J.S. Bach: Complete Organ Music Vol.4

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist Stefano Molardi organ
Format 4 CD
Cat. number 95005
EAN code 5028421950051
Release July 2015

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The fourth volume in Stefano Molardi’s authoritative collection of J.S. Bach’s organ works, this four-CD release brings together some of the German composer’s most famous music. Chief among these is the Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV565; with its unforgettable opening bars – doubled in the octave – flourished chromaticism, pauses and arpeggios on the diminished seventh, the piece has consistently drawn much critical attention. Some scholars have debated whether it was originally written for the violin, thanks to its astonishing virtuosity and use of parallel thirds and sixths, and others have questioned whether the composition was even penned by Bach himself.

Also included on this release are the ‘Neumeister’ chorales; assembled by Johann Gottfried Neumeister in the 18th century, the collection wasn’t actually published until the 1980s, with the result that these little-recorded preludes still have plenty of room for a new interpretation.

Most impressive of all is the range of styles Bach covers in his organ works; from the northern toccata style – which the composer began to utilise after a stay in Lübeck – a working of several intricate fugues finished with a toccata-style coda, to the mid-German Sangerhausen style, featuring unusually dissonant harmonisations.

Stefano Molardi has chosen the Thielemann organ in Gräfenhain, Thuringia, especially for this release; dating from the 1720s and therefore from the time of the composer himself, its captures the spirit of the great composer’s age, lending a certain authenticity to the performances and allowing for a vast range of styles both grand and intimate.

This 4th and last instalment of Bach’s Complete Organ Works by Stefano Molardi contains some of the most famous organ works by the master: the iconic Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV 565, the complete Neumeister Chorales, and suitably finishing with one of the most shattering and original organ works ever written: the monumental Passacaglia in C minor BWV 582.
The performances by Italian master organist Stefano Molardi have gained great international acclaim, most recently highly praised in BBC 3 CD Review. Playing on historical organs from the time of Bach (here on a magnificent 1720 Thielemann organ in Gräfenhain, Germany) he combines his scholarly historical knowledge with his deep understanding of the underlying human emotions of these eternal masterpieces.
The booklet contains excellent liner notes, as well as the full specifications of the organ used.

Other information:
Recorded in Gräfenhain, Thuringia in September 2013
Contains detailed notes for every CD by the performer
Contains an organ specification
Detailed organ disposition available for each track at www.brilliantclassics.com.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 549: I. Prelude
  2. Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 549: II. Fugue
  3. Fantasia in C Major, BWV 570
  4. Chorale Preludes, BWV 714-765: Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 719
  5. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Wir Christenleut’ BWV 1090
  6. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Das alte Jahr vergangen ist BWV 1091
  7. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Herr Gott, nun schleuß den Himmel auf BWV 1092
  8. Alla breve in D Major, BWV 589
  9. Canzona in D Minor, BWV 588
  10. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen BWV 1093
  11. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: O Jesu, wie ist dein Gestalt BWV 1094
  12. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig BWV 1095
  13. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Ehre sei dir, Christe, der du leidest Not BWV 1097
  14. Fantasia and Imitation in B Minor, BWV 563
  15. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Wir glauben all’ an einen Gott BWV 1098
  16. Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV 1099
  17. Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 533: I. Prelude
  18. Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 533: II. Fugue
  19. Chorale Preludes, BWV 690-713: II. Wer nun den lieben Gott läßt walten BWV 691
  20. Chorale Preludes, BWV 690-713: I. Wer nun den lieben Gott läßt walten BWV 690
  21. Chorale Preludes, BWV 714-765: Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich BWV 732
  22. Fantasia super “Jesu, meine Freude” in E Minor, BWV 713
  23. Organ Concerto in C Major, BWV 595
  24. Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 562

Disk 2

  1. Prelude and Fugue in E Major, BWV 566: I. Prelude
  2. Prelude and Fugue in E Major, BWV 566: II. Fugue
  3. Ach, was soll ich Sünder Machen, BWV 770: Partita I
  4. Ach, was soll ich Sünder Machen, BWV 770: Partita II
  5. Ach, was soll ich Sünder Machen, BWV 770: Partita III
  6. Ach, was soll ich Sünder Machen, BWV 770: Partita IV
  7. Ach, was soll ich Sünder Machen, BWV 770: Partita V
  8. Ach, was soll ich Sünder Machen, BWV 770: Partita VI
  9. Ach, was soll ich Sünder Machen, BWV 770: Partita VII
  10. Ach, was soll ich Sünder Machen, BWV 770: Partita VIII
  11. Ach, was soll ich Sünder Machen, BWV 770: Partita IX. Adagio
  12. Ach, was soll ich Sünder Machen, BWV 770: Partita X
  13. Chorale Preludes, BWV 714-765: Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend BWV 726
  14. Chorale Preludes, BWV 714-765: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern BWV 739
  15. Pastorale in F Major, BWV 590
  16. Chorale Preludes, BWV 690-713: X. Nun komm der Heiden Heiland BWV 699
  17. Chorale Preludes, BWV 690-713: VII. Christum wir sollen loben schon BWV 696
  18. Chorale Preludes, BWV 690-713: VIII. Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ BWV 697
  19. Chorale Preludes, BWV 690-713: IX. Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn BWV 698
  20. Chorale Preludes, BWV 690-713: XI. Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her BWV 700
  21. Chorale Preludes, BWV 690-713: XII. Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her BWV 701
  22. Chorale Preludes, BWV 690-713: XIII. Das Jesulein soll doch mein Trost BWV 702
  23. Chorale Preludes, BWV 690-713: IVX. Gottes Sohn ist kommen BWV 703
  24. Chorale Preludes, BWV 690-713: XV. Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott BWV 704
  25. Fugue on a Theme by Legrenzi in C Minor, BWV 574
  26. Chorale Preludes, BWV 714-765: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 730
  27. Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 531: I. Prelude
  28. Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 531: II. Fugue

Disk 3

  1. Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565: I. Toccata
  2. Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565: II. Fugue
  3. Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn in G Major, BWV Anh.55
  4. Chorale Preludes, BWV 714-765: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her BWV 738
  5. Fugue in C Minor, BWV 575
  6. Christ, der du bist der helle Tag, BWV 766: Partita I
  7. Christ, der du bist der helle Tag, BWV 766: Partita II. Largo
  8. Christ, der du bist der helle Tag, BWV 766: Partita III
  9. Christ, der du bist der helle Tag, BWV 766: Partita IV
  10. Christ, der du bist der helle Tag, BWV 766: Partita V
  11. Christ, der du bist der helle Tag, BWV 766: Partita VI
  12. Christ, der du bist der helle Tag, BWV 766: Partita VII
  13. Prelude and Fugue in F Minor, BWV 534: I. Prelude
  14. Prelude and Fugue in F Minor, BWV 534: II. Fugue
  15. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 1100
  16. Chorale Preludes, BWV 714-765: Ach Gott und Herr BWV 714
  17. Chorale Preludes, BWV 714-765: Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder BWV 742
  18. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt BWV 1101
  19. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 1102
  20. Chorale Preludes, BWV 714-765: Vater unser im Himmelreich BWV 737
  21. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Jesu, meine Freude BWV 1105
  22. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Gott ist mein Heil, mein Hilf und Trost BWV 1106
  23. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Jesu, meines Lebens Leben BWV 1107
  24. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Als Jesus Christus in der Nacht BWV 1108
  25. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: O Herre Gott, dein göttlich Wort BWV 1110
  26. Fantasia in G Major, BWV 571: I. (Allegro)
  27. Fantasia in G Major, BWV 571: II. Adagio
  28. Fantasia in G Major, BWV 571: III. Allegro
  29. Fuga sopra il magnificat in D Dorian mode, BWV 733

Disk 4

  1. Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 546: I. Prelude
  2. Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 546: II. Fugue
  3. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Nun lasst uns den Leib begraben BWV 1111
  4. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Christus, der ist mein Leben BWV 1112
  5. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Ich hab mein Sach Gott heimgestellt BWV 1113
  6. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut BWV 1114
  7. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr BWV 1115
  8. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan BWV 1116
  9. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Alle Menschen müssen sterben BWV 1117
  10. Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt in G Major, BWV 957
  11. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Werde munter, mein Gemüte BWV 1118
  12. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Wie nach einer Wasserquelle BWV 1119
  13. Neumeister Chorales, BWV 1090-1120: Christ, der du bist der helle Tag BWV 1120
  14. Prelude and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 539: I. Prelude
  15. Prelude and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 539: II. Fugue
  16. Chorale Preludes, BWV 714-765: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr BWV 715
  17. Chorale Preludes, BWV 714-765: Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein BWV 734
  18. Chorale Preludes, BWV 714-765: Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend BWV 749
  19. Chorale Preludes, BWV 714-765: Wir glauben all’ an einen Gott BWV 765
  20. Chorale Preludes, BWV 714-765: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 731
  21. Passacaglia in C Minor, BWV 582