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Toccata & Fugue Import


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  • Audio CD (25 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00000E2LR
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By capezio on 13 July 2013
This is one of the greatest organ record I've ever heard of J.S.Bach BWV 565 (and Prelude, Largo and fugue BWV 529/2 and 552).

It has a transparent and spacious sound and a deep tube-pedal bass.

It's reading goes more on the slower pace, but it never looses it's profundity.

For comparison there are faster readings from Richter, Preston and T. Koopman.

For &0,46 this is a real bargain and a great delight.

I highly recommend it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Simply the Best Toccata and Fugue 12 July 2003
By James Schulze - Published on Amazon.com
The Toccata and Fugue lends itself easily to misinterpretation. Having been used as the Big Dark Castle theme in every horror cartoon since 1925, its easy for it's interpreters to take a bigger, faster, and louder approach to what could be so much more beautiful and restrained. Chorzempa's interpretation is simply stunning, and possibly like no other version you've ever heard. He is able to bring emotion out of passages that you may not have even realized existed. He plays the opening motif in a way that is light, yet grand, and this seems to be his way of interpreting the whole of the piece. The most stunning passage is the second section, where he employs dream-like stop settings and creates a call-and-response interaction between soaring arpeggios. This is not a Toccata and Fugue based on fear and power, but on true yearning and emotion. Simply incredible.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I disagree with Mr Scott Harrison 15 Jan 2008
By Simon J. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
I have to disagree with the coments on BWV 552, the St Anne. My wife left the selection of music for our marriage in 2007 to me with the proviso that she would not enter to the classic "Wedding March". I trawled through my collection of Bach to find an appropriate piece. The moment the opening phrase of the St Anne was complete, I knew this was the right piece for her entrance, both stately and majestic and at a perfect military slow march pace. Our organist knew the piece and was happy to recreate the tempo. It made our day and it brings a tear to my eye every time I hear Chorzempa play the piece.

To hear it any faster makes me feel it is being rushed.

The same is true for the Toccata & Fugue D minor (BWV 565). When I first heard this version one lunchtime on Classic FM in the UK, both my father and I stopped what we were doing, turned up the volume and listened. We have both enjoyed this piece throughout the years, but had never heard it played with such depth of feeling and emotion.

I believe, in this recording, Chorzempa projects himself through the organ in a way few other players seem to be able to do.

If you only have one CD of organ music in your collection, then this should be that CD.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Agree with reviewer # 1, Disagree with reviewer # 2 27 Mar 2007
By Gabriel Betesh - Published on Amazon.com
Yes, I listened to Alain's version that which reviewer # 2 alludes to and to me Chorzempa's verssion flows much much better than Alain's. So I totally agree with reviewer # 1. I wrote a favorable comment on that review which I will copy here. Thank you.

So, so true, over 18 years I've listened to many play this piece, including E Power Biggs and great many others. To me Chorzempa is the one to make this piece most heavenly in a gentle way like no other, which is what I think Bach meant when he wrote this.

This review is right on the money! I would've liked to have written my own review but this review is more comprehensive than what I had in mind, I can only add to it in a small fashion. Hurrah
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very Good But Slow and Prodding 7 April 2010
By Mark A. Blom - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great sounding CD great Oragn and the playing is very good but to me growing up hearing this played by Many others its just to slow of a tempo and feels like its prodding along to me.
I like the CD the Sound of this organ is amazing and it was well recorded
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Slow, plodding Bach, but played on a gorgeous sounding organ 13 May 2012
By Kenneth Bergman - Published on Amazon.com
On this CD, the American organist and harpsichordist Daniel Chorzempa plays three of Bach's organ compositions on the Bovenkerk organ in Kampen, the Netherlands. The organ is a grand old instrument dating from the 17th Century, with four manuals and pedal, that has been updated and enlarged over the years.

The famous Toccata and Fugue in D-minor (BWV 565) is believed to have been transcribed by Bach from an earlier work for two or more strings. It has a tripartite structure more typical of Buxtehude's preludes/toccatas and fugues than of most of Bach's other works in this genre, with a bravura toccata opening, followed by a fugue, and ending with another toccata. Organist Chorzempa performs the opening toccata in grand, dramatic style, ably assisted by the glorious sound of the organ, but he takes a rather slow tempo for the fugue. Granted, some organists rush through the fugue like it was a version of the Minute Waltz, but Chorzempa goes in the opposite direction, with the music plodding along. He does select appropriately contrasting stops for the echo effects in the middle section of the fugue. An indication of Chorzempa's relative slowness is that he takes 11:34 minutes for this work compared to an average of about 9 minutes.

The Prelude, Largo, and Fugue in C (BWV 545) is interesting in that the Largo is hardly ever included in performances of this work. Apparently, Bach originally wrote this work during his Weimar years but made some revisions later in Leipzig, and he may have discarded the Largo at that time. Chorzempa once again chooses rather slow tempos for this work. He uses a plenum registration for the prelude and the fugue, but lighter stops for the largo and tries to enhance its rather monotonous character with contrasting flute and reed stops. The alla breve fugue builds to an impressive climax.

Finally, there is the Prelude and Fugue in E-flat (BWV 552), originally written to provide musical bookends to the Clavier-Ubung III collection of chorale preludes. The prelude contains an elaborate fugal section of its own, and the fugue, sometimes known as the St. Anne fugue because of the resemblance of its opening theme to the hymn "O God Our Help in Ages Past" (unknown to Bach), is actually in three sections each with its own fugal theme. The opening theme is combined with the second and third themes in double fugal counterpoint. It's a great organ work, one of Bach's best, and dates from his Leipzig years. Unfortunately, Chorzempa makes hash of this noble work by choosing tempi so slow that, especially in the fugue, the music almost dies. But suddenly and inconsistently, the music springs to life when the final fugal episode is reached, in stark contrast to what preceded it. This is a very eccentric performance of BWV 552 and one definitely not to my liking!

The organ itself is a really gorgeous instrument, and the 1982 recording has great sound, so it's a shame (from my viewpoint) that the performances suffer. If you like your Bach served up slowly (very slowly in the St Anne fugue), this recording might appeal to you. Otherwise, I'd recommend avoiding it despite the glorious organ sound. It's worth noting that Bach's contemporaries commented on his surprisingly brisk tempos, so playing Bach slowly is not supported by what we know about him.

The liner notes are very brief, with a photo of the organ and a complete listing of all the stops, but nothing about the organist or the compositions.
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