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Bach: The Works For Organ Vol 1 / Kevin Bowyer


Release Date: 04/16/1995 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 5280   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Thirty-one-year-old organist Kevin Bowyer has already made a reputation for setting himself the kind of challenges that would make most organists blanch. He has championed the monumental organ symphonies of Sorabji and recorded organ music by Brahms and Alkan. But in embarking on a complete cycle of Bach's organ works he has surely set himself the ultimate challenge for a recording artist. To open the series, he has opted for the 'recital programme' format, rather than focusing attention on one particular generic form, and Volume I provides an attractive shop window of Bach's diverse styles for the inquisitive, if not yet commited purchaser. Bowyer chooses to play a three-manual mechanical-action Marcusson organ, and it is indeed an Read more excellent choice. The sound is clear and bright, and the acoustics perfect for good articulation in fast passage-work. Kevin Bowyer's playing is stylish throughout, but most especially in the show-piece items which frame the programme. The opening rhetorical flourishes of the Toccata and Fugue in D minor WWV 565 which (typically) introduces the programme really cut through the air, and the Fugue is taken at a cracking pace. The Fantasia and Fugue in G minor BWV 542 is played with similar flair and imagination.

-- Stephen Haylett, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Aus tiefer Not schrei'ich zu dir, BWV 1099 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Odense Cathedral, Denmark 
Length: 2 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Organ solo in G major, BWV 592 (after Duke Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Odense Cathedral, Denmark 
Length: 8 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3.
Trio Sonata for Organ no 1 in E flat major, BWV 525 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Odense Cathedral, Denmark 
Length: 13 Minutes 24 Secs. 
4.
Pastorale in F major, BWV 590 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1710; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Odense Cathedral, Denmark 
Length: 15 Minutes 1 Secs. 
5.
Erbarm' dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Odense Cathedral, Denmark 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
6.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Odense Cathedral, Denmark 
Length: 8 Minutes 54 Secs. 
7.
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 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Odense Cathedral, Denmark 
Length: 12 Minutes 23 Secs. 

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