J.S. Bach: Complete Organ Music, Vol. 2

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist Stefano Molardi organ
Format 4 CD
Cat. number 94792
EAN code 5028421947921
Release July 2014

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With the second volume of this complete survey of the greatest organ music ever written, we reach the summit of Bach’s output for his own instrument, the Clavierübung, a set of intricate chorale preludes structured as an ‘organ mass’ and bookended by his grandest prelude and fugue, BWV552, with its magnificent French Overturestyle prelude and inexorably pressing fugue known as the ‘St Anne’ to Anglophone listeners on account of the melody’s superficial (and coincidental) similarity to a hymn-tune of the same name.

But Molardi offers much more on this generous selection, which does not slavishly group works according to genre but offers satisfying juxtapositions of style and mood while concentrating on the mature Leipzig period from which derives Clavierübung III, and including more preludes and fugues of proto-Romantic weight of expression, climaxing in the tragic energy of the B minor pair, BWV544, which is fully worthy of its counterpart that ends the first part of the Well-Tempered Clavier. In between come more chorale preludes, mostly withdrawn and reflective in tone.

Molardi plays two instruments of a size and colour that would have been well-known to Bach himself, including a splendid Dresden instrument by the non-pareil of contemporary organ-builders, Gottfried Silbermann. With its modern recording techniques, imaginative programming, virtuosic playing and thoughtful booklet notes by Molardi himself, this cycle promises to be a definitive set of Bach organ works for our times.

Other information:
- Recorded in Germany in 2013.
- The second instalment of Stefano Molardi’s superb survey of the complete organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach offers an intelligently put together programme (not by genre or BWV number, but rather conceptually around the mood and emotional impact of the works, either by similarity or contrast) , which centres around one of the greatest cycles of the master, the Dritter Clavierübung, a set of chorale preludes structured as an “organ mass”.
- Molardi selected two historical organs which might have been known to Bach, or are at least of the kind he was familiar with: the Silbermann Organ of the Hofkirche in Dresden, and the Trost organ in Walthershausen, Thuringia, Germany.
- Molardi’s style is free and spontaneous, paying full attention to the rhetoric qualities of the works, its depth and emotional impact.
- Excellent and extensive liner notes by the artist, full organ specifications included in the booklet.
- Volume 1, BC 94850, is already available.
- Organ registration available by clicking on 'Download booklet' below the cover.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Clavierübung, Part 3: I. Prelude, BWV 552/1
  2. Clavierübung, Part 3: II. Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 669
  3. Clavierübung, Part 3: III. Christe, aller Welt Trost, BWV 670
  4. Clavierübung, Part 3: IV. Kyrie, Gott Heiliger Geist, BWV 671
  5. Clavierübung, Part 3: V. Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 672
  6. Clavierübung, Part 3: VI. Christe, aller Welt Trost, BWV 673
  7. Clavierübung, Part 3: VII. Kyrie, Gott Heiliger Geist, BWV 674
  8. Clavierübung, Part 3: VIII. Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 675
  9. Clavierübung, Part 3: IX. Trio super Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 676
  10. Clavierübung, Part 3: X. Fughetta super Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 677
  11. Clavierübung, Part 3: XI. Dies sind die heiligen zehen Gebot, BWV 678
  12. Clavierübung, Part 3: XII. Fughetta super Dies sind die heiligen zehen Gebot, BWV 679
  13. Clavierübung, Part 3: XIII. Wir gläuben all an einen Gott, BWV 680
  14. Clavierübung, Part 3: XIV. Fughetta super Wir gläuben all an einen Gott, BWV 681
  15. Clavierübung, Part 3: XV. Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 682
  16. Clavierübung, Part 3: XVI. Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 683
  17. Clavierübung, Part 3: XVII. Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 684

Disk 2

  1. Clavierübung, Part 3: XVIII. Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 685
  2. Clavierübung, Part 3: XIX. Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV 686
  3. Clavierübung, Part 3: XX. Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV 687
  4. Clavierübung, Part 3: XXI. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der von uns, BWV 688
  5. Clavierübung, Part 3: XXII. Fuga super Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 689
  6. 4 Duettos, Op. 3: Duetto No. 1, BWV 802
  7. 4 Duettos, Op. 3: Duetto No. 2, BWV 803
  8. 4 Duettos, Op. 3: Duetto No. 3, BWV 804
  9. 4 Duettos, Op. 3: Duetto No. 4, BWV 805
  10. Fugue à 5, BWV 552/2
  11. Fantasia in C Minor, BWV 1121
  12. Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV 718
  13. Fantasia super Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV 695
  14. Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542: I. Fantasia
  15. Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542: II. Fugue

Disk 3

  1. Prelude and Fugue in A Major, BWV 536: I. Prelude
  2. Prelude and Fugue in A Major, BWV 536: II. Fugue
  3. 18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651 - 668: I. Fantasia super Komm, Heiliger Geist, BWV 651
  4. 18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651 - 668: II. Komm, Heiliger Geist, BWV 652
  5. 18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651 - 668: III. An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653
  6. 18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651 - 668: IV. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654
  7. 18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651 - 668: V. Trio super Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV 655
  8. 18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651 - 668: VI. O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 656
  9. 18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651 - 668: VII. Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 657
  10. 18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651 - 668: VIII. Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, BWV 658
  11. Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 547: I. Prelude
  12. Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 547: II. Fugue

Disk 4

  1. Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 548: I. Prelude
  2. Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 548: II. Fugue
  3. 18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651 - 668: IX. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 665
  4. 18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651 - 668: X. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 666
  5. 18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651 - 668: XI. Komm, Gott, Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, BWV 667
  6. 18 Chorale Preludes, BWV 651 - 668: XII. Vor deinen Thron, tret ich, BWV 668
  7. Fugue in G Minor, BWV 578
  8. Jesus, meine Zuversicht, BWV 728
  9. Trio in C Minor, BWV 585: I. Adagio
  10. Trio in C Minor, BWV 585: II. Allegro
  11. Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV 709
  12. Prelude in A Minor, BWV 569
  13. In dich hab ich gehoffet, Herr, BWV 712
  14. Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 706
  15. Trio in G Major, BWV 586 (Allegro)
  16. Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727
  17. Prelude and Fugue in B Minor, BWV 544: I. Prelude
  18. Prelude and Fugue in B Minor, BWV 544: II. Fugue

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