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Bach: Great Organ Works / Peter Hurford


Release Date: 02/14/1995 
Label:  London/Decca Double Decker Catalog #: 443485   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 26 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Whatever you’ve read about Hurford’s Bach is true. Thinking musician, informed scholar, consummate virtuoso, his Decca cycle is magnificent. Experience a grand D minor Toccata and Fugue (the one transcribed by Busoni and Stokowski). Indulge in a brilliantly articulated G major Fantasia, BWV 572. Listen to a Toccata, Adagio and Fugue that’s weighty without being pompous. Sample the culminative, rhythmic power of an imperious D major Prelude and Fugue... [A]n artist with an inspirational sense of the epic and the visionary. Physically spectacular sound. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- BBC Music Magazine [reviewing Decca 436225]
Whatever you’ve read about Hurford’s Bach is true. Thinking musician, informed scholar, consummate virtuoso, his Decca cycle is magnificent. Experience a grand D minor Toccata and Fugue (the one transcribed by Busoni and Stokowski). Indulge in a brilliantly articulated G major Fantasia, BWV 572. Listen to a Toccata, Adagio and Fugue that’s weighty without being pompous. Sample the culminative, rhythmic power of an imperious D major Prelude and Fugue... [A]n artist with an inspirational sense of the epic and the visionary. Physically spectacular sound. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- BBC Music Magazine [reviewing Decca 436225]
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Works on This Recording

1. Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Venue:  Knox Grammar School, Sydney, Australia 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
2. Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 1, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Toronto 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3. Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 730 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Venue:  Knox Grammar School, Sydney, Australia 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
4. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1975 
Venue:  All Souls Unitarian Church, Washington 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
5. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Toronto 
Length: 15 Minutes 43 Secs. 
6. In dulci jubilo, BWV 729 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Venue:  Knox Grammar School, Sydney, Australia 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
7. Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  Chapel, New College, Oxford 
Length: 10 Minutes 26 Secs. 
8. Fantasie in G major, BWV 572 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1706; Arnstadt, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Venue:  Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Toronto 
Length: 7 Minutes 46 Secs. 
9. Nun freut euch, lieben Christen, BWV 734 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Date of Recording: 1977 
Venue:  Knox Grammar School, Sydney, Australia 
Length: 1 Minutes 56 Secs. 
10. Wo soll ich fliehen hin?, BWV 694 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708 
Date of Recording: 1977 
Venue:  Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Toronto 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
11. Fantasie and Fugue in C minor, BWV 562 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Toronto 
Length: 5 Minutes 55 Secs. 
12. Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538 "Dorian" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Toronto 
Length: 13 Minutes 44 Secs. 
13. Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  Ratzeburg Cathedral, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 17 Secs. 
14. Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 "Great G minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Venue:  Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Toronto 
Length: 12 Minutes 1 Secs. 
15. Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV 552 "St Anne" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Venue:  Chapel of New College, Oxford 
Length: 15 Minutes 48 Secs. 
16. Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  Ratzeburg Cathedral, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 27 Secs. 
17. Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1712; Arnstadt, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Venue:  Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Toronto 
Length: 12 Minutes 54 Secs. 
18. Fantasie and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708 - 1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1979 
Venue:  Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Toronto 
Length: 8 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: ?Weimar, Germany (1708 - 1717). 

Sound Samples

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 ('Sleepers, awake')
Prelude (Fantasy) and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 - "Great"
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 730
Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582
Prelude and Fugue in E flat, BWV 552
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
Prelude (Fantasy) and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C, BWV 564
"In dulci jubilo", BWV 729
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543
Fantasia in G, BWV 572
Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532
Nun freut euch, liebe Christen g'mein, BWV 734
Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 694
Fantasia in C minor, BWV 562
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538 "Dorian"

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