J.S. Bach
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Complete organ works volume 10

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Andre Isoir
Instrumentation:Organ
Individual Works:This recording commences with the Prelude & Wedge Fugue 548 with it's monumental architecture & synthesis of Fugue with Concerto Grossi. The Fugue is so named becuase of the intriguing subject consisting of widening intervals as if a wedge were being driven between the notes.
Fugue 541 reveals Bach?s awe-inspiring control of climax with a single melodic or harmonic configuration developed exhaustively to build a climax based not on rhythm, nor on contrasting dynamics of musical volume, nor on crescendo, but the accumulation of a number of musical statements derived from the original subject.
The passionate Prelude & Fugue 544 follows.
Then Prelude & Fugue 545 of such majesty.
The tranquil Andante as central movement in 541 & Largo in 545 are normally heard with their respective Trio sonatas.
The disc concludes with Prelude 547 & Fugue 547 in which Bach builds a seemingly impossible climax from such an ordinary subject.
Andre Isoir's control of dynamics & sense of tempo is perfect, yet with a subtle lilt such as to avoid any possibility of sounding mechanical. Listening to this wonderful recording, one might just imagine one is experiencing the ultimate privilege of hearing old Bach himself, the distiller of the essence of musical craft, playing these supremely crafted mature works with a divine sense of unity of purpose & design.
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Calliope
Catalog Number:CAL 9712
Year Released/Recorded:1976
Total Playing Time:69' 56
Comments:Robin Pearce:

This recording commences with the Prelude & Wedge Fugue 548 with it's monumental architecture & synthesis of Fugue with Concerto Grossi. The Fugue is so named becuase of the intriguing subject consisting of widening intervals as if a wedge were being driven between the notes.
Fugue 541 reveals Bach?s awe-inspiring control of climax with a single melodic or harmonic configuration developed exhaustively to build a climax based not on rhythm, nor on contrasting dynamics of musical volume, nor on crescendo, but the accumulation of a number of musical statements derived from the original subject.
The passionate Prelude & Fugue 544 follows.
Then Prelude & Fugue 545 of such majesty.
The tranquil Andante as central movement in 541 & Largo in 545 are normally heard with their respective Trio sonatas.
The disc concludes with Prelude 547 & Fugue 547 in which Bach builds a seemingly impossible climax from such an ordinary subject.
Andre Isoir's control of dynamics & sense of tempo is perfect, yet with a subtle lilt such as to avoid any possibility of sounding mechanical. Listening to this wonderful recording, one might just imagine one is experiencing the ultimate privilege of hearing old Bach himself, the distiller of the essence of musical craft, playing these supremely crafted mature works imbued with a divine sense of unity of purpose & design.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • robin pearce
Date First Submitted:04/26/2005
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