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Organ Master Series - Gillian Weir Plays Bach


Release Date: 05/25/2004 
Label:  Priory Records   Catalog #: 753   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 36 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

156 minutes of organ bliss as Dame Gillian Weir’s acclaimed Bach series continues in welcome style.

The area of Bach organ recordings is terribly overcrowded these days, with strong ‘complete’ editions from Bowyer, Herrick, Koopman et al, but I urge all readers to squeeze just those few extra millimetres of shelving to accommodate this third volume of Dame Gillian Weir’s highly acclaimed Bach series. As with the first two volumes, she has chosen instruments designed by her late husband, the North American organbuilder and musician Lawrence Phelps (1923-99). The honours are split fairly evenly between the three-manual built in 1970 for Toronto and the 1974 two-manual in Colorado.

Her playing during these
Read more two and a half hours of organic bliss really is beyond all praise. From the unfussy Schübler Chorale Prelude on Wachet auf! at the start of disc 1, until the sparkling eighth variation on O Gott du frommer Gott, on disc 2, we are whisked along through the Clavier-Übung III. Weir pays scrupulous attention to the text, at the same time bringing a poetic tenderness to even the most convoluted counterpoint. A combination of colourful registrations, steady wind and a wonderful sense of line and forward direction make a thrilling tour de force. Nothing sounds contrived. Judicious tempi allow one to relish the most delicious of Bach’s harmonic progressions.

The accompanying documentation, including a highly readable commentary, must be Priory’s most sumptuously appointed booklet to date. The sound is close-miked but not intrusive. Volume 4 (St Thomas’s, Leipzig) promises to be even more attractive.

-- Malcolm Riley, Gramophone [6/2004]
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Works on This Recording

1. Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Written: c1748-49 
Notes: St. Luke's Episcopal Churc, Fort Collins, Colorado 
2. Pastorale in F major, BWV 590 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1710; Weimar, Germany 
Notes: St. Luke's Episcopal Churc, Fort Collins, Colorado 
3. Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her, BWV 769 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: St. Luke's Episcopal Churc, Fort Collins, Colorado 
4. Partite sopra "O Gott, du frommer Gott", BWV 767 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1700; Lüneburg, Germany 
Notes: St. Luke's Episcopal Churc, Fort Collins, Colorado 
5. Duet for Organ in E minor, BWV 802 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739 
6. Duet for Organ in F major, BWV 803 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739 
7. Duet for Organ in G major, BWV 804 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739 
8. Duet for Organ in A minor, BWV 805 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739 
9. Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 672 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
10. Christe, aller Welt Trost, BWV 673 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
11. Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 674 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
12. Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 675 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
13. Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 677 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
14. Dies sind die heiligen zehen Gebot, BWV 679 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
15. Wir gläuben all'an einen Gott, BWV 681 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
16. Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 683 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
17. Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 685 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
18. Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV 687 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
19. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 689 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
20. Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 669 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
21. Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV 552 "St Anne" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gillian Weir (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739; Leipzig, Germany 

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