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Bach: The Toccatas & Fantasias / Bowyer


Release Date: 09/13/2005 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 7077   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


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 the
Read 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]

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538 "Dorian" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
2.
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
3.
Prelude and Fugue in E major, BWV 566 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Mühlhausen, Germany 
4.
Fantasie in G major, BWV 572 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1706; Arnstadt, Germany 
5.
Toccata in F sharp minor, BWV 910 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1710 ; Weimar, Germany 
6.
Toccata in C minor, BWV 911 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1717; Weimar, Germany 
7.
Toccata in D major, BWV 912 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1710; Weimar, Germany 
8.
Toccata in D minor, BWV 913 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; ?Weimar, Germany 
9.
Toccata in E minor, BWV 914 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; ?Weimar, Germany 
10.
Toccata in G minor, BWV 915 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; ?Weimar, Germany 
11.
Toccata in G major, BWV 916 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1710; ?Weimar, Germany 
12.
Toccata and Fugue in F major, BWV 540 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
13.
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 "Great G minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
14.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Germany 
15.
Fantasie and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708 - 1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Composition written: ?Weimar, Germany (1708 - 1717). 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Satisfying May 9, 2014 By Wil L W. (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
 Outstanding March 4, 2014 By Frederick Hecht (Scottsdale, AZ) See All My Reviews "What can be better than Bach played by Kevin Bowyer on a fine organ? Blissful." Report Abuse
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