'Orgelbuchlein'or 46 chorale preludes by Johann Sebastian Bach may seem like an insignificant work tucked in between Back's great masses, cantatas, concertos, and fugues. That is, until you perk up at the beginning of a Sunday service to discover your visiting organist is opening her service prelude with one of Bach's little preludes. You suddenly forget all the mediocre introductory music from weeks past and delight in the chords from that truly greatest of all composers.
While I am suddenly inspired to hear more different versions of this collection, Simon Preston's rendition on a famous Dutch cathedral organ is more than enough to assure me that these works are easily as interesting, albeit quite short, when compared to more famous pieces. And, it is still a thrill to find things from Bach which are quite within the skills of a single organist in a small church with a decent organ.