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Bach, J.S.: The Organ Works (17 CDs) Box set

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  • Audio CD (20 Nov. 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 17
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0000041KD
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 1. Toccata
  2. 2. Fugue
  3. Prelude and Fugue in G, BWV 550
  4. 1. Prelude
  5. 2. Fugue
  6. Prelude and Fugue in C, BWV 531
  7. Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 549
  8. Prelude
  9. Fugue
  10. Toccata
  11. Fugue

Disc: 2

  1. 1. Toccata
  2. 2. Adagio
  3. 3. Fugue
  4. Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, BWV 561 (spurious)
  5. Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 533
  6. Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 551
  7. Little Harmonic Labyrinth, BWV 591
  8. 1. Prelude (Toccata)
  9. 2. Fuga
  10. Trio in C minor, BWV 585 (by Fasch)
  11. 1. Fantasy
  12. 2. Fugue

Disc: 3

  1. Fantasia in G, BWV 572
  2. Fugue in B minor, BWV 579 on a theme by Corelli
  3. Trio in D minor, BWV 583
  4. Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 535
  5. Fantasia in C minor, BWV 562
  6. Fugue in G, BWV 577
  7. 1. Fantasy
  8. 2. Fugue
  9. Fugue in G, BWV 576
  10. Fugue in c minor, BWV 575
  11. Fugue in G, BWV 581 Anh.II 42
  12. Fantasia and Fugue in C, BWV 570 and BWV 946
  13. Pedal Exercise, BWV598 (Improvisation by Bach; notated by Thieme)
  14. Passacaglia
  15. Fugue

Disc: 4

  1. 1. Prelude
  2. Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 669
  3. Christe, aller Welt Trost, BWV 670
  4. Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 671
  5. Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 676
  6. Die sind die heil'gen zehn Gebot', BWV 678
  7. Wir glauben all'an einen Gott, BWV 680
  8. Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 682
  9. Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 684
  10. Aus tiefer Not schrei' ich zu dir, BWV 686
  11. Jesus Christus unser Heiland, BWV 688
  12. 2. Fugue

Disc: 5

  1. Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 672
  2. Christe, aller Welt Trost, BWV 673
  3. Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 674
  4. Allein Gott in der Höh'sei Ehr', BWV675
  5. Fughetta super: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 677
  6. Fughetta super: Dies sind die heil'gen zehn Gebot, BWV 679
  7. Fughetta super: Wir glauben all an einen Gott, BWV 681
  8. Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 683
  9. Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV 685
  10. Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV 687
  11. Fuga super: Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 689
  12. Wer nun der lieben Gott läßt walten, BWV 690
  13. Wer nun den lieben Gott läßt walten, BWV 691
  14. Ach Gott und Herr, BWV 692 Anh.III 172
  15. Ach Gott und Herr, BWV 693 Anh.III 172
  16. Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 694
  17. Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 695
  18. Fughetta: Christum wir sollen loben schon, BWV 696
  19. Fughetta; Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 697
  20. Herr Jesu Christ, der ein'ge Gottes-Sohn, BWV 698
  21. Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland, BWV 699
  22. Vom Himmel hoch, BWV 700
  23. Fughetta: Vom Himmel hoch, BWV 701
  24. Das Jesulein soll doch mein Trost, BWV 702
  25. Gottes Sohn ist kommen, BWV 703
  26. Fughetta: Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott, BWV 704
  27. Durch Adam's Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 705
  28. Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 706
  29. Ich hab' mein Sach' Gott heimgestellt, BWV 707
  30. Ich hab' mein Sach' Gott heimgestellt, BWV 708
  31. Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV 709
  32. Wir Christenleut, BWV 710
  33. Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 711
  34. In dich hab' ich gehoffet, BWV 712
  35. Jesu, meine Freude, (Fantasia), BWV 713

Disc: 6

  1. 1. (Allegro moderato)
  2. 2. Adagio
  3. 3. Allegro
  4. 1. Vivace
  5. 2. Largo
  6. 3. Allegro
  7. 1. Andante
  8. 2. Adagio e dolce
  9. 3. Vivace
  10. 1. Adagio - Vivace
  11. 2. Andante
  12. 3. Un poco allegro
  13. 1. Allegro
  14. 2. Largo
  15. 3. Allegro
  16. 1. Vivace
  17. 2. Lento
  18. 3. Allegro

Disc: 7

  1. Ach, was soll ich Sünder machen, BWV 770
  2. Christ, der Du bist der helle Tag, BWV 766
  3. O Gott, Du frommer Gott, BWV 767
  4. Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her, BWV 769
  5. Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig, BWV 768

Disc: 8

  1. Allein Gott in der Höh Ehr, BWV 771
  2. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 ('Sleepers, awake')
  3. Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 646
  4. Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten, BWV 647
  5. Meine Seele erhebet den Herren, BWV 648
  6. Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 649
  7. Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, BWV 650
  8. Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 730
  9. Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731
  10. Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich, BWV 732
  11. Fuga sopra il Magnificat, BWV 733
  12. Nun freut euch, liebe Christen g'mein, BWV 734
  13. Fantasia Super: Valet will ich dir geben, BWV 735
  14. Valet will ich dir geben, BWV 736
  15. Vater unser im Himmelreich, Chorale Prelude BWV 737
  16. Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, BWV 738
  17. Chorale "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern", BWV 739
  18. Wir glauben all' an einen Gott, Vater, BWV 740

Disc: 9

  1. 1. -
  2. 2. Grave
  3. 3. Presto
  4. 1. -
  5. 2. Adagio
  6. 3. Allegro
  7. 1. -
  8. 2. Recitativ adagio
  9. 3. Allegro - solo
  10. Concerto in C, BWV 595
  11. 1. (without tempo indication)
  12. 2. Fugue
  13. 3. Finale
  14. Konzert nach einem unbekannten Vorbild, BWV 597 Anh.II 46
  15. Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend', BWV 726
  16. Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727
  17. Jesus, meine Zuversicht, BWV 728
  18. "In dulci jubilo", BWV 729

Disc: 10

  1. Der Tag ist so freudenreich, BWV 719
  2. Wir Christenleut, BWV 1090
  3. Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV 1091
  4. Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf, BWV 1092
  5. Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrochen, BWV 1093
  6. O Jesu, wie ist dein Gestalt, BWV 1094
  7. O Lamm Gottes unschuldig, BWV 1095
  8. Christe, der du bist Tag und Licht, BWV 1096
  9. Ehre sei dir, Christe, der du leidest Not, BWV 1097
  10. Wir glauben all an einen Gott, BWV 1098
  11. Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV 1099
  12. Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1100
  13. Ach Gott und Herr, BWV 714
  14. Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder, BWV 742
  15. Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 1101/598
  16. Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1102
  17. Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort, BWV 1103
  18. Wenn dich Unglück tut greifen an, BWV 1104
  19. Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 1105
  20. Gott ist mein Heil, mein Hilf und Trost, BWV 1106
  21. Jesu, meines Lebens Leben, BWV 1107
  22. Als Jesus Christus in der Nacht, BWV 1108
  23. Ach Gott, tu dich erbarmen, BWV 1109
  24. O Herre Gott, dein göttlich Wort, BWV 1110
  25. Nun lasst uns den Leib begraben, BWV 1111
  26. Christus, der ist mein Leben, BWV 1112
  27. Ich hab mein Sach Gott heimgestellt, BWV 1113
  28. Herr Jesu Christ, du höchtes Gut, BWV 1114
  29. Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr, BWV 1115
  30. Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV 1116
  31. Alle Menschen müssen sterben, BWV 1117

Disc: 11

  1. Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt
  2. Werde munter, mein Germüte, BWV 1118
  3. Wie nach einer Wasserquelle, BWV 1119
  4. Christ, der du bist der helle Tag, BWV 1120
  5. Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, BWV 651
  6. Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, BWV 652
  7. An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV653b
  8. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654
  9. Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend', BWV 655
  10. O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV656
  11. Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 657
  12. Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, BWV 658
  13. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
  14. Trio super: Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland, BWV 660
  15. Nun komm' der Heiden Heiland, BWV 661
  16. Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 662

Disc: 12

  1. Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr, BWV 663
  2. Trio Super: Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr, BWV 664
  3. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV665
  4. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 666
  5. Komm', Gott, Schöpfer, heiliger Geist, BWV 667
  6. Vor deinen Thron tret' ich, BWV 668
  7. O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, NBA
  8. Ach Gott und Herr, BWV 714
  9. Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 715
  10. Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 716
  11. Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 717
  12. Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 718
  13. Der Tag ist so freudenreich, BWV 719
  14. Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 720
  15. Erbarm' dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721
  16. Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 722
  17. Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 723
  18. Gottes Sohn ist kommen, BWV 724
  19. Herr Gott Dich loben wir, BWV 725

Disc: 13

  1. Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 553
  2. Prelude and Fugue in D minor, BWV 554
  3. Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 555
  4. Prelude and Fugue in F major, BWV 556
  5. Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 557
  6. Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 558
  7. Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 559
  8. Prelude and Fugue in B flat major, BWV 560
  9. Trio in G, BWV 586 (Telemann transc. Bach)
  10. 1. Prelude
  11. 2. Fugue
  12. Trio in G minor, BWV 584 Anh.II 46
  13. 1. Prelude
  14. 2. Fugue
  15. Prelude
  16. Fugue
  17. Allabreve in D, BWV 589
  18. Prelude in G, BWV 568
  19. Fuge in D, BWV 580 Anh.II 42
  20. 1. Prelude
  21. 2. Fugue

Disc: 14

  1. 1. Prelude
  2. 2. Fugue
  3. Prelude in C, BWV 567
  4. Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 "The Little"
  5. Canzona in D minor, BWV 588
  6. Prelude in A minor, BWV 569
  7. Fugue in C minor on a theme by Legrenzi, BWV 574
  8. Pastoral in F, BWV 590
  9. Fantasy in G, BWV 571 (spurious)
  10. Aria in F, BWV 587
  11. 1. Prelude
  12. 2. Fugue

Disc: 15

  1. 1. Toccata
  2. 2. Fugue
  3. Fantasia con imitazione in B minor, BWV 563
  4. 1. Prelude
  5. 2. Fugue
  6. Prelude
  7. Fugue
  8. Prelude
  9. Fugue
  10. Trio in G dur, BWV 1027a (transc. Vla da gamba Sonata, BWV1027, m ovt. 3)
  11. Prelude
  12. Trio
  13. Fugue
  14. Ricercar in C minor, BWV 1079, No. 5
  15. Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 535a (incomplete)

Disc: 16

  1. Nun, komm' der Heiden Heiland, BWV 599 - transcribed for organ
  2. Gott, durch deine Güte, BWV600
  3. Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottes-Sohn, BWV601
  4. Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott, BWV602
  5. Puer natus in Bethlehem, BWV603
  6. Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV604
  7. Der Tag, der ist so Freudenreich, BWV605
  8. Von Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her, BWV606
  9. Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar, BWV607
  10. In dulci jubilo, BWV608
  11. Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich, BWV609
  12. Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 610
  13. Christum wir sollen loben schon, BWV611
  14. Wir Christenleut', BWV612
  15. Helft mir Gottes güte preisen, BWV613
  16. Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV614
  17. In der ist Freude (Fantasia), BWV 615
  18. Mit Fried' und Freud' ich fahr dahin, BWV616
  19. Herr Gott, nun schleuß den Himmel auf, BWV617
  20. O Lamm Gottes unschuldig, BWV618
  21. Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV619
  22. Christus der uns selig macht, BWV620
  23. Da Jesu an denm Kreuze stund, BWV621
  24. O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sünde groß, BWV622
  25. Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV623
  26. Hilf Gott, daß mir es gelinge, BWV624
  27. Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 625
  28. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV626
  29. Christ ist erstanden, BWV627
  30. Erstanden ist der heil'ge Christ, BWV628
  31. Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag, BWV629
  32. Heut' triumphieret Gottes Sohn, BWV630
  33. Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist, BWV631
  34. Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend', BWV632
  35. Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV633
  36. Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV634
  37. Dies sind die heil'gen zehn Gebot, BWV635
  38. Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV636
  39. Durch Adam's Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV637
  40. Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BWV638
  41. Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639

Disc: 17

  1. In dich hab' ich gehoffet, Herr, BWV640
  2. Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV641
  3. Wer nur den lieben Gott Läßt walten, BWV642
  4. Alle Menschen müssen sterben, BWV643
  5. Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig, BWV644
  6. Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein, BWV 741
  7. Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder, BWV 742
  8. Ach, was ist doch unser leben, BWV 743
  9. Auf meinen lieben Gott, BWV 744
  10. Aus der tiefe rufe ich, BWV 745
  11. Christ ist erstanden, BWV 746
  12. Christus der uns selig macht, BWV 747
  13. Gott der Vater wohn uns bei, BWV 748 Anh. 172
  14. In dulci jubilo, BWV 751 Anh.III 172 (von Johann Michael Bach)
  15. Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 752
  16. Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV754
  17. Nun freut euch, liebe Christen, BWV 755
  18. O Herre Gott, dein göttlich's Wort, BWV 757
  19. O Vater, allmächtiger Gott, BWV 758
  20. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 759 Anh.III 172
  21. Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 760 Anh.III 172
  22. Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 761 Anh.III 172
  23. Vater unser im Himmelreich, Chorale Prelude BWV 762 (spurious)
  24. Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 763
  25. Wir glauben all' an einen Gott, Schöpfer, BWV 765
  26. Christus der uns selig macht, BWV620
  27. Herr Christ, der einig Gottes-Sohn, Anh 55
  28. Fuge G-minor BWV 131a Anh.II 42

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By John Austin HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 19 Dec. 2002
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Happy the organist, like Peter Hurford, who can record over a period of twelve years in countries such as Germany, Austria, England, Australia, USA and Canada the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach! Exploring the way Bach mind works must be the most rewarding experience for which a practising musician could wish.
Peter Hurford did all this, between 1974 and 1986. The result is this tightly packed box of 17 CDs. It is possibly the largest recorded survey of Bach's works for organ. It includes items that some researchers believe are of doubtful authenticity. Hurford uses mainly C20th organs, or organs that incorporate piping from earlier originals. Registrations occasionally include a discrete tremolo, such as may be heard in the Chorale Prelude "Auf meinen lieben Gott" BWV 744. When you hear the sound fade and disappear at the end of the 16th CD, don't suspect a technical fault. The work being played, Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 535a, was left incomplete by Bach.
Clifford Bartlett has written the accompanying notes, reproduced in English French, German and Italian. Organ specifications are detailed, and recording dates and locations are specified.
When your hands are busy with four manuals and ranks of organ stops, and when your feet are playing a footboard, it is difficult to maintain a flowing and consistent pulse in the music. Peter Hurford, in my estimation, "never puts a foot wrong" in this regard. Tempos are never irregular, either for reasons of expressiveness or because of physical coordination difficulties.

This well-presented issue is one of the few to receive a rosette award in the "Penguin Bargain Guide to CDs".
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I grew up on Helmut Walsha, then on to Ton Koopman on Novalis. Then I realised I ought to expand my collection. This box set arrived, and I cranked up the tubes and sat back. I have to say it was a shock. Initially I was a bit disappointed. The timing was quite different, the pieces I thought I knew so well were lighter, more airy. I listened on and into the night, and found my initial reaction was unfounded. Peter Hurford has, I truly believe, got to the heart of this music, the detail is remarkable, the playing so natural, the emotion just pours out of the speakers.
Treble details flows out across the room like I have never heard, and the big pipes rumble beneath the set, and all retaining a remarkable church acoustic.
Forget all that has gone before, buy it and listen, but don't stay up to late!
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Time and space prohibit us from reviewing individually all 17 cds that comprise Peter Hurford's recordings of J.S. Bach organ works. Suffice to say, an overview is the most appropriate, as each of these recordings are better than the next. You simply cannot pick one out and say this is the finest, because these recordings shall never be equaled or improved upon, as they are the diamond standard by which all future ones hall be judged.
Hurford without doubt is the reincarnation of Bach, when he sits before the organ. As he plays, the emotion flows forth, without any sense of constraint or self doubt, because he is united with Johann Sebastian. He has a certain lightness of touch, be it in the lower or upper register, which gives one the sensation of intense emotion, as you listen to this glorious music, played with warmth and clarity, which befits Bach's composition.
The organs chosen are a perfect alliance for the particular pieces played upon them, best exemplified by Wachet Auf, ruft uns die stimme, BWV 645 [8/2]; beautifully played on the magnificent Casavant Freres organ in the Church of Our Lady of Sorrows, Toronto, Canada; Liebstr Jesu wir sind hier, BWV 754 [17/16] and Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 763 [17/24] recorded in St. Catherine's College Chapel, Cambridge,U.K., where this superb organ, Hurford, Bach and the Chapel's acoustics are in absolute unison. You cannot ask for more, because this is it!
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The organ works by J.S. Bach may be known by those who attend church, but at home it is often a challenge to listen to organ music, as displayed by a loudspeaker. These recordings, however, are a relieve! Mr Hurford has a pretty gentle and articulate way of playing, and the chosen organ and recording technique are undoubtedly hard to beat. If you listen to all tracks subsequently, it is as if a life is passing by, with familiar moments and with surprises. Ideal for moments of retraite and disstress!
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Super recording - saves having to worry about getting a whole load of possibly overlapping disks separately. There is a huge amount of variety in the organ music Bach composed - something here for every mood. Highly recommended!
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