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Bach: Orgelwerke Vol 1 / Harald Vogel


Release Date: 07/09/2008 
Label:  Dhm Deutsche Harmonia Mundi Catalog #: 77202   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Harald Vogel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is very unusual Bach. The Fantasia in C minor has only recently been identified as being by Bach and Vogel identifies the spurious Sarabande con Partite as being based on the Overture to Lully's opera Bellerophon. In the performances themselves Vogel has ventured some way off the established course. Incomprehensibly he combines the early version of the G minor Prelude (BWV535a) with the final version of its Fugue (BWV535), while he finishes an already disjointed performance of the Toccata, Adagio and Fugue (the Toccata suffering from rather more echo effects than is really good for it) by picking up the Toccata again (from bar 32) immediately after the Fugue. I can't begin to fathom the thinking behind this and Vogel makes no attempt Read more to justify this course of action in his accompanying notes. But there again it does the soul good to have established truths questioned, and this disc does nothing if not question some fundamental beliefs in Bach performances. It would be nice, however, if we were given a few answers.

Apart from registrative eccentricities in BWV564 the novelties in Vogel's performances always have some musical justification; how refreshing, for example, to hear the great In dulci jubilo Prelude played on humble eight and four foot Flutes. I do wonder, though, whether he is sometimes tempted to adapt his musical arguments to suit this particular organ, not least in that strangest of all Bach works, the Pastorale. Here Vogel justifies his employment of the Dulcian stop (one of the particular delicacies of this wonderful instrument) by claiming its use as being in the ''folk tradition of using reed instruments to play pastorellas outdoors''. He might have also added that there is a tradition for these not to have been played particularly well; but no one can dispute that Vogel's performances, full of oddities as they are, are anything other than brilliantly executed. One final enigma bothers me; the booklet includes a murky photograph of one Signore Sandro Boccardi—why?'

-- Marc Rochester, Gramophone [8/1992]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasie in G major, BWV 572 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Harald Vogel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1706; Arnstadt, Germany 
Venue:  St Simpliciano, Milan, Italy 
2.
Pastorale in F major, BWV 590 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Harald Vogel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1710; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  St Simpliciano, Milan, Italy 
3.
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her, BWV 700 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Harald Vogel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Arnstadt, Germany 
Venue:  St Simpliciano, Milan, Italy 
4.
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her, BWV 701 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Harald Vogel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  St Simpliciano, Milan, Italy 
5.
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Harald Vogel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  St Simpliciano, Milan, Italy 
6.
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 722 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Harald Vogel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1703-1708; Arnstadt, Germany 
Venue:  St Simpliciano, Milan, Italy 
7.
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 723 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Harald Vogel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  St Simpliciano, Milan, Italy 
Notes: The composer of this work has not been definitely established. 
8.
Wir Christenleut habn jetzund Freud, BWV 710 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Harald Vogel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  St Simpliciano, Milan, Italy 
9.
In dulci jubilo, BWV 729 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Harald Vogel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  St Simpliciano, Milan, Italy 
10.
Sarabande con Partite in C major, BWV 990 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Harald Vogel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  St Simpliciano, Milan, Italy 
Notes: This work is not by J.S. Bach. The identity of the rightful composer has not been definitely established. 
11.
Fantasia in C minor by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Harald Vogel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  St Simpliciano, Milan, Italy 
Notes: This fantasia does not appear in the catalog of Bach's works, but has been reliably attributed to him. 
12.
Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 535a [fragment] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Harald Vogel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1707; Arnstadt, Germany 
Venue:  St Simpliciano, Milan, Italy 
13.
Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 535 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Harald Vogel (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  St Simpliciano, Milan, Italy 

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