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Bach: Great Organ Works / Wolfgang Rübsam


Release Date: 09/16/2008 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 464988   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here are valuable performances of some of the great Bach organ works, in stimulating and authoritative readings from organist Wolfgang Rubsam. It's a collection most useful for those interested in token representation of these works in a general CD library. More demanding organ enthusiasts, though, will find aspects of Philips' presentation less satisfactory--in particular the sparse documentation and a booklet essay that leaves out much of the information you'd usually consider to be essential. These accounts were recorded in 1977 and first issued a year later; however, there is no mention of the particular instrument(s) employed, which is a pity as the details doubtless would be appreciated by organ devotees (besides the fact that such Read more information is de rigueur for recordings in this genre).

Naturally enough, this set opens with a brilliant account of the best known of all Bach's organ works (and ironically, one he probably didn't even write), the Toccata in D minor BWV 565. Rubsam gives a text-book reading, and his imaginative registrations and alert phrasing are typical of the various accounts collected here. Another prominent highlight is the G minor Fantasia BWV 542, a thrillingly engineered and sonorous performance, very much in typical 19th-century guise, with plenty of surprisingly effective romantic and dramatic touches. There's also a selection of chorale preludes from the Orgel-Buchlein, including many of the best-known settings, again agreeably and intelligently played.

Disc 2 begins with the imposing Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor BWV 582 and proceeds to showcase a series of well-known pieces, climaxing with a majestic reading of the Prelude & Fugue in E-flat ("St. Anne") BWV 552. These are admirable performances, but doubtless the lack of documentation concerning Rubsam's instrument (or instruments) is a drawback that some listeners inevitably will find annoying.

--Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Germany 
2.
Concerto for Organ solo in A minor, BWV 593 (after Vivaldi) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
3.
Orgelbüchlein: Nun komm'der Heiden Heiland, BWV 599 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1713-1717; Weimar, Germany 
4.
Orgelbüchlein: In dulci jubilo, BWV 608 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1713-1717; Weimar, Germany 
5.
Orgelbüchlein: In dir ist Freude, BWV 615 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1713-1717; Weimar, Germany 
6.
Orgelbüchlein: O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sünde gross, BWV 622 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1714-1717; Weimar, Germany 
7.
Orgelbüchlein: Christ Lag in Todesbanden, BWV 625 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713-1724; Weimar, Germany 
8.
Orgelbüchlein: Dies sind die heil'gen zehn Gebot, BWV 635 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
9.
Orgelbüchlein: Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 636 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1715; Weimar, Germany 
10.
Orgelbüchlein: Durch Adams fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 637 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1714; Weimar, Germany 
11.
Orgelbüchlein: Ich ruf'zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1713-1717; Weimar, Germany 
12.
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 "Great G minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
13.
Trio Sonata for Organ no 1 in E flat major, BWV 525 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
14.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538 "Dorian" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
15.
Trio for Organ in G major, BWV 1027a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
16.
Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1712; Arnstadt, Germany 
17.
An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653b by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
18.
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
19.
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
20.
Fugue on a theme by Corelli in B minor, BWV 579 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Arnstadt, Germany 
21.
Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 1, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
22.
Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 6, Kommst du nun, Jesu, BWV 650 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
23.
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
24.
Erbarm' dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
25.
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 730 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
26.
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
27.
Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV 552 "St Anne" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739; Leipzig, Germany 

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