Time and space prohibit us from reviewing individually all 17 cds that comprise Peter Hurford's recordings of J.S. Bach organ works. Suffice to say, an overview is the most appropriate, as each of these recordings are better than the next. You simply cannot pick one out and say this is the finest, because these recordings shall never be equaled or improved upon, as they are the diamond standard by which all future ones hall be judged.
Hurford without doubt is the reincarnation of Bach, when he sits before the organ. As he plays, the emotion flows forth, without any sense of constraint or self doubt, because he is united with Johann Sebastian. He has a certain lightness of touch, be it in the lower or upper register, which gives one the sensation of intense emotion, as you listen to this glorious music, played with warmth and clarity, which befits Bach's composition.
The organs chosen are a perfect alliance for the particular pieces played upon them, best exemplified by Wachet Auf, ruft uns die stimme, BWV 645 [8/2]; beautifully played on the magnificent Casavant Freres organ in the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Toronto, Canada; Liebstr Jesu wir sind hier, BWV 754 [17/16] and Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 763 [17/24] recorded in St. Catherine's College Chapel, Cambridge,U.K., where this superb organ, Hurford, Bach and the Chapel's acoustics are in absolute unison. You cannot ask for more, because this is it!