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Bach: Passacaglia In C Minor, Etc / Gisbert Schneider


Release Date: 04/29/2003 
Label:  Cybele   Catalog #: 30202   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gisbert Schneider
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.

R E V I E W S

Gisbert Schneider plays powerful, even relentless Bach. The two preludes and fugues feature uninhibited virtuosity at purposeful but never excessively hasty tempos. In the Passacaglia, Schneider opens with some truly grinding pedal sonorities that give the music a "Gothic horror" character that's quite impressive. He's more yielding, though, in the chorale arrangements, particularly in the great Partita "Se gegrüsset, Jesu gütig" where he finds some aptly misty tone colors in its quieter sections. Indeed, the entire program has been carefully arranged to offer a well-calculated pattern
Read more of tension and release that makes the entire recital quite easy to enjoy at a single sitting, though in the louder numbers there's always the risk of aural fatigue, a factor that will weigh differently with individual listeners.


The famous Silbermann organ in Freiberg Cathedral has been frequently recorded over the years by numerous labels, particularly in the music of Bach, for which it is particularly well suited. One of Denon's finest early digital recordings featured this same instrument (played by Hans Otto), and this new recording by Cybele offers similarly impressive results in SACD multi-channel format. It is, in fact, a model of how this sort of music ought to sound. There's no excessive recourse to the rear channels, nor is there an excess of reverberation muddying the textures. Rather, the tones of the organ seem to exist in midair, in a realistic three-dimensional space that envelops the listener without ever drawing attention to the recording's purely technical aspects. As a demonstration of the new format this is most impressive, and it's pretty darn good Bach too.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Partite sopra Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig, BWV 768 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gisbert Schneider (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1700; Lüneburg, Germany 
Venue:  Cathedral, Freiberg, Germany 
2.
Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 663 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gisbert Schneider (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Cathedral, Freiberg, Germany 
3.
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gisbert Schneider (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Cathedral, Freiberg, Germany 
4.
Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582: Passacaglia by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gisbert Schneider (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Arnstadt, Germany 
Venue:  Cathedral, Freiberg, Germany 
Notes: Composition written: Arnstadt, Germany (Circa 1708 - Circa 1712). 
5.
Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 546 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gisbert Schneider (Organ)
Venue:  Cathedral, Freiberg, Germany 
Notes: Composition written: ?Weimar, Germany (1708 - 1717). 
6.
Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 547 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gisbert Schneider (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1723; ?Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  Cathedral, Freiberg, Germany 

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