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Christopher Houlihan Plays Bach


Release Date: 02/17/2017 
Label:  Azica   Catalog #: 71314  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Houlihan
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It goes without saying that almost all serious organists regard Johann Sebastian Bach's magnificent works as the foundation of their musical art. Performed on any decent instrument dating from Bach's time forward, the composer's genius and compositional facility never fail to shine through in any of his works, be they large or small. His impeccable craftsmanship, supreme sense of musical invention, intense spirituality and unmatched contrapuntal mastery make each example a memorable and uplifting experience. Christopher Houlihan says, "The past sixty or so years have seen numerous, ground-brekaing recordings of Bach's music on historic and historically informed instruments; this recording is a decidedly modern take on this repertoire. Read more You'll hear crescendos and diminuendos as well as registration changes that are only possible on a modern organ. I do not believe this distorts Bach's genius, but rather highlights different aspects of it. It's a little like playing Bach on a piano - perhaps one doesn't play it like Liszt would have, but how much does one pretend the piano is a harpsichord?". Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 "Great G minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Houlihan (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
2.
Italian Concerto, BWV 971 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Houlihan (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 544 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Houlihan (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Trio Sonata for Organ no 6 in G major, BWV 530 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Houlihan (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
5.
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Houlihan (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
6.
Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Christopher Houlihan (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1712; Arnstadt, Germany 

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