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Works for Organ, Volume VII: Das Orgelbüchlein

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Kevin Bowyer
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Det Fynske Kammerkor
Soloists:Alice Joensen, Choir Director
Instrumentation:Choir
Organ
Individual Works:Das Orgelbüchlein BWV 599-644:
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland  BWV 599
Gott, durch deine Güte/ Gottes Sohn ist kommen  BWV 600
Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottessohn/ Her Gott, nun sei gepreiset  BWV 601
Lob sei dem allmuachtigen Gott  BWV 602
Puer natus in Bethlehem  BWV 603
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ  BWV 604
Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich  BWV 605
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her  BWV 606
Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar  BWV 607
In dulci jubilo  BWV 608
Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich  BWV 609
Jesu, meine Freude  BWV 610
Christum wir sollen loben schon  BWV 611
Wir Christenleut  BWV 612
Helft mir, Gotts Güte preisen  BWV 613
Das alte Jahr vergangen ist  BWV 614
In dir ist Freude  BWV 615
Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin  BWV 616
Herr Gott, nun schleuß den Himmel auf  BWV 617
Lamm Gottes, unschuldig  BWV 618
Christe, du Lamm Gottes  BWV 619
Christus, der uns selig macht  BWV 620
Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund  BWV 621
O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß  BWV 622
Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ, daß du für uns gestorben bist  BWV 623
Hilf, Gott, daß mir's gelinge  BWV 624
Christ lag in Todesbanden  BWV 625
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der den Tod überwand  BWV 626
Christ ist erstanden  BWV 627
Erstanden ist der heilge Christ  BWV 628
Erchienen ist der herrliche Tag  BWV 629
Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn  BWV 630
Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist  BWV 631
Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend  BWV 632
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier  BWV 633/634
Dies sind die heilgen zehn Gebot  BWV 635
Vater unser im Himmelreich  BWV 636
Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt  BWV 637
Es ist das Heil uns kommen her  BWV 638
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ  BWV 639
In dich hab ich gehoffet, Herr  BWV 640
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein  BWV 641
Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten  BWV 642
Alle Menschen müssen sterben  BWV 643
Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig  BWV 644
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Nimbus
Catalog Number:NI 5457/8
Year Released/Recorded:1995
Total Playing Time:1 hr 52 min
Comments:Todd M. Billeci said:

The Marcussen Organ at 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 VII - This two-CD recording of Das Orgelbüchlein  featuring Det Fynske Kammerkor is among the treasures of the Bowyer series. The choir is fairly small, consisting of ca. 25 members placed up in the organ loft flanking the Werk, afording an intimate sound. The choir has excellent intonation and is as splendidly recorded as the organ. Note: The Penguin Guide commented that the chorale preludes on the disc were not indexed separately. This is false. I also take issue with their claim that the choir sounds somewhat "unfocused." In my view, the reviewer merely picked up on the choir configuration, with soprano and alto on either side of the Werk, which the recording captured quite vividly. Overall, this is a most beautiful and highly recommended volume.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Todd M. Billeci
Date First Submitted:10/24/1998
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