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Bach - The Organ Works [Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording reissued]

Johann Sebastian Bach , Werner Jacob Audio CD
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  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (9 Oct 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 16
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording reissued
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00004YA0W
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,650 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach's music as it was meant to be performed 26 Jan 2002
This is a fascinating collection, mainly for the reason that Werner Jacob has gone back to the original organs on which J.S. Bach originally performed the pieces. This adds a certain extra something to the work, as the individual ambience of each piece can be enjoyed in its owb special context, which is rare for compositions dating back over 200 years.
Included in this set is a series of pieces which were unearthed only in the 1980, a find indeed.
Copious information is available in a well-written book included in the box, which also helps to put each piece in its direct context.
This is most definitely a collection for any true aficionado of the organ.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Uneven and sometimes flawed 16 Oct 2008
By George Mott - Published on Amazon.com
Listening through this survey of the Bach organ works is frustrating. It is by far the worst recorded of those available, regardless of age. In the case of familiar much recorded historical instruments such as the magnificent Freiberg Silbermann organ, it is easy to compare. I suspect it is uninspired placement of microphones that often renders the sound muddy and distant. Jacob sometimes sounds very matter of fact and occasionally downright bad. It is a sloppy production in general, for instance, on Disk 11 track 10 is not the fugue of BWV 545, it is the Largo of the Trio Sonata V! This recording should not be anyone's first choice for the repertory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bach for professional listeners 30 Jan 2006
By Cora Ioan - Published on Amazon.com
What I found amazing about this boxset is the opportunity to enjoy Bach in complete form. From my point of view Passacaglia performed by Werner Jacob is a five star performance. Also BWV 593 and BWV 596 push up and show up no limits for the listener. This 16 CDs aggregate the perfect union between the artist, instrument, listener and Bach. And at the end of the day I can say that organ works can still be ... trendy. Enjoy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars For a "second opinion" 26 Sep 2013
By Alberto Lupi - Published on Amazon.com
Werner Jacob (1938-2006), was a German organist and composer, who has never made into the general public. Even Wikipedia has an article about him only in German, French and Polish. He studied music at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg im Breisgau, then in Darmstadt with Bruno Maderna and Ligeti. The year 1963 saw him appointed organist of the Dreieinigkeitskirche Nuremberg.
He has recorded the "complete works for organ by Bach" for EMI label fron 1975 to 1985 that is now collected in a box that I received as a gift.
I like as "reference edition" another that I have, that of Helmut Walcha, which definitely prefer, but only for reasons of affection: it was the first important LP I bought. Then I bought a Gesamtewerke a of an unknown organist (while walking to the train station of Padua, Italy where I was studying; and then I found Walcha digitized in a thrift store.

Jacobs is - at any rate - considered by experts critics a good interpreter, very fast in execution times, and often able to read in a personal way the joy of the religious message in the Bach chorales.
It seems to me that on the compositions, such as "passacaglia", when compared with MC Alain s' one, this recording is not awesome, but when dealing with these reissues we often find ourselves having to do with analogue recordings remastered that - it seems impossible - to give their best on high end players.
I would have purchased this as Gesamteafgabe? NO, it is worth of it? As a "second opinion" of Bach's organ works yes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bach Organ Works on original organs 24 Oct 2004
By Duane E. Crawford - Published on Amazon.com
121 organ tracks or works on 16 CDs has to be spaced out in about six days. The music is so restful I found myself dowsing. The price for a new set through Amazon was right. Bach organ hymns made Luther.
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