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Bach: Organ Works / Helmut Walcha


Release Date: 04/05/2011 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 463017  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Helmut Walcha
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

Special Order: This CD requires additional production time and ships within 2-3 weeks.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

...In contrast to the imposing, multi-tiered Romantic instruments championed by many players in the first half of the 20th century, Walcha favored organs of Bach's time, or at least those restored as close as possible to original specifications. His manual dexterity allowed no blurred lines or smudged textures, while he commanded one of the supplest pedal techniques in the business... The trio sonatas, for instance, have rarely been matched for hand and foot equilibrium, yet are never virtuosic for their own sake. The mighty Preludes and Fugues...achieve grandeur through line rather than mass, with steady, fluid rhythm. Walcha also "orchestrates" the chorale preludes in the image of a singer with a small, responsive chamber Read more ensemble.

Younger organists like Peter Hurford might adopt livelier tempos at times, with a more liberal attitude toward ornamentation, yet this takes nothing away from Walcha's deep musicality and profound affinity for Bach's polyphonic idiom... In sum, Walcha's Bach holds a similar place in the annals of recording to Fischer-Dieskau's Schubert, Toscanini's Verdi, and Gieseking's Debussy.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
reviewing the box set of Walcha's DG Bach recordings, DG 463712
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Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude and Fugue in A major, BWV 536 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Helmut Walcha (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
2.
Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 545 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Helmut Walcha (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
3.
Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548 "Wedge" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Helmut Walcha (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Toccata and Fugue in F major, BWV 540 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Helmut Walcha (Organ)
5.
Fantasie in G major, BWV 572 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Helmut Walcha (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1706; Arnstadt, Germany 
6.
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 "Great G minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Helmut Walcha (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 

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