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Bach: Leipzig Chorales / Ghielmi

Bach,J.s. / Ghielmi
Release Date: 10/13/2009 
Label:  Passacaille   Catalog #: 954   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 50 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There have been many outstanding recordings of Bach's Leipzig Chorales, his final organ works, but this 2009 recording by Italian scholar and organist Lorenzo Ghielmi is as fine as any and better than most. Combining a superlative technique -- there's nothing here he can't play, with discerning taste -- there's nothing here that smacks of bombast, and a highly developed feel for the idiom, Ghielmi is as deeply under the skin of these pieces as could be desired. Beyond that, the Italian organist grasps the particular spirit of these Chorales and their special status as the composer's last works for the instrument with which he was most closely associated, and his interpretations are filled not just with spectacular virtuosity, but with Read more profound feeling. Ghielmi's moving, almost otherworldly performance of Von deinen Thron tret ich, BWV 668, should inspire listeners to seek out the organist's many other recordings. Recorded in the Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan, the digital sound is amazingly vivid and overwhelmingly immediate.

-- All Music Guide

"[Lorenzo Ghielmi's] approach to these late works is not only scholarly and technically precise, but is also musical and demonstrates his deep knowledge of the instrument and his keen logical use of certain stops to further enhance the music's message. The small independent label Passacaille always aims for excellence and I believe they have hit the bullseye in this recording."

-- Jean-Yves Duperron, Classical Music Sentinal
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Works on This Recording

1. Fantasia super Komm, heiliger Geist, BWV 651 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan 
Length: 6 Minutes 22 Secs. 
2. Komm, heiliger Geist, BWV 652 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan 
Length: 9 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3. An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan 
Length: 5 Minutes 36 Secs. 
4. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan 
Length: 7 Minutes 56 Secs. 
5. Trio super Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend', BWV 655 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
6. O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 656 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan 
Length: 8 Minutes 11 Secs. 
7. Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 657 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
8. Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, BWV 658 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
9. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
10. Trio super Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 660 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
11. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 661 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
12. Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 662 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan 
Length: 7 Minutes 51 Secs. 
13. Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 663 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan 
Length: 6 Minutes 46 Secs. 
14. Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 664 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
15. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 665 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan 
Length: 4 Minutes 24 Secs. 
16. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 666 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
17. Komm, Gott, Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, BWV 667 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
18. Vor deinen Thron tret'ich hiermit, BWV 668 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
19. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lorenzo Ghielmi (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan 
Length: 14 Minutes 55 Secs. 

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