J.S. Bach: Toccata & Fugue - Famous Organ Music

J.S. Bach: Toccata & Fugue - Famous Organ Music
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist Stefano Molardi organ
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 95166
EAN code 5028421951669
Release February 2016

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There is no piece of music as synonymous with the organ than J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV565: the two-note introductory motif is as well recognised as the opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and has featured widely in popular culture – in films such as Disney’s Fantasia and The Phantom of the Opera. Interestingly, it may actually be an arrangement for organ of an original work for violin, possibly not even by Bach himself! However, regardless of its authenticity, it is this fantastical and much-loved piece that opens Stefano Molardi’s recital of Bach’s greatest compositions for the ‘king of instruments’.

Molardi’s programme continues with major works such as the Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C BWV564 and the monumental Passacaglia in C minor BWV582, interspersed with more delicate pieces from the composer’s different collections of chorale preludes – the Orgelbüchlein, ‘Schübler’ Chorales and third part of the Clavierübung. The Trio Sonata in C BWV529 adds some great variety to the compilation, and is a feat of technical ingenuity, with three individual melodies taken up by each hand and the feet of the player. This two-disc set brings together the best-known organ works by its greatest patron: a perfect introduction to organ music for a beginner, and a marvellous addition to the collection of an enthusiast already well-versed in the repertoire. Award-winning organist, harpsichordist, conductor and scholar Stefano Molardi is a peerless interpreter, with his ongoing recording of Bach’s Complete Organ Music for Brilliant Classics now into its third volume (BC94981). The instruments heard on this album date from Bach’s time, therefore bringing us as close as possible to the soundworld of the great Leipzig Cantor and allowing us to hear them as he might have done himself.

This 2CD set presents a selection of the most famous, best-loved organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach, ranging from intimate Choralvorspiele, ingenious fugues, a sparkling Concerto transcription to the monumental Toccata & Fugue in D minor and the towering Passacaglia in C minor.
Award-winning organist, harpsichordist, conductor and scholar Stefano Molardi is a peerless interpreter, having complete the recording of Bach’s Organ Music for Brilliant Classics (BC 95105). The instruments heard on this album date from Bach’s time (Silbermann, Trost, Thielemann, Hildebrandt) therefore bringing us as close as possible to the sound world of the great Leipzig Cantor and allowing us to hear them as he might have done himself.
Booklet contains newly written liner notes.

Booklet includes liner notes and artist biography.
Recorded in 2013 on four historic instruments.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565: I. Toccata
  2. Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565: II. Fugue
  3. Das Orgel-Büchlein: Gott, durch deine Güte, BWV 600
  4. Das Orgel-Büchlein: Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 605 à 2 Clav. et Ped.
  5. Das Orgel-Büchlein: Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar, BWV 607
  6. Das Orgel-Büchlein: In dulci jubilo, BWV 608
  7. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564: I. Toccata
  8. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564: II. Adagio
  9. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564: III. Fugue
  10. Das Orgel-Büchlein: Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
  11. Das Orgel-Büchlein: Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 641
  12. Organ Concerto in A Minor, BWV 593: I. Allegro
  13. Organ Concerto in A Minor, BWV 593: II. Recitative. Adagio
  14. Organ Concerto in A Minor, BWV 593: III. Allegro
  15. 18 Chorale Preludes: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 à 2 Clav. et Ped.
  16. 18 Chorale Preludes: Trio super Allein Gott in der Höh sei Her, BWV 664
  17. Passacaglia in C Minor, BWV 582

Disk 2

  1. Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542: I. Fantasia
  2. Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542: II. Fugue
  3. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme in E-Flat Major, BWV 645
  4. Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, BWV 650
  5. Organ Sonata No. 5 in C Major, BWV 529: I. Allegro
  6. Organ Sonata No. 5 in C Major, BWV 529: II. Largo
  7. Organ Sonata No. 5 in C Major, BWV 529: III. Allegro
  8. Das Orgel-Büchlein: O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß, BWV 622
  9. Das Orgel-Büchlein: Hilf, Gott, daß mir’s gelinge, BWV 624
  10. Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 538: I. Toccata
  11. Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 538: II. Fugue
  12. Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 684
  13. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654 à 2 Clav. et Ped.
  14. Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541: I. Prelude
  15. Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541: II. Fugue