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Bach - The Organs At First Congregational / Michael Murray


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80088   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Michael Murray
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 48 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With two organs available, at opposite ends of a long nave, a total of 214 ranks (including, we are told, ''several'' at 32 feet), playable from two consoles, one might expect a Star Wars-type bombardment. Let me say at once that there is nothing of that here. Everything is in perfect taste. True, the D minor Toccata flares away on reeds of truly spitfire quality, but magnificent display is what's wanted, and by golly it's what we get! The Fugue goes at a spanking pace, with enchanting registration of the episodes, marred by one small reed which momentarily yowls. By contrast, the A minor Concerto is on a modest scale, relying on Murray's brilliant technique to provide the thrill—yet nothing could be more restrained than his account of the Read more middle movement, 8 feet stops playing in octaves—and still maintaining the interest. The two preludes and fugues, though kept on a tight rein, unfold with relentless drive, and the searing effect of the reeds in the D major's climaxes is quite breath-taking.

In an unclouded ambience, the richness of the chorus work makes for very satisfying listening, given responsive speakers, and the poised ungimmicky playing can be recommended even to those who've heard it all many times before. This one is different.

-- Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Michael Murray (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/20/1983 
Venue:  1st Congregational Church, Los Angeles 
Length: 11 Minutes 54 Secs. 
2.
Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 544 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Michael Murray (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/20/1983 
Venue:  1st Congregational Church, Los Angeles 
Length: 13 Minutes 32 Secs. 
3.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Michael Murray (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/20/1983 
Venue:  1st Congregational Church, Los Angeles 
Length: 8 Minutes 30 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Organ solo in A minor, BWV 593 (after Vivaldi) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Michael Murray (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/20/1983 
Venue:  1st Congregational Church, Los Angeles 
Length: 12 Minutes 7 Secs. 

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