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J.S. Bach: Great Organ Works [CD]

Peter Hurford Audio CD
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Product details

  • Audio CD (12 Oct 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000004248
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,121 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Samples
Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. J.S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 9:170.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. J.S. Bach: Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727 2:190.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. J.S. Bach: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 ('Sleepers, awake') 5:110.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. J.S. Bach: Prelude (Fantasy) and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 - "Great"12:00Album Only
Listen  5. J.S. Bach: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 730 1:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. J.S. Bach: Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 58212:53Album Only
Listen  7. J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E flat, BWV 55215:48Album Only
Listen  8. J.S. Bach: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 5:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. J.S. Bach: Prelude (Fantasy) and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537 8:240.79  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

Samples
Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. J.S. Bach: Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C, BWV 56415:45Album Only
Listen  2. J.S. Bach: "In dulci jubilo", BWV 729 2:370.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 54310:30Album Only
Listen  4. J.S. Bach: Fantasia in G, BWV 572 7:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 53211:30Album Only
Listen  6. J.S. Bach: Nun freut euch, liebe Christen g'mein, BWV 734 2:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. J.S. Bach: Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 694 3:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. J.S. Bach: Fantasia in C minor, BWV 562 5:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. J.S. Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538 "Dorian"13:49Album Only


Product Description

2CD W/Hurford

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 31 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
A wonderful CD- the playing is sublime and the production quality is admirable. The sound is a little overpowering from time to time; you can almost feel the stonework shaking under the tremendous power of the more imposing pieces. This is balanced nicely by a choice of ethereally beautiful interpretations of quieter pieces. An absolute joy.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for the registration! 21 Mar 2006
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Well-judged tempi, good recording, the scholarship you'd expect from Mr Hurford, allied to imaginatively chosen registration. The C Minor Passacaglia & Fugue are particularly good - I've been looking for a sensitive recording of this for ages after dismissing a lot of ponderous versions which start off with the big guns already blazing!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as enthused as some here 18 Oct 2012
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I was really looking forward to an exceptional 2 CD set after reading the reviews here. I was rather disappointed.

I am not an organ scholar nor a classical music critic, so my views are as a lay person with a general interest in many genres of classical music, a lot of listening experience (live and otherwise), and two better-than-average domestic stereo systems.

I was interested to hear distinct tonal differences between the organs played, but for the most part these 1970s analogue Decca recordings do not do justice to the longest stops: all but three pieces have not much hint of anything deeper than a 16ft stop. The mid and treble ranges are clear and forward, but what other reviewers seem to regard as a "room shaking" bass register is probably well above the pitch which I presume these organs actually produce when called upon to do so.

I will not rehash the opinions of others here about the selection of music, or its interpretation, which seems to have managed to achieve something approaching a consensus. My contribution may therefore seem a little one-dimensional, but I felt the shortcomings in this respect needed airing.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach master 5 Dec 2008
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I have been familiar with Hurford's Bach ever since he recorded his 70's discs in New college Oxford when I was a student. His playing always gives great clarity to the textures and counterpoint, combining thoughtful stop registrations with exciting playing. The choice of instruments is a bonus as they are particularly suited to the playing of Bach. All in all this recording is to be recommended and bound tt be a treat for all enthusiasts.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful performances well recorded 21 Feb 2009
By James
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Here on a a budget 2CD set are all the great Bach organ works beautifully played by Peter Hurford and lovingly recorded by Decca engineers in the 1970s. The remastering is entirely successful and the sound is so clear that the bass tones can quite literally be felt in your feet. These are not organs of Bach's time, though, but full-blooded modern machines - if you seek historical authenticity look elsewhere. My only reservation with this release is the paucity of the liner notes. One and a half pages does not do justice to these masterpieces. There is no biography of Peter Hurford himself nor any elaboration on the many different organs chosen. It's not surprising CD sales are decreasing in favour of cheaper downloads.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great JS Bach Music 19 Feb 2013
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This CD sounds superb, if you have not ever heard this collection of Bach's organ music, then you are in for a treat, buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely cd 20 Nov 2012
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As a fan go organ CDs this one made a change in that a lot of the compositions are not the commen ones. Lovely sounds
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