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Bach: Complete Toccatas & Fugues / David Schrader


Release Date: 08/24/1996 
Label:  Cedille Records   Catalog #: 6   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Schrader
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

To most people, Wausau, Wisconsin brings to mind insurance, mostly the TV commercials where everyone mispronounces the town's name. But to organ aficionados, the town located amid central Wisconsin's farms and forests is the home of one of the finest north German-style organs in American -- the Jaeckel organ at Salem Lutheran Church.

This CD is the first commercial recording of the Wausau organ, which is modeled after the organs Bach knew quite well, particularly the beautiful instruments of Arp Schnitger (1648-1719) upon which organ-builder Daniel Jaeckel modeled this organ in Wausau.

Schrader says "its highly expressive winding heightens the vocal character on which Bach's contrapuntal music is based. On
Read more this organ, Bach's music sings as freshly today as it did when it was new."

In contrast to many other Bach organ interpreters, Schrader presents an unromanticized, more authentically baroque performance -- crisp attacks, generally faster tempos, and tasteful ornamentation including a cadenza near the end of the C-major toccata. This style is particularly well-suited to the Jaeckel organ.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude and Fugue in E major, BWV 566 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Schrader (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Mühlhausen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1991 
Venue:  Salem Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin 
Length: 10 Minutes 28 Secs. 
2.
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Schrader (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1991 
Venue:  Salem Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin 
Length: 15 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538 "Dorian" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Schrader (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1991 
Venue:  Salem Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin 
Length: 12 Minutes 38 Secs. 
4.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Schrader (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1991 
Venue:  Salem Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin 
Length: 8 Minutes 10 Secs. 
5.
Toccata and Fugue in F major, BWV 540 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Schrader (Organ)
Date of Recording: 07/1991 
Venue:  Salem Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin 
Length: 12 Minutes 53 Secs. 
6.
Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548 "Wedge" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Schrader (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/1991 
Venue:  Salem Lutheran Church, Wausau, Wisconsin 
Length: 12 Minutes 14 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Prelude and Fugue in E major, BWV 566: Toccata and Fugue in E major, BWV 566
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
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538, "Dorian": Toccata
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538, "Dorian": Fugue
Toccata and Fugue in F major, BWV 540: Toccata
Toccata and Fugue in F major, BWV 540: Fugue
Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548, "Wedge": Prelude
Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 548, "Wedge": Fugue

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