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J.s. Bach: Organ Works, Vol. 7

Bach,J.s. / Phillips
Release Date: 04/10/2012 
Label:  Regent   Catalog #: 308   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 25 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BACH Preludes and Fugues: in G, BWV 541; in a, BWV 551; in c, BWV 546. Partite diverse sopra O Gott, du frommer Gott. Concertos: in C, BWV 594; in E?, BWV 597. Chorale Preludes, BWV 705–10, 726, 733, 749–50, 752, 756, 758, 762, 765, 1085. Fugues: in c, Read more class="ARIAL12"> BWV 575; in G, BWV 576; in C, BWV 946; in G, BWV 581; in D, BWV 580. Preludes: in G, BWV 568; in C, BWV 943; in C, BWV 567. Fugues: in G, BWV 576; in G, BWV 581; in C, BWV 946; in D, BWV 580. Fantasy in C, BWV 570. Kleines harmonisches Labytinth, BWV 591. Passacaglia in c, BWV 582 Margaret Phillips (org) REGENT 308 (2 CDs: 145:57)


For Vol. 7 of her ongoing series of complete Bach organ works (an śuvre that apparently includes many of the apocryphal Bach pieces), Margaret Phillips plays two more old European organs. In Vol. 6, CD 2, she played a French organ of modern build that was modeled after organs by Zacharias Hildebrandt. Here, in CD 1, she uses an authentic Hildebrandt organ built for St. Jacobi Church in Sangerhausen, modernized during the 19th century but brought back to its original two-manual specification in 1978. Reading the notes, one discovers an odd connection to the Family Bach. J. S.’s third son, Johann Gottfried Bernhard, secured the post as organist at St. Jacobi in 1736, but he was apparently the black sheep of the Bach clan. By 1738 he had racked up so many bad debts he couldn’t repay that he simply skipped town! He must also have been ill and in serious need of medical care that he didn’t receive (and probably couldn’t afford), because he died of a fever in Jena in January 1739.


Once again, I must admit that I don’t really know how the various stops on an organ affect its timbre and color, but to my ears Phillips achieves much the same sounds here as on both discs of Vol. 6. I will say, however, that this “authentic” Hildebrandt organ sounds clearer and less murky, even in soft, muted passages, than its counterparts in both discs of Vol. 6. Moreover, the music tends to be cheerier Bach, even the Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, and Phillips absolutely revels in cheery Bach.


For CD 2, she got in her car and drove from Sangerhausen to Freiberg (the recording sessions for CD 2 began the day after she finished CD 1) to play on a Gottfried Silbermann organ at the Petrikirche there. Once again, the organ was rebuilt and modified during the 19th century, only to have the clock turned back to its original specifications in 2006–07.


As I mention in my other review, Phillips is generally excellent. She favors a full, rich sound for the preludes and fugues and trio sonatas, a lighter, airier sound for the chorale preludes, and her musicianship and styling are first-rate. I don’t hear anything on CD 1 of this set that comes close to the ugly, cramped, black-hole sound she achieved in moments of CD 1 in the previous set—thank goodness for that. CD 2 seems to include the apocryphal Bach pieces in this set, the flashy Prelude in G (BWV 568), the fugues in G (BWV 576 and 581), the Chorale Prelude BWV 758, and the Prelude in C, BWV 567, which survived in a copy made by Bach’s pupil Johann Krebs, and is now thought to have been written by him.


In closing I must say a few nice words about Phillips, as she appears to be one of the real good guys in the classical music business. She and her husband, David Hunt, have used her money and fame to start an organ school and museum in an unused chapel in Milborne Port, Somerset. They have acquired a collection of organs by English builders from the 18th century to the present, which are on display there, and also provide facilities for students to learn and play the organ as well as to understand and appreciate the instrument. Good for you, Margaret! There should be more people like this in the arts world!


FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 541 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Germany 
Venue:  St Jacobikirche, Sangerhausen 
Length: 7 Minutes 21 Secs. 
2.
Partite sopra "O Gott, du frommer Gott", BWV 767 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1700; Lüneburg, Germany 
Venue:  St Jacobikirche, Sangerhausen 
Length: 12 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Organ in C major, BWV 594 (after Vivaldi) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Germany 
Venue:  St Jacobikirche, Sangerhausen 
Length: 17 Minutes 25 Secs. 
4.
Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV 726 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  St Jacobikirche, Sangerhausen 
Length: 0 Minutes 59 Secs. 
5.
Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns Wend, BWV 749 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1700 
Venue:  St Jacobikirche, Sangerhausen 
Length: 1 Minutes 13 Secs. 
6.
Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend', BWV 709 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Written: 1708-20 
Venue:  St Jacobikirche, Sangerhausen 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
7.
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 551 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1707 
Venue:  St Jacobikirche, Sangerhausen 
Length: 5 Minutes 7 Secs. 
8.
Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt (IV) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708; Germany 
Venue:  St Jacobikirche, Sangerhausen 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
9.
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 706 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  St Jacobikirche, Sangerhausen 
Length: 1 Minutes 22 Secs. 
10.
Ich hab' mein' Sach' Gott, BWV 708 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  St Jacobikirche, Sangerhausen 
Length: 1 Minutes 17 Secs. 
11.
Ich hab'mein'Sach'Gott heimgestellt, BWV 707 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  St Jacobikirche, Sangerhausen 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
12.
Trio for Organ in G major, BWV 1027a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  St Jacobikirche, Sangerhausen 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
13.
Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, BWV 733 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  St Jacobikirche, Sangerhausen 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
14.
Wir Christenleut habn jetzund Freud, BWV 710 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  St Jacobikirche, Sangerhausen 
Length: 1 Minutes 47 Secs. 
15.
Fugue in C minor, BWV 575 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  St Jacobikirche, Sangerhausen 
Length: 3 Minutes 56 Secs. 
16.
Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 546 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Venue:  Petrikirche Freiburg 
Length: 12 Minutes 17 Secs. 
17.
Herr Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Licht, in G major BWV 750 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1700 
Venue:  Petrikirche Freiburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
18.
Nun ruhen alle Wälder, BWV 756 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Petrikirche Freiburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 7 Secs. 
19.
Wir glauben all'an einen Gott, BWV 765 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Petrikirche Freiburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
20.
O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 1085 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Petrikirche Freiburg 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
21.
Prelude in G major, BWV 568 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Mühlhausen, Germany 
Venue:  Petrikirche Freiburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
22.
Fugue in G major, BWV 576 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Petrikirche Freiburg 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
23.
Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 762 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Petrikirche Freiburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 53 Secs. 
24.
O Vater, allmächtiger Gott, BWV 758 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Petrikirche Freiburg 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
25.
Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 752 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Petrikirche Freiburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 19 Secs. 
26.
Fantasie in C major, BWV 570 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1707; Arnstadt, Germany 
Venue:  Petrikirche Freiburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
27.
Prelude in C major, BWV 943 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Petrikirche Freiburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 35 Secs. 
28.
Fugue in C major, BWV 946 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Petrikirche Freiburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
29.
Concerto for Organ solo in E flat major, BWV 597: 1st movement, Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1740 
Venue:  Petrikirche Freiburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
30.
Concerto for Organ solo in E flat major, BWV 597: 2nd movement, Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1740 
Venue:  Petrikirche Freiburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
31.
Prelude in C major, BWV 567 [now known to be by J. L. Krebs] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1781 
Venue:  Petrikirche Freiburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
32.
Fugue in G major, BWV 581 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Petrikirche Freiburg 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
33.
Fugue in D major, BWV 580 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Petrikirche Freiburg 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
34.
Kleine harmonisches Labyrinth, BWV 591 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Petrikirche Freiburg 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
35.
Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Margaret Margaret Phillips (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1712; Arnstadt, Germany 
Venue:  Petrikirche Freiburg 
Length: 12 Minutes 32 Secs. 

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