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J.S. Bach: Organ Works [Robert Quinney] [Coro: COR16112]

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  • Composer: J.S. Bach
  • Audio CD (1 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Coro
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1. Toccata & Fugue in D minor (BWV 565)
2. Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (BWV 739)
3. Toccata [with Adagio & Fugue] in C (BWV 564)
4. Fuga sopra il Magnificat (BWV 733)
5. Three preludes on Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (BWV 662-664)
6. Passacaglia (BWV 582)
7. Toccata & Fugue in F (BWV 540)

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Continuing its work with the rising stars of the early music world, CORO is delighted to be releasing its second recording with one of The Sixteen Orchestra's principal members - organist Robert Quinney. This new album, which was recorded at Trinity College, Cambridge, on the beautiful Metzler Organ, features a number of virtuosic works from Bach's early years including one of the most famous pieces of organ music in the repertory - the Toccata and Fugue in D minor (BWV 565). The disc also includes the Toccata and Fugue in F (BWV 540) and the Passacaglia (BWV 582) - one of Bach's most well-known and important organ works. Robert Schumann described the variations of the Passacaglia as "intertwined so ingeniously that one can never cease to be amazed."

Robert Quinney is Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral. As Sub-Organist of Westminster Abbey he played at the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in April 2011. In addition to his daily work, he maintains a busy freelance schedule as a soloist and ensemble player, and is also Director of Oundle for Organists. His double compact disc The Grand Organ of Westminster Cathedral, recorded in 2004, was Instrumental Disc of the Month in BBC Music, earned a 5-star review in the French journal Diapason, and was an Editor's Choice in Gramophone. His first disc for CORO - J.S. Bach Trio Sonatas for Organ (COR16095) - also received excellent reviews when it was released in October 2011.


Quinney's Bach gets to the heart of the music with refreshing clarity and a communication born of genuine understanding. Bring on the next vilume soon, please. GRAMOPHONE CHOICE --Gramophone awards issue,2013

This is quite brilliant organ playing, with the most thrilling account of the D minor Toccata and Fugue I have ever heard. --IRR, Dec'13

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is becoming a great series 6 Sep 2013
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Robert Quinney and Coro have done it again with Vol.II of JS Bach's Organ Works. This is a stylish and fresh approach to these pieces (again). I didn't think that there was anything else to say about the famous Toccata and Fugue (BWV 565) but Robert Quinney plays it with a vivacious approach and particularly effective registration. Certainly not the plodding and "same ish" piece it can sometimes become.
Again, Coro have captured the Metzler organ and acoustic of Trinity College Cambridge very well. There is no harshness or blurring of sound in the recording, also helped by Robert Quinney's exceptionally articulate playing. A great disc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bach Organ from Cambridge 23 Aug 2013
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Excellent recording and good performance: some notes are played shorter than I would like (tho this does give clarity to the opening of the F Toccata)
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's hard to knock the sense of excitement and wonder Quinney creates 15 July 2013
By John J. Puccio - Published on Amazon.com
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Robert Quinney, Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral, is a relatively young man (b. 1976) insofar as classical organists are concerned, and his playing shows it. His music is full of youthful dash, vigor, and élan. Whether or not you like your J.S. Bach performed with such enthusiastic verve is obviously a matter of taste, but certainly it's good to have such choices available.

Quinney plays this second volume of Bach organ works on the Metzler Organ of Trinity College, Cambridge, which produces a gorgeous sound. This second volume concentrates on the composer's early organ music, most of it from the 1710's and 20's.

Quinney begins the program with probably Bach's most well-known organ music, the Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565. The organist attacks it with a fury, yet he doesn't actually rush it too much. Compared to four or five other recordings of the work I had on hand, Quinney is the quickest but not by much. Let's say it's about 10-20% faster than the others. It's enough, though, to supercharge the old warhorse with an extra degree of vigor that makes the interpretation sound like something fresh, new, and invigorating. Of course, he misses out on some of the music's dynamic contrasts that he might have emphasized if he had taken more time, yet that's the trade-off we have to accept for the additional thrills.

People of Bach's day considered him "the world-famous organist." He was a virtuoso on the instrument. Apparently, Mr. Quinney wants to make sure we still see Bach that way, with performances that point up the man's virtuosity (and Quinney's own). I have to admit, though, that sometimes Quinney goes so lickety-split through the readings, it's hard to tell if he isn't just showing off. He's that good.

These are performances of strength and beauty, and even if you find Quinney's style a little too relentlessly fast-paced, it's hard to knock the sense of excitement and wonder he creates. Maybe this is Bach for the twenty-first century; I don't know. I do know that while it's a little different, it is not without merit.

In terms of sound, there is good depth to the setting, as we might expect from a large chapel organ and a room providing spacious, resplendent sound. Needless to say, any good organ recording lives or dies by its bass response, and this one lives it up pretty well. The bass is very deep and very taut. Overall, we get a realistic sound in every way; very impressive.

John J. Puccio
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bach played by a master organist. 12 April 2014
By Vaski - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this CD because Robert Quinney had played a recital on the new Bunn=Minnick pipe organ at the First Presbyterian Church in London Ohio in April 2004. The people who were in the audience are still talking about the magnificence of his playing 10 years later. On this recording is the Toccata and Fugue in F Major which he played at the recital. His dazzling footwork in the Toccata comes through on this CD and the listener can visualize Quinney's feet flying over the pedals.There is a selection of compositions which demonstrate Bach's inventiveness and Quinney's skill.
Anyone who loves organ music should add this CD to their library.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Huge Disappointment 3 Jan 2014
By tsarevich - Published on Amazon.com
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I just finished listening to this new Quinney Bach CD. I have all of his previous discs, including the Westminster Abbey one, which is hands down the best recording of that great instrument ever (I've heard the Abbey organ many times in person). This latest Bach disc proves to be a surprising disappointment. Although the playing is sometimes quite thrilling, it is at other times inexplicably quirky and affected, and in some cases stodgy and conventional. However, it's in the matter of registration where Quinney fails most significantly. I knew there were going to be problems when the first pedal low D of the Toccata in d minor fell flat as a pancake. It is perhaps the most potentially dramatic single note in all the organ literature--Quinney seems not to realize that, and his pedal registration throughout the Toccata and Fugue is undistinguished, unimaginative, and most assuredly undramatic. The legendary pedal solos in the other toccatas featured suffer similarly. Perhaps the Trinity College Metzler organ is not as good as its reputation. At best, Quinney manages to make it sound inoffensive. But it's part of the organist's craft to make even mediocre organs sound better than they really are. I've heard a number of organs in the UK on which Bach could be played authentically as well as dramatically--perhaps they just weren't available. Maybe Quinney and the Metzler were just not a good match. More's the pity, for this disc could have been stunning. Instead, sadly, it's barely adequate.
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