the booklet. Read less

Sound Samples

Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543: Prelude
Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543: Fugue
Valet will ich dir geben, BWV 736
Trio Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Major, BWV 525: I. -
Trio Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Major, BWV 525: II. Adagio
Trio Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Major, BWV 525: III. Allegro
Partita diverse sopra O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 767: Partita I
Partita diverse sopra O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 767: Partita II
Partita diverse sopra O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 767: Partita III
Partita diverse sopra O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 767: Partita IV
Partita diverse sopra O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 767: Partita V
Partita diverse sopra O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 767: Partita VI
Partita diverse sopra O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 767: Partita VII
Partita diverse sopra O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 767: Partita VIII
Partita diverse sopra O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 767: Partita IX
Fantasia super Valet will ich dir geben, BWV 735
Trio Sonata No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 526: I. Vivace
Trio Sonata No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 526: II. Largo
Trio Sonata No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 526: III. Allegro
Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541: Prelude
Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541: Fugue
Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532: Prelude
Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532: Fugue
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Helft mir Gotts Gute preisen, BWV 613
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV 614
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: In dir ist Freude, BWV 615
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, BWV 616
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf, BWV 617
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 720
Trio Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, BWV 527: I. Andante
Trio Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, BWV 527: II. Adagio e dolce
Trio Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, BWV 527: III. Vivace
Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721
Organ Concerto in D Minor, BWV 596 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in D Minor, RV 565): I. -
Organ Concerto in D Minor, BWV 596 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in D Minor, RV 565): II. Grave
Organ Concerto in D Minor, BWV 596 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in D Minor, RV 565): III. Fugue
Organ Concerto in D Minor, BWV 596 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in D Minor, RV 565): IV. Largo e spiccato
Organ Concerto in D Minor, BWV 596 (arr. of Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in D Minor, RV 565): V. Allegro
Trio Sonata No. 4 in E Minor, BWV 528: I. Adagio
Trio Sonata No. 4 in E Minor, BWV 528: I. Vivace
Trio Sonata No. 4 in E Minor, BWV 528: II. Andante
Trio Sonata No. 4 in E Minor, BWV 528: III. Un poco allegro
Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 550: Prelude
Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 550: Fugue
Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 545: Prelude
Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 545: Fugue
Trio Sonata No. 5 in C Major, BWV 529: I. Allegro
Trio Sonata No. 5 in C Major, BWV 529: II. Largo
Trio Sonata No. 5 in C Major, BWV 529: III. Allegro
Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 535: Prelude
Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 535: Fugue
6 Schubler Chorales, BWV 645-650: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
6 Schubler Chorales, BWV 645-650: Wo soll ich fliehen hin (Auf meinen lieben Gott), BWV 646
6 Schubler Chorales, BWV 645-650: Wer nur den lieben Gott lasst walten, BWV 647
Organ Concerto in C Major, BWV 594 (arr. of Vivaldi's Concerto in D Major, RV 208): I. -
Organ Concerto in C Major, BWV 594 (arr. of Vivaldi's Concerto in D Major, RV 208): II. Recitativo: Adagio
Organ Concerto in C Major, BWV 594 (arr. of Vivaldi's Concerto in D Major, RV 208): III. Allegro
Partite diverse sopra Sei gegrusset, Jesu gutig, BWV 768: Choral: Sei gegrusset, Jesu gutig
Partite diverse sopra Sei gegrusset, Jesu gutig, BWV 768: Variation 1
Partite diverse sopra Sei gegrusset, Jesu gutig, BWV 768: Variation 2
Partite diverse sopra Sei gegrusset, Jesu gutig, BWV 768: Variation 3
Partite diverse sopra Sei gegrusset, Jesu gutig, BWV 768: Variation 4
Partite diverse sopra Sei gegrusset, Jesu gutig, BWV 768: Variation 5
Partite diverse sopra Sei gegrusset, Jesu gutig, BWV 768: Variation 6
Partite diverse sopra Sei gegrusset, Jesu gutig, BWV 768: Variation 7
Partite diverse sopra Sei gegrusset, Jesu gutig, BWV 768: Variation 8
Partite diverse sopra Sei gegrusset, Jesu gutig, BWV 768: Variation 9
Partite diverse sopra Sei gegrusset, Jesu gutig, BWV 768: Variation 10
Partite diverse sopra Sei gegrusset, Jesu gutig, BWV 768: Variation 11
Toccata and Fugue in F Major, BWV 540: Toccata
Toccata and Fugue in F Major, BWV 540: Fugue
6 Schubler Chorales, BWV 645-650: Meine Seele erhebet den Herren, BWV 648
6 Schubler Chorales, BWV 645-650: Ach bleib' bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 649
6 Schubler Chorales, BWV 645-650: Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, BWV 650
Fugue in B Minor on a theme by Corelli, BWV 579
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 618
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Christe du Lamm Gottes, BWV 619
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Christus, der uns selig macht, BWV 620
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund, BWV 621
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: O Mensch, bewein dein Sunde gross, BWV 622
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 623
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Hilf Gott, dass mir's gelinge, BWV 624
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 625
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Jesus Christus unser Heiland, BWV 626
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Christ ist erstanden, BWV 627
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Erstanden ist der heilge Christ, BWV 628
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag, BWV 629
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn, BWV 630
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Komm, Gott Schopfer, Heiliger Geist, BWV 631
Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530: I. Vivace
Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530: II. Lento
Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530: III. Allegro

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