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Bach, Js : Organ Works - Complete Box set


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  • Performer: Ton Koopman
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (2 Mar. 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 16
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B001R3YJS8
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,740 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By P. Greenstein on 6 Jun. 2010
Ton Koopman has recorded Bach organ music for a number of labels including Novalis, DG, Hanssler, and Teldec (complete). The first issues of this Teldec series are now out of print.

The prices people are asking for used copies are pretty high but fortunately Teldec have reissued the entire set at a very reasonable price. I recommend people acquire this set sooner rather than later, before sellers put "collecter's" prices on it.

Koopman started but never finished a series in the '80's for the Novalis label. I think these must be the ones offered very cheaply on the Brilliant label. I have only one of those, Vol 2 that I bought on Ebay for $.01! That Novalis set may not be quite as well recorded as these Teldec issues and though the notes are quite good, the Teldec series has essays by the outstanding Bach scholar, Christoph Wolff.

Recorded in different locations in Germany, Austria and The Netherlands, Koopman uses authentic instruments (unlike Peter Hurford) and with ideal microphone placement (except possibly in the Trio Sonatas). These are beautiful sounding recordings. The deep bass response in this set is the best I've heard in all my Bach organ CD's.

Koopman always raised a few eyebrows with his ideas about added ornamentation. Some might call it improvisation! This did not bother me in the slightest. The playing is at times quite exciting, virtoustic and dramatic so the recordings are never dull. Exception: possibly at times in the Trio Sonatas.

In addition, these performances do not disdain what one might call the "Gothic" atmosphere in Bach.
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By MH on 19 Feb. 2015
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I thought a long time before buying this set, as I was doing a grand tour through a number of recordings. The existing reviews here, with the exception of one, were characterised by largely unfettered enthusiasm, which on occasion can mean a lot of things.
Having now heard this set, I can say that my doubts were entirely unwarranted for the excitement of the other reviewers is but a measure of how extremely good this collection is. Excellent sound illuminates the vitality, dash, vigour and delight in Koopman's playing of these works. The instruments he has chosen are beautiful in sound and depth and perfect for the repertoire and his ornamentation is entirely apposite and very refreshing to hear. The presence of the Amsterdam Baroque Choir for the chorales/chorale preludes is graceful and an excellent addition to the presentation displaying how astonishing Bach's ability was to 'spin' a variation on a chorale and make it new and wondrous.
The reviewer who was unhappy with the acoustic for the Trio Sonatas is correct only in the fact that they are not closely recorded. However, the sound is both very detailed and ethereal and reflects both the instrument (which is stunning and used to great effect in some of the larger works) and the church itself. They are just recorded differently and the effect is beautiful.
This is an exciting, vital and extremely enjoyable performance of these amazing works in brilliant sound. All enthusiasm justified.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey on 20 Feb. 2012
Please do not turn away from this box set if you've read any negative review.
This is an incredible set of Bach's organ works by an outstanding and
very experienced organist, who is also a very fine conductor of symphony
orchestras as well. The cd's in this set are all reissues of original
recordings done in individual volumes between 1995-99. They have been
out of print for many years now, and are now worth much individually.
The Teldec/Warner label has now brought them all back to life in this
wonderfully complete reissued set by Ton Koopman. I've had the originals
vol.1 and vol.2 cd's of the old first issues for many years now. And I was
truly in awe by T. Koopman's performances the very first time I had heard
them years ago. And I do in fact get goosebumps every time I hear them to this
day! There are also a lot of remarkably beautiful sung choral works in vol. 2.
I've never had the rest of T.K.'s recorded volumes in this series of his
complete Bach organ works from Teldec....until now! And I must say that the
rest of his recordings in this set are just phenomenal! I have been a great
lover of organ music most of my life, and especially of J.S. Bach. I have
heard many performers, and many variations of great organ works. Every organist
is different with their own approach to music. Mr. Koopman is among my very favorites,
he truly shines, and he definitely knows his stuff. And also, the organs T.K. uses here
in this series are very resounding and (as one reviewer already noted) atmospheric.
I am so very happy with this boxed set. I think that this is without a doubt, one
of the best investments I have ever made! I can not praise it enough.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard P on 23 Dec. 2011
This is an excellent set of recordings. He does indeed play the organs like harpsichords, and the acoustics are very atmospheric.
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