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Best's Bach - Organ Arrangements Of William Thomas Best / Carsten Wiebusch

Bach / Wiebusch
Release Date: 04/24/2012 
Label:  Audite   Catalog #: 92663  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carsten Wiebusch
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In this hybrid Stereo-SACD, organist William Thomas Best (1826-1897), is celebrated with his arrangements of selected organ works plus the famous Chaconne for Solo Violin by J. S. Bach. Best's rethinking of Bach's music is akin to the interpretation of a great playwright by a dramatic stage director. The 'actors' and 'sets' in this case are represented in matters of organ stops, choice of tempo, articulation, registration, selection of manuals and, where appropriate, the use of the swell pedal, enabling the great free-standing organ works to appear as dramatic scenas or ballads, while the smaller-scale works and chorale preludes come across as poetry. Organist Carsten Wiebusch dramatises William Thomas Best's Bach on the new Klais organ in Read more the Christuskirche, Karlsruhe, in a way that is both poetic and powerful. This is therefore a 19th Century interpretation of Bach and totally fascinating to all fans of the pipe organ or 19th Century musical attitudes or the music Bach in general. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5th movement, Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carsten Wiebusch (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Klais Organ, Christuskirche Karlsruhe 
Notes: Arranged for pipe organ by William Thomas Best (1826 - 1897). 
2.
Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 683 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carsten Wiebusch (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carsten Wiebusch (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
4.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carsten Wiebusch (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Germany 
5.
Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 533 "Little Prelude and Fugue" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carsten Wiebusch (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1707; Arnstadt, Germany 
6.
Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carsten Wiebusch (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1712; Arnstadt, Germany 
7.
Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, BWV 733 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carsten Wiebusch (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
8.
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carsten Wiebusch (Organ)
9.
Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carsten Wiebusch (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
10.
Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend', BWV 709 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carsten Wiebusch (Organ)
Written: 1708-20 
11.
Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel, BWV 1092 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carsten Wiebusch (Organ)
Period: Baroque 

Sound Samples

Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (arr. W.T. Best for organ): Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: V. Ciaccona (arr. W.T. Best for organ)
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731
Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV 709
Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727
Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 533: Prelude
Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 533: Fugue
Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf, BWV 617
6 Schubler Chorales, BWV 645-650: Meine Seele erhebet den Herren, BWV 648
Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 636
Toccata, adagio and fugue in C major, BWV 564: Toccata
Toccata, adagio and fugue in C major, BWV 564: Adagio
Toccata, adagio and fugue in C major, BWV 564: Fugue

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Great Romantic Touches to Bach May 16, 2014 By Wil L W. (Richwood, TX) See All My Reviews "These W.T.Best arrangements of Bach are superbly played and recorded. The sound is excellent. The Romantic touches are well demonstrated." Report Abuse
 THEY SAID HE WAS A MATHEMATITION! November 30, 2012 By ROBERT E.  FOX (OCALA, FL) See All My Reviews "BACH IS LOADED WITH MELODY AND THIS MODERN, IF YOU WILL VERSION, WOULD BEAR THAT STATEMENT OUT. BACH SINGS WITNESS THE PASSACAGLIA (NUMBER 7) AND THE DRAMA OF THE TOCCATA (NUMBER 8) BACH ALSO HAS A SENSE OF HUMOR WHICH COMES ACROSS IN NUMBER 12. THE SOUND-THE COMBINATION OF S A C D AND THE SOUND OR REVERB IN THE KARLSRUHE CATHEDRAL COMBINE TO MAKE THIS C D WONDERFUL LISTENING AND ASSUAGE THE NOTION THAT ORGAN SOLO IS JUST FOR THE COGNISENTI." Report Abuse
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