Bach: Organ Works

Bach: Organ Works

by Karl Richter

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Overview

"Astounding" doesn't even come close to describing these '60s recordings of Bach's organ works played by Karl Richter on the Jaegerborg-Kirche organ in Copenhagen. Richter's technique is more than astounding; it is stunning in its virtuosity. While there are a handful of organists that equal Richter, there are none who surpass him. From his incredibly independent hands to his unbelievably dexterous pedals, Richter is a marvel. More than that, Richter's interpretations are more astounding; they are staggering in their profundity. From the furious raging of the "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" to the sublime exaltation of "Wachet auf, ruft unds die Stimme" to the ecstatic terror of the "Passacaglia" and "Fugue in C minor," Richter is a miracle. Deutsche Grammophone's recordings are likewise more than astounding; it is spectacular in its reality. Every combination of stops and registers, every gradation of tone from a whispered melody for thefour-foot flute to a thunderous pedal tone on the lowset A is realized in stupendous sound, placing the listener in the central pew of an almost empty Jaegerborg-Kirche. Anyone who loves great organ recordings will love these recordings.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/08/2005
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
UPC: 0028947753377
catalogNumber: 000403302
Rank: 30159

Tracks

  1. Toccata and fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37)
  2. Trio Sonata for organ No. 2 in C minor, BWV 526 (BC J2)
  3. Prelude and Fugue, for organ in D major ("Little"), BWV 532 (BC J13, 54, 70)
  4. Prelude and Fugue, for organ in A minor "The Great," BWV 543 (BC J42)
  5. Fantasia and fugue, for organ in G minor ("Great"), BWV 542 (BC J42, 57, 67)
  6. Prelude and Fugue, for organ in E flat major ("St. Anne;" Clavier-Übung III/26), BWV 552 (BC J16)
  7. Prelude and Fugue, for organ in E minor ("Wedge"), BWV 548 (BC J19)
  8. Trio Sonata for organ No. 1 in E flat major, BWV 525 (BC J1)
  9. Trio Sonata for organ No. 5 in C major, BWV 529 (BC J5)
  10. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for organ (Schübler Chorale No. 1), BWV 645 (BC K22)
  11. Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, chorale prelude for organ (Schübler Chorale No. 6), BWV 650 (BC K27)
  12. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (I), chorale prelude for organ (Achtzehn Choräle No. 4), BWV 654 (BC K77)
  13. Prelude and Fugue, for organ in B minor, BWV 544 (BC J27)
  14. Prelude and Fugue, for organ in C minor, BWV 546 (BC J12, 53, 69)
  15. Canzona, for organ in D minor, BWV 588 (BC J80)
  16. Toccata and fugue, for organ in F major, BWV 540 (BC J39, 55, 73)
  17. O Gott, du frommer Gott, chorale partita for organ, BWV 767 (BC K95)
  18. Toccata and fugue, for organ in D minor ("Dorian"), BWV 538 (BC J38)
  19. Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig, chorale partita for organ, BWV 768 (BC K96)
  20. Passacaglia and Fugue, for organ in C minor, BWV 582 (BC J79)

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