Here's a handy way to acquire Bach's entire organ Fantasias and Toccatas (either with or without Fugues appended), along with organ performances of the seven early Toccatas (BWV 910-916) without pedal and usually performed on harpsichord or piano. More to the point, this generously packed two-disc compilation serves to remind us that Kevin Bowyer's 17-volume complete cycle of Bach's organ works for Nimbus is one of the label's crown jewels. The recordings date from 1991 to 2000 and capture the clear and colorful Marcussen Organ of Sct. Hans Kirke (in Odense, Denmark) with vibrant consistency. These words hold true for Bowyer's confident, forward moving, and effortless sweep through theRead more "Dorian" D minor Toccata and Fugue BWV 538 and its world-famous counterpart in the same key BWV 565. The C major Toccata, Adagio and Fugue receives a refreshingly headlong performance marked by imaginative registrations.
Bowyer also takes orchestral advantage of his instrument's capabilities throughout the two-manual Toccatas, all of which brilliantly showcase the organist's flexible technique and crisp articulation. Listen, for instance, to the light work and easy listening he makes of sometimes-heavy going sequences as in the D major Toccata's fugue. I especially like how Bowyer unifies the E minor Toccata's contrasting elements by linking the three sections without pause. Bowyer is not one to linger over slow, introspective movements or betray any impatience. Even in a market flooded with first-rate Bach organ releases, this one stands out, as do Jonathan Baxendale's succinct program notes. [1/18/2006]
Fantasie and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537by Johann Sebastian Bach Performer:
Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque Written: 1708 - 1717; ?Weimar, Germany Notes: Composition written: ?Weimar, Germany (1708 - 1717).
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
SatisfyingMay 9, 2014By L. Wilborn (Richwood, TX)See All My Reviews"This is an great collection of Bach's fantasias and toccatas, and Kevin Bowyer plays them beautifully on a very well-suited organ. Excellent playing and sound. Very satisfying."Report Abuse
OutstandingMarch 4, 2014By Frederick (Ted) Hecht, MD (Scottsdale, AZ)See All My Reviews"What can be better than Bach played by Kevin Bowyer on a fine organ? Blissful."Report Abuse