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Bach: Works For Organ Vol 16 - The Clock Pieces / Bowyer


Release Date: 09/07/2004 
Label:  Nimbus   Catalog #: 5734   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachCarl Philipp Emmanuel BachChristian Friedrich WittJohann P. Kellner,   ... 
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Vol. 16 of Kevin Bowyer’s survey of Bach’s organ music consists mainly of fragments, variants and misattributions, not all of which by any means were specifically intended for the organ. Among the more substantial pieces are two concertos which Bach translated to keyboard without pedals. One of them is an arrangement of the ninth concerto from Vivaldi’s first published set of such pieces for violin and strings, L’estro armonico; the other is a piece similarly arranged from a concerto by Duke Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar. Bowyer articulates them clearly and has chosen suitable tempi, but generally speaking they sound more idiomatic on a harpsichord, which was probably Bach’s preferred instrument in these instances. Nevertheless, he has left Read more us a version with pedals of the first movement of Duke Johann Ernst’s Concerto which further attests to his fascination with the contrapuntal complexities afforded by these Italianate pieces. Many of the remaining items contained in this two-CD set are by hands other than Bach’s. Some of these are more well-sustained and more entertaining than others, but Bowyer, takes us down a path that is anything but well-trodden and his programme holds much of interest in store, above all perhaps for the innocent ear. Further removed from the Bach idiom are the 18 delightful pieces inspired by the Cöthen castle clock. Notwithstanding their BWV Anhang credentials they clearly belong to a later hand, very possibly that of one of Bach’s pupils or circle of family and friends. Among many other things here which charm the senses is a cheerful Prelude by his pupil Gottfried August Homilius on the hymn melody ‘Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele’. The Marcussen organ at Odense in Denmark is a superb instrument and its character has been effectively captured by the recording.

-- Nicholas Anderson, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto in D major after Vivaldi, BWV 972 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
2.
Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV 691a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
3.
Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 545a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
4.
Prelude and Fugue in A major, BWV 536a: Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
5.
Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
6.
An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
7.
Passacaglia for Organ in D minor by Christian Friedrich Witt
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Gotha, Germany 
8.
Fugue on a theme by Legrenzi in C minor, BWV 574b by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
9.
Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 683a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
10.
Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 676a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
11.
Ich hab' mein' Sach' Gott, BWV 708a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
12.
Fugue for Organ in D minor [formerly attributed to Bach, BWV Anh. 180] by Johann P. Kellner
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
13.
Ach Gott und Herr, BWV 692 [now known to be by J.G. Walther] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
14.
Ach Gott und Herr, BWV 693 [now known to be by J.G. Walther] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
15.
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 759 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
16.
Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 760 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
17.
Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 761 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
18.
Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 549a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1707 
19.
Fugue for Keyboard in E minor by Johann Georg Albrechtsberger
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
20.
Concerto in C major after Duke Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar, BWV 984 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
21.
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543: Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?Weimar, Germany 
22.
Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 535a [fragment] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1707; Arnstadt, Germany 
23.
Fantasia super Valet will ich dir geben, BWV 735a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
24.
Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV 695A by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
25.
Pedal-Exercitium, BWV 598 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
26.
Fantasie in C major, BWV 573 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
27.
Jesu meine Freude, BWV 753 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
28.
Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 764 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1708-17; Weimar, Germany 
29.
O Trauerichkeit, o Herzeleid, BWV Anh 200 [fragment] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
30.
Jesu Leiden, Pein und Tod, BWV Anh. 57 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
31.
Pieces (18) for Musical Clock, F 207 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1759; Halle, Germany 
32.
Fugue in B flat major on B-A-C-H by Justin Heinrich Knecht
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
33.
Toccata in A major, Z D229 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
34.
Chaconne for Keyboard in B flat major, BWV Anh. 82 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
35.
Chaconne for Keyboard in A major, BWV Anh. 83 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
36.
Chaconne for Keyboard in G major, BWV Anh. 84 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
37.
Prelude and Fugue in B flat major, BWV 898 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
38.
Praeludium und Fuge for Organ in E flat major by Johann Christoph Bach
Performer:  Kevin Bowyer (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 

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