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
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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