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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good - but go for his later performance.., 27 May 2013
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This review is from: Organ Concertos (Kuhler, Gewandhausorchester, Thomas) (Audio CD)
Yes, this 1961 recorded performance is very much in the solidly played teaching style of the former DDR's 'Weimar Organ School' - which western European enthusiasts of 'a traditional ear' will much appreciate.

However, that said, I would advise any potential purchasers to buy Berlin Classic's (the former east German "edel Classics" label) 3-CD 1975 performances by the same Johannes-Ernst Kohler (Kohler was a DDR organ virtuoso, schooled by the same line as the legendary Karl Richter.)

The later 3-CD's - featuring J-EK with 'The Thuringian Chamber Orchestra of Weimar, conducted by Lother Seyfarth', offer a much cleaner, later recording and punchy Dolby sound quality! Kohler's virtuoso organ performance is just as accomplished, although he may be playing a smaller organ?

The JEK/Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig CD, despite it proclaiming "Sonic Solution's No-noise Digitally Remastering" somewhat belies its early origins, with a noticeable background hiss and thinner sound quality, which is absent on the later 'modern' 1975 recording.

PS. Check out Berlin Classic's 15-CD box of Bach's Organ Works, featuring this same man, along with approx. 9 other organists from this DDR Organ School..playing several, different sized, DDR-located Silbermann Organs! 1960's-1970's sound.
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