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Bach: Schübler Chorales & Other Organ Works / Simon Preston


Release Date: 09/24/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 435381   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Simon Preston
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

...It is, though, in the great fugues, the preludes, Passacaglia and, above all, the toccatas that Preston is at his most impressive. There is no doubt that he ranks as one of the great organ virtuosos of our time, and with his technical bravado and wonderfully incisive feel for rhythm Preston gives us some of the most exciting and rewarding accounts of these works ever recorded... Intelligent choice of instrument is one thing, but add to this Preston’s sizzling fingerwork and unfailingly apt choice of tempo, and every one of these large works (and many of the smaller ones) is transformed into something truly memorable. My personal favourites include: BWV564 – which, after an arresting opening flourish, commands our undivided attention Read more through its erupting and cascading showers of notes; a beautifully lyrical adagio and a wonderfully ebullient Fugue – BWV542 – where he cleverly avoids any hint of pomposity in an otherwise statuesque account of the Fantasia on the full-blooded Sauer organ of St Peter’s Church, Waltrop); and best of all, the breathtakingly powerful sense of drive throughout the entire 14 minutes of the Passacaglia and Fugue, BWV582.

-- Marc Rochester, Gramophone [2000, reviewing DG 469420]
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Works on This Recording

1. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1991 
Venue:  St Peter's Cathedral, Waltrop, Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2. Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 1, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1991 
Venue:  St Peter's Cathedral, Waltrop, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3. Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 2, Wo soll ich fliehen hin?, BWV 646 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1991 
Venue:  St Peter's Cathedral, Waltrop, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
4. Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 3, Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV 647 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1991 
Venue:  St Peter's Cathedral, Waltrop, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
5. Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 4, Meine Seele erhebet den Herren, BWV 648 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1991 
Venue:  St Peter's Cathedral, Waltrop, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 20 Secs. 
6. Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 5, Ach bleib' bei uns, BWV 649 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1991 
Venue:  St Peter's Cathedral, Waltrop, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 31 Secs. 
7. Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 6, Kommst du nun, Jesu, BWV 650 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1991 
Venue:  St Peter's Cathedral, Waltrop, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 20 Secs. 
8. Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 "Great G minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1991 
Venue:  St Peter's Cathedral, Waltrop, Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 47 Secs. 
9. Toccata and Fugue in F major, BWV 540 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Date of Recording: 03/1991 
Venue:  St Peter's Cathedral, Waltrop, Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 13 Secs. 
10. Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1712; Arnstadt, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1991 
Venue:  St Peter's Cathedral, Waltrop, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 48 Secs. 
11. Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ)
Written: c1748-49 

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