J. S. Bach Complete Organ Music vol. 3

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist Molardi Stefano
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 94981
EAN code 5028421949819
Release December 2014

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Here Stefano Molardi adds to his definitive survey of Bach’s complete organ music an extensive assortment of chorale preludes, concertos after other composers and some of the largest works in the great composer’s sizeable organ repertoire.
Rather than organising the music by collection, Molardi provides great variety in his recording by juxtaposing the delicacy of
works like the Trio in D minor BWV583 with the imposing Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV538 and a selection of chorale preludes from the Orgelbüchlein (small‐scale works, many under one minute in duration). The brilliant Pièce d’orgue BWV572 and the Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C BWV564 show off Bach’s compositional finesse in the French and Italian styles respectively. The fascinating Canonic Variations BWV769a (recorded here in the Leipzig manuscript version) were written as a kind of ‘entrance exam’ for the highly‐regarded Mizler society; Bach proves his ability in a rigorous
mathematical structure which remains musically exciting. Molardi plays the Zacharias Hildebrandt organ of the St. Jacobikirche, Sangerhausen, which has a close affinity with Bach’s organ music: the composer was friendly with
Hildebrandt, who lived in Leipzig from 1734. The thrilling sound and variety of tonal colour offered by this instrument allows us to hear the music as closely as possible to how Bach himself might have known it.

This third instalment of Bach’s complete organ works presents a fine and balanced selection of the intimate and the magnificent: Chorale preludes alternate with some of the most glorious and substantial organ works ever written: Toccata & Fugue in D minor, Pièce d’orgue BWV572 and the Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C major. For this recording organist Stefano Molardi chose a superb historical instrument, the Zacharias Hildebrandt organ (1728), in the St. Jacobikirche, Sängerhausen, Germany. Bach knew Hildebrandt well, and Molardi’s performance on this organ gives a particular “authentic” thrill to this recording. Stefano Molardi is unquestionably one of Italy’s foremost organists, scholar and conductors. His playing however is far from academic: lively phrased, with brisk tempi and articulations he shares the joy, wonderment and love for these eternal masterpieces!

Other informations:
Booklet contains excellent liner notes, biography and full information on the organ’s specifications.
Recorded in 2013 on an historic instrument.
Volumes 1 (BC 94850) and 2 (BC 94792) also available.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 538: Toccata
  2. Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 538: Fugue
  3. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-612: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 599
  4. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-612: Gott, durch deine Güte, BWV 600
  5. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-612: Herr Christ, der einige Gottes Sohn, BWV 601
  6. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-612: Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott, BWV 602
  7. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-612: Puer natus in Bethlehem, BWV 603
  8. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-612: Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 604
  9. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-612: Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 605
  10. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-612: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, BWV 606
  11. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-612: Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar, BWV 607
  12. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-612: In dulci jubilo, BWV 608
  13. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-612: Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich, BWV 609
  14. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-612: Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 610
  15. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-612: Christum wir sollen loben schon, BWV 611
  16. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-612: Wir Christenleut’ BWV 612
  17. 18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 659-664: IX. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 à 2 Clav. et Ped.
  18. 18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 659-664: X. Trio super Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 660 a due bassi e canto fermo
  19. 18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 659-664: XI. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 661 in organo pleno – il canto fermo nel pedale
  20. 18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 659-664: XII. Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 662 à 2 Clav. et Ped. – il canto fermo nel soprano
  21. 18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 659-664: XIII. Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 663 à 2 Clav. et Ped. – il canto fermo nel tenore
  22. 18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 659-664: XIV. Trio super Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 664

Disk 2

  1. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564: Toccata
  2. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564: Adagio
  3. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564: Fugue
  4. Trio in D Minor, BWV 583
  5. Canonic Variations on ‘Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her’, BWV 769a: Variatons 1. Canon at the Octave
  6. Canonic Variations on ‘Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her’, BWV 769a: Variatons 2. Canon at the Fifth
  7. Canonic Variations on ‘Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her’, BWV 769a: Variatons 3. Cantus firmus in canon
  8. Canonic Variations on ‘Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her’, BWV 769a: Variatons 4. Canon at the Seventh
  9. Canonic Variations on ‘Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her’, BWV 769a: Variatons 5. Augmentation Canon
  10. Chorale Preludes: XIV. In dulci jubilo, BWV 729
  11. Chorale Preludes: XI. Gottes Sohn ist kommen, BWV 724
  12. Chorale Preludes: IX. Gelobet seist du, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 722
  13. Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 551: Prelude
  14. Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 551: Fugue
  15. Chorale Preludes: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 711
  16. Chorale Preludes: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 717
  17. Chorale Preludes: Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 694
  18. Concerto in A Minor after Vivaldi, BWV 593: I. Allegro
  19. Concerto in A Minor after Vivaldi, BWV 593: II. Recitative. Adagio
  20. Concerto in A Minor after Vivaldi, BWV 593: III. Allegro

Disk 3

  1. Concerto in G Major after Johann Ernst von Sachsen-Weimar, BWV 592: I. Allegro
  2. Concerto in G Major after Johann Ernst von Sachsen-Weimar, BWV 592: II. Grave
  3. Concerto in G Major after Johann Ernst von Sachsen-Weimar, BWV 592: III. Presto
  4. Chorale Preludes: Fantasia super Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält, BWV 1128
  5. Fugue in G Major, BWV 577, BC. J61
  6. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 632-644: Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV 632
  7. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 632-644: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 634 à 2 Clav. et Ped.
  8. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 632-644: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 633
  9. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 632-644: Dies sind die heilgen zehn Gebot’, BWV 635
  10. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 632-644: Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 636
  11. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 632-644: Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 637
  12. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 632-644: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BWV 638
  13. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 632-644: Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
  14. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 632-644: In dich hab ich gehoffet, Herr, BWV 640
  15. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 632-644: Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 641
  16. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 632-644: Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten, BWV 642
  17. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 632-644: Alle Menschen müssen sterben, BWV 643
  18. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 632-644: Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig BWV 644
  19. Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 537: Fantasia
  20. Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 537: Fugue
  21. Chorale Preludes: Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein, BWV 741
  22. Pièce d’orgue in G Major, BWV 572: I. Très vitement
  23. Pièce d’orgue in G Major, BWV 572: II. Gravement
  24. Pièce d’orgue in G Major, BWV 572: III. Lentement