Bach: Leipzig Chorales / Ghielmi

Release Date: 10/13/2009
Label: Passacaille
Catalog Number: PAS954
Number of Discs: 2

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$24.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
There have been many outstanding recordings of Bach's Leipzig Chorales, his final organ works, but this 2009 recording by Italian scholar and organist Lorenzo Ghielmi is as fine as any and better than most. Combining a superlative technique -- there's nothing here he can't play, with discerning taste -- there's nothing here that smacks of bombast, and a highly developed feel for the idiom, Ghielmi is as deeply under the skin of these pieces as could be desired. Beyond that, the Italian organist grasps the particular spirit of these Chorales and their special status as the composer's last works for the instrument with which he was most closely associated, and his interpretations are filled not just with spectacular virtuosity, but with profound feeling. Ghielmi's moving, almost otherworldly performance of Von deinen Thron tret ich, BWV 668, should inspire listeners to seek out the organist's many other recordings. Recorded in the Basilica of San Simpliciano in Milan, the digital sound is amazingly vivid and overwhelmingly immediate.

-- All Music Guide

"[Lorenzo Ghielmi's] approach to these late works is not only scholarly and technically precise, but is also musical and demonstrates his deep knowledge of the instrument and his keen logical use of certain stops to further enhance the music's message. The small independent label Passacaille always aims for excellence and I believe they have hit the bullseye in this recording."

-- Jean-Yves Duperron, Classical Music Sentinal
Works on This Recording
1. Fantasia super Komm, heiliger Geist, BWV 651 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; ?Weimar, Germany
2. Komm, heiliger Geist, BWV 652 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; ?Weimar, Germany
3. An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; ?Weimar, Germany
4. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; ?Weimar, Germany
5. Trio super Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend', BWV 655 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; ?Weimar, Germany
6. O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 656 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; ?Weimar, Germany
7. Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 657 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; ?Weimar, Germany
8. Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, BWV 658 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; ?Weimar, Germany
9. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; Germany
10. Trio super Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 660 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; ?Weimar, Germany
11. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 661 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; ?Weimar, Germany
12. Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 662 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; ?Weimar, Germany
13. Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 663 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; ?Weimar, Germany
14. Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 664 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; ?Weimar, Germany
15. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 665 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; ?Weimar, Germany
16. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 666 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; ?Weimar, Germany
17. Komm, Gott, Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, BWV 667 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; ?Weimar, Germany
18. Vor deinen Thron tret'ich hiermit, BWV 668 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1723 ; ?Weimar, Germany
19. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: 1708-1717 ; ?Weimar, Germany
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