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The Organ Encyclopedia - Pachelbel Vol 1 / Wolfgang Rübsam


Release Date: 04/11/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554380   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Wolfgang Rübsam, one of the finest, busiest, and most prolifically recorded organists on Planet Earth, launches the first volume of a cycle devoted to the complete organ works of Pachelbel. The first impression you'll get from placing this disc in your trusty CD changer will be the pungency of the bright, reedy stops characterizing the organ by Johann Nepomuk Holzhey at Wiessnau (built in the 1780s). Naxos' transparent, up-close engineering further underscores the instrument's timbral distinctions. Listen, for example, to the registral clarity in the three Christmas Chorale Preludes, the brooding G minor Fantasia (what heartbreakingly gorgeous low-register harmonies!), or the flowing,
Read more reflective Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist. The two Toccatas in C major boast snarling pedal-points from which vivid, trumpet-like lines proudly take wing. Rübsam's slight ritards and breath marks throughout the D minor Chaconne, together with his strikingly varied couplings, add welcome drama and color to the score. Some listeners might prefer the steadier rhythm and restrained registration of Joseph Payne's more conservative reading on Centaur, but I lean toward Rübsam.


Payne's Pachelbel cycle, nearly complete at 10 volumes, employs a different organ for each installment. Will Rübsam do the same? That is, if he's been designated to record the whole Naxos Pachelbel cycle himself (remember, the label's Dupré organ music cycle is given over to different players). Artistically speaking, Rübsam and Payne complement rather than compete with each other. Even if you've acquired all or many or some of the Payne volumes, give Rübsam's Pachelbel a fair shot. What can you lose at Naxos' rock bottom price? Stay tuned for Volume 2.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Prelude for Organ in D minor by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
2. Komm, Gott Schöpfer heiliger Geist by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
3. Fantasia for Organ in G minor by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
4. Toccata for Organ in C major by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
5. Gott der Vater wohn uns bei by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Germany 
6. Toccata for Organ in G minor by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
7. Ricercare for Organ in C minor by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
8. Toccata for Organ in E minor by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
9. Ricercare for Organ in F sharp minor by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
10. Toccata for Organ in C minor by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
11. Fugue for Organ in C major by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
12. Fugue for Organ in D minor by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
13. Chaconne for Organ in F minor by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
14. Fugue for Organ in D major by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
15. Chaconne for Organ in D minor by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
16. Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
17. Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt, POP 37 by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1678-90; Erfurt, Germany 
18. Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1693; Germany 

Sound Samples

Praeludium in D minor
Komm, Gott Schopfer, heiliger Geist
Fantasia in G minor
Toccata in C major
Gott der Vater, wohn' uns bei: Gott der Vater wohn uns bei
Toccata in G minor
Ricercare in C minor: Ricercar in C minor
Toccata in E minor
Ricercare in F sharp minor: Ricercar in F sharp minor
Toccata in C minor
Fugue in C major
Toccata in C major
Fugue in D minor
Ciaccona in F minor: Ciacona in F minor
Fugue in D major
Ciaccona in D minor: Ciacona in D minor
Der Tag, der ist so Freudenreich: Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ
Der Tag, der ist so Freudenreich
Der Tag, der ist so Freudenreich: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her

Customer Reviews

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 Recommended --Baroque Organ Music February 13, 2013 By Wil L W. (Richwood, TX) See All My Reviews "This Pachelbel CD has great sound and playing. A good introduction to the organ music novice like me. The Naxos budget price and quality made this a good selection. Recommended." Report Abuse
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