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Bach: Organ Works Vol 11 / Gerhard Weinberger


Release Date: 11/20/2001 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 999757   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerhard Weinberger
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For some, the most interesting thing about this release will be organist Gerhard Weinberger's discussion of the relative merits of Silbermann organs--those constructed by Bach contemporary Gottfried Silbermann--for playing Bach's music. Although for decades it's been assumed that because Bach was the greatest organist of his time and was involved in many aspects of the organ building process, and because Silbermann was regarded as one of the greatest organ builders in the region of Germany where Bach lived and worked, the Silbermann instruments were ideal for Bach's music. Weinberger suggests that these assumptions in many cases are false--that in fact there are fundamental problems with Silbermann's philosophy of organ design, realized in Read more significant structural components, that make performing many of Bach's works difficult if not impossible on at least some of these instruments. Specifically, this has to do with matters concerning lack of tonal independence in the pedal and lack of a "rich palette of foundation stops". No doubt Bach played these magnificent organs--there is well-documented evidence of such events in Dresden and Freiberg, for instance--but Weinberger makes a persuasive case for the likelihood that Bach preferred different instruments for his own music.


Nevertheless, Weinberger is a consummate professional and one who, as any resourceful organist would, makes whatever instrument he plays sound as if it's ideal for the repertoire at hand. And so his performances on the Silbermann organ at Ponitz, an instrument that dates to 1737, show the relatively minor works on this program as nothing less than brilliant, from his command of technique and proven affinity for Bach in general to his inventive choice of stops, illustrated to maximum effect in the 11 chorale preludes from the Third Part of the Clavier Übung. I'm not especially enamored of the theatre-organ-like sounds he achieves in the Prelude in F minor from BWV 534 or the chorale Vater unser im Himmelreich BWV 683, but because of the many appealing choices he makes on the rest of the disc, I can only assume that these decisions were made in the interest of variety and of putting the instrument through its paces. The sound seems to me somewhat swampy--a little too dense for the lightness of the works--but Weinberger's articulate voicings and finger/pedal technique preserves sufficient clarity to make this another strong entry in his complete Bach traversal for CPO.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Allabreve in D major, BWV 589 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerhard Weinberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
2. Canzona in d, BWV 588 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerhard Weinberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715; Weimar, Germany 
3. Duet for Organ in E minor, BWV 802 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerhard Weinberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739 
4. Duet for Organ in F major, BWV 803 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerhard Weinberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739 
5. Duet for Organ in G major, BWV 804 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerhard Weinberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739 
6. Duet for Organ in A minor, BWV 805 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerhard Weinberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739 
7. Toccata and Fugue in F major, BWV 540: Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerhard Weinberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
8. Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 672 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerhard Weinberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
9. Christe, aller Welt Trost, BWV 673 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerhard Weinberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
10. Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 674 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerhard Weinberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
11. Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 675 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerhard Weinberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
12. Dies sind die heiligen zehen Gebot, BWV 679 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerhard Weinberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
13. Wir gläuben all'an einen Gott, BWV 681 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerhard Weinberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
14. Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 682 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerhard Weinberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
15. Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 685 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerhard Weinberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
16. Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV 687 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerhard Weinberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
17. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 689 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerhard Weinberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
18. Prelude and Fugue in F minor, BWV 534 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerhard Weinberger (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 

Sound Samples

Prelude and Fugue in F minor, BWV 534: Prelude
Prelude and Fugue in F minor, BWV 534: Fugue
Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 672: Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit alio modo, BWV 672
Christe, aller Welt Trost, BWV 673
Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 674
Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr, BWV 675
Fughetta super Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr, BWV 677
Fughetta super Dies sind die heiligen zehen Gebot, BWV 679
Fughetta super Wir glauben all an einen Gott, BWV 681
Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 683: Vater unser im Himmelreich alio modo, BWV 683
Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 685: Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam alio modo, BWV 685
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV 687: Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir alio modo, BWV 687
Fuga super Jesus Christus unser Heiland, BWV 689
Alla breve in D major, BWV 589
Canzona in D minor, BWV 588
4 Duets, BWV 802-805: Duetto I in E minor, BWV 802
4 Duets, BWV 802-805: Duetto II in F major, BWV 803
4 Duets, BWV 802-805: Duetto III in G major, BWV 804
4 Duets, BWV 802-805: Duetto IV in A minor, BWV 805
Toccata and Fugue in F major, BWV 540: Fugue

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