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Organ Works-Complete [Box set]

J.S. Bach Audio CD

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best 3 Nov 2000
By Joel Warren Lidz, Ph.D. - Published on Amazon.com
I studied pipe organ for many years at Penn State, Harvard and elsewhere. In my estimation (and that of many others, judging from internet newsgroups) Chapuis' recording remains a first choice. Though recorded in 1968, the sound is superb,as are the instruments. The playing is very spontaneous, revealing a love of playing. There seems to be minimal editing. It's great that the set has been reissued, though it does not include the more recently discovered works...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best Bach organ interpretations overall 12 Sep 2004
By Warren P. Reier - Published on Amazon.com
I find Chapuis' interpretations very convincing, and never "rushed" (cf. ethan b's review below). The Canonic Variations are unsurpassed, so different from the usual lethargic, disengaged or pedantic treatment. His playing is astonishing--exciting, meditative, brilliant or serene, but always appropriate, always thoughtful and inspired. The engineering is another matter, but don't let it deter you unless you are an audiophile first and a music-lover second.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last, a treasure reissued! 24 July 2012
By Arthur Frame - Published on Amazon.com
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The United Archives (Red Box) set I purchased are the same wonderful recordings I acquired decades ago on Telefunken LP's. Put simply, I consider this the best "complete set", period. Yes, Chorzempa recorded a better Toccata & Fugue in d, And Biggs (can you believe it?) did a better "Little Fugue", but, overall, Chapuis is the King.

A real plus is the inclusion of pieces like the "Jig Fugue" (BWV 577) that are now considered to be spurious.

The booklet is hardly more than a program list, but the music is pure treasure.

Some advice: it may be better to pay more for a NEW set, than take a chance on a USED 14 CD set, in case you can't listen to all the discs during the 30-day return period. Some people have been known to dispose of large sets from their collection because a single bad disc lurks within.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Words cannot express 5 Jan 2006
By jumpy1 - Published on Amazon.com
At Michel Chapuis, you crazy man. You have to see a picture of this guy - [...] - Anyway, herein lies a sensitive, masterful approach to the works without histrionics. More intellectual than Piet Kee but yet a pervading loveliness, if admittedly a bit cold in some of the slower passages. Chapuis transcends simply melodic passion, communicating clearly the wealth of polyphonic wisdom to us mere idiots without losing his humaneness. The reviewer who wanted the "thundrous pedal notes" to vibrate in his sound system probably didn't realize these recordings are made on really incredibly light and clear baroque organs, not the thicker-sounding, clumsier ones most people are used to. Not that I'm an expert by any means but this is the only set of Bach organ works I've found where the playing never sounds muddled. One can follow all of the lines without needing to refer to the music. If you're looking to be awed by organ theatrics a la Hollywood zombie movies, this isn't the recording for you. But if you really want to hear Bach's ideas and enjoy complex voice leading, this may be the best out there. Also, I have listened to this entire set and feel he does not race at all - even though he does get a bit excited in the fast parts, and does speed up SLIGHTLY, i think it works - the playing is always tremendously clear even then - in a jazz sense, and he is human after all, even if his brilliance might imply otherwise. It gives the excitement of a live performance, rather than the perfect things we're getting used to on recordings. It could be a matter of taste, to be sure. But it is also true that different people track sounds and images at different speeds so perhaps the reviewer below is not able to follow at the same speed as the maestro.
7 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars whooosh! 4 Mar 2004
By "ethan_b" - Published on Amazon.com
P>I don't doubt Michel Chapuis is a skilled virtuouso at the organ but I'm afraid I feel that his interpretations of Bach as found in this set are highly pedestrian.
He seems to be in the most incredible rush to finish the recordings of the complete works. He barely ever slows down the pace to anything like conventional thinking for a given piece. I wonder if he even likes Bach.
Just occasionally the choice of registration (stops chosen) are particularly sweet and work very well, and a couple of the pieces are actually really nice, but overall I am highly disappointed with his performances and definitely would not recommend this set to anybody. Primarily (but not only) because everything is played too fast, sometimes much too fast.
The instrument is quite acceptable although frankly I feel that that this recording fails to capture the full dynamic range of the instrument and the stereo mix is uninspired with little depth.
The thunderous pedal notes for instance in Komm Gott, Schopfer, heiliger Geist BWV 631 should make my room vibrate through my studio transmission-line monitors (purchased specifically for organ listening). They don't. Quite apart from the fact he rushes that too - so the pedal notes don't get a chance for the deep sonority to develop, the pedal registration is rather gutless.
No, I didn't like Michel Chapuis' performance one little bit. I have an old vinyl recording of Ralph Downes on the stodgy organ of the Albert Hall in London (I think - without checking) and although I'm not mad on a lot of his performances either as he tends to be rather bland in his interpretations, I prefer many of his interpretations to almost every one of Chapuis'. Also the Downes recording captures much better sonically and across the stereo image the depth of the instrument itself (which is passable in a typically English style, i.e. a bit dull for Bach). I wouldn't necessarily recommend Downes' performances in their entirety either (assuming they're still available) as there are many organists I prefer to either of them - Helmut Walcha, Gillian Weir, Nicholas Danby being highest up the list for Bach (or Buxtehude or especially Gillian Weir for Baroque French organ works).
Do try to listen to selections of this recording before buying.
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