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Works for Organ Volume IX: Clavier-Übung III

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Kevin Bowyer
Instrumentation:Organ
Individual Works:Clavier-Übung III BWV 552/i, BWV 552/ii,
BWV 669 - BWV 689, BWV 802 - BWV 805:
Prelude in E flat major BWV 552/i
Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit  BWV 669
Christe, aller Welt Trost  BWV 670
Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist  BWV 671
Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit  BWV 672
Christe, aller Welt Trost  BWV 673
Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist  BWV 674
Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr  BWV 675
Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr  BWV 676
Fughetta super Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr  BWV 677
Dies sind die Heilgen zehn Gebot  BWV 678
Fughetta super Dies sind die Heilgen zehn Gebot  BWV 679
Wir glauben all' an einen Gott  BWV 680
Fughetta super Wir glauben all an einen Gott  BWV 681
Vater unser im Himmelreich  BWV 682
Vater unser im Himmelreich  BWV 683
Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam  BWV 684
Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam  BWV 685
Aus tiefer Not schrei' ich zu dir  BWV 686
Aus tiefer Not schrei' ich zu dir  BWV 687
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der von uns den Zorn Gottes
wandt
  BWV 688
Fuga super Jesus Christus, unser Heiland  BWV 689
Duetto in E minor BWV 802
Duetto in F major BWV 803
Duetto in G major BWV 804
Duetto in A minor BWV 805
Fugue in E flat major ('St. Anne') BWV 552/ii

Concerto in G (after Antonio Vivaldi) BWV 973
Fugue in G minor BWV 578
Passacaglia and fugue in C minor BWV 582

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Nimbus
Catalog Number:NI 5561/2
Year Released/Recorded:1997
Total Playing Time:2 hrs
Comments:Todd M. Billeci said:

Marcussen Organ of Sct. Hans Kirke, Odense, Denmark

Overview - Bowyer's cycle, in progress since 1991, features unmannered virtuosity, an organ of striking tone quality and an exceptionally realistic modern recording. Each disc contains a variety of works in the form of a recital, sustaining interest throughout. Bowyer's intriguing registrations distinguish the set.

Volume IX - The bulk of this two-CD set is dedicated to the Clavier-Übung III  and so a large portion maintains a staid and academic tone evocative of the lofty and the spiritual. The bright and virtuosic E-flat major Prelude opens CD 1 winningly. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der von uns den Zorn Gottes wandt  BWV 688 is notably ebullient and articulated. The E minor, G major and A minor Duetti are taken at very rapid tempo and are lots of fun. Interesting uses of registration include the A minor Duetto (played with reed stops) and the famous G minor Fugue BWV 578 - refreshingly given a light and breathy voice, as opposed to the more common blast of
metal.

The crown jewel of this disc is the Passacaglia and fugue in C minor BWV 582. Bowyer uses frequent registration changes in the passacaglia to sustain interest. This is among the most transparent and gripping recordings of this piece I have heard, and remains arresting throughout - even in the midst of the long and usually muddily-rendered fugue. The piece is performed at breakneck speed (possibly the most rapid in the discography) showing that Bowyer indeed possesses one of the great techniques in the world. The jaw-dropping virtuosity near the close of the passacaglia should stun non-musician listeners as well as experts. I recommend this recording with great enthusiasm.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Todd M. Billeci
Date First Submitted:10/19/1998
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