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
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
Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 546 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Gisbert Schneider (Organ)
Venue: Cathedral, Freiberg, Germany
Notes: Composition written: ?Weimar, Germany (1708 - 1717).
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