J.S. Bach
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Das Orgelwerk

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Simon Preston
Instrumentation:Organ
Individual Works:Trio Sonata no.1 in E flat major BWV 525
Trio Sonata no.2 in C minor BWV 526
Trio Sonata no.3 in D minor BWV 527
Trio Sonata no.4 in E minor BWV 528
Trio Sonata no.5 in C major BWV 529
Trio Sonata no.6 in G major BWV 530
Prelude and Fugue in C major BWV 531
Prelude and Fugue in E minor BWV 533
Prelude and Fugue in F minor BWV 534
Prelude and Fugue in G minor BWV 535
Prelude and Fugue in A major BWV 536
Fantasy and Fugue in C minor BWV 537
Dorian Toccata and Fugue BWV 538
Prelude and Fugue in D minor BWV 539
Prelude and Fugue in G major BWV 541
Toccata and Fugue in F major BWV 540
Fantasy and Fugue in G minor BWV 542
Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 543
Prelude and Fugue in B minor BWV 544
Prelude and Fugue in C major BWV 545
Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV 546
Pedal-Exercitium BWV 598
Prelude and Fugue in C major BWV 547
Prelude and Fugue in E minor BWV 548
Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV 549
Prelude and Fugue in G major BWV 550
Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 551
Fantasy in C minor BWV 562
Fantasia con imitazione in B minor BWV 563
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major BWV 564
Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565
Prelude and Fugue in D major BWV 532
Pastorale in F major BWV 590
Toccata & Fugue in E major BWV 566
Prelude in G major BWV 568
Prelude in A minor BWV 569
Fantasy in C major BWV 570
Fantasy in G major BWV 572
Fugue in C minor BWV 574 on a theme by Legrenzi
Fugue in C minor BWV 575
Fugue in G major BWV 577
Fugue in G minor BWV 578
Fugue in B minor BWV 579 on a theme by Corelli
Passacaglia in C minor BWV 582
Trio in D minor BWV 583
Trio in G major BWV 586
Aria in F major after Couperin BWV 587
Canzona in D minor BWV 588
Allabreve in D major BWV 589
Concerto no.5 in D minor BWV 596
Concerto no.2 in A minor BWV 593
Concerto no.3 in C major BWV 594
Concerto no.1 in G major BWV 592
Concerto no.4 in C major BWV 595
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 599
Gott durch deine Güte BWV 600
Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottes-Sohn BWV 601
Lob sei dem allmächtigen 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 schonen BWV 611
Wir Christenleut BWV 612
Helft mir, Gottes 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
O Lamm Gottes, unschludig BWV 618
Christe, du Lamm Gottes BWV 619
Christus, der uns selig macht BWV 620
Da Jesu an dem Kreuze stund BWV 621
O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß BWV 622
Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 623
Hilf Gott, daß mir's gelinge BWV 624
Christus lag in Todesbanden BWV 625
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland BWV 626
Christ ist erstanden BWV 627
Erstanden ist der heil'ge Christ BWV 628
Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag BWV 629
Heute triumphiert 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
Dies sind die heil'gen 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
Christus, der uns selig macht BWV 620
6 Chorales of diverse kinds "Schübler Chorales"
Fantasia super: Komm, Heiliger Geist BWV 651
Komm, Heiliger Geist BWV 652
An Wasserflüssen Babylon BWV 653
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele BWV 654
Trio super : Herr Jesus Christ, dich zu uns wend' BWV 655
O Lamm Gottes, unschludig BWV 656
Nun danket allen Gott BWV 657
Von Gott will nicht lassen BWV 658
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 659
Trio super : Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 660
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 661
Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr' BWV 662
Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr' BWV 663
Trio super : Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr' BWV 664
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland BWV 665
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland BWV 666
Komm, Gott, Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist BWV 667
Prelude and Fugue in E flat major BWV 552
Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit BWV 669
Christe, aller Welt Trost BWV 670
Kyrie, Gott heil'ger 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
Die sind die heil'gen 10 Gebot' BWV 678
Fughetta super : Dies sind die heil'gen 10 Gebot' BWV 679
Wir glauben alle an einen Gott BWV 680
Fughetta super : Wir glauben alle 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 BWV 688
Fuga super : Jesus Christus, unser Heiland BWV 689
Duet in E minor BWV 802
Duet in F major BWV 803
Duet in G major BWV 804
Duet in A minor BWV 805
Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten BWV 691
Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten BWV 690
Wo soll ich fliehen hin BWV 694
Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 695
Christum wir sollen loben schon BWV 696
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ BWV 697
Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottes-Sohn BWV 698
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 699
Fuga sopra : Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her BWV 700
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her BWV 701
Das Jesulein soll doch mein Trost BWV 702
Gottes Sohn ist kommen BWV 703
Lob sei dem allmächt'gen Gott BWV 704
Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt BWV 705
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 706
Ich hab' mein' Sach' Gott heimgestellt BWV 707
Ich hab' mein' Sach' Gott heimgestellt BWV 708
Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend BWV 709
Wir Christenleut' hab' jetzt BWV 710
Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr' BWV 711
In dich hab' ich gehoffet, Herr BWV 712
Jesu, meine Freude (Fantasia) BWV 713
Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott BWV 720
Ach Gott und Herr BWV 714
Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr' BWV 715
Fuga super: Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr' BWV 716
Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr' BWV 717
Christ lag in Todesbanden BWV 718
Erbarm' dich mein, o Herre Gott BWV 721
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ BWV 722
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ BWV 723
Gott, durch deine Güte BWV 724
Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend' BWV 726
Herzlich tut mich verlangen BWV 727
Jesus, meine Zuversicht BWV 728
In dulci jubilo BWV 729
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 730
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 731
Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich BWV 732
Fuga sopra : Magnificat BWV 733
Choral Setting: "Nun freut euch liebe Christen g'mein" BWV 734
Fantasia sopra: Valet will ich dir geben BWV 735
Chorale arrangement: Valet will ich dir geben BWV 736
Vater unser im Himmelreich BWV 737
Vom Himmel hoch da komm' ich her BWV 738
Wie schön leuchtet uns der Morgenstern BWV 739
Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh' darein BWV 741
Jesu, meine Freude BWV 753
Wie schön leuchtet uns der Morgenstern BWV 764
Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottes-Sohn BWV Anh. II/55
O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig
Chorale Partita BWV 766 "Christ, der du bist der helle Tag"
Chorale Partita BWV 767 "O Gott, du frommer Gott"
Chorale Partita BWV 768 "Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig"
Chorale Partita BWV 770 "Ach, was soll ich als Sünder machen"
Variations on "Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her" BWV 769
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Deutsche Grammophon
Catalog Number:469 420-2 |G|X 14|
Year Released/Recorded:2000
Total Playing Time:15:50:48
Comments:Kevin McMullen said:

The completion of a 12-year project - a 14-disc collection of historical organs, and thoughtful, well-recorded readings of the works. Very informative liner notes as well. Contains previously released material. Bargain-priced when I bought it upon its US release....

Alastair Evans said:

Simon Preston is a brilliant organist. By no means a baroque specialist, he has played the whole range of organ repertoire in his time as organ scholar at King's College, Cambridge and then as Organist of Westminster Abbey and Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. However, his baroque performances are exquisite and as historically-informed as any specialist. His articulation is exact and richly expressive and his registrations always sound natural and yet varied appropriately for different pieces and within the pieces themselves. As a harpsichord player, I can at least say he plays in what sounds to me a very baroque articulation! The organs he used are not 'historical' in the sense they are actually old organs, but as he says, the registrations and the sound are similar to what was around in Bach's time. The recorded sound is clear and the contrapuntal lines are there for all to hear. The 14 discs contain all works which can be reasonably ascribed to Bach (so some pieces no-one thinks Bach wrote like the small preludes and fugues and the strange piece 'kleines harmonisches labyrinth' are out). The passacaglia and fugue is outstanding, concertos equally so, trio sonatas also (he practised them solidly for 3 months before recording them), and the pastorale is amazing! The one piece I am not convinced about is the Prelude in E-flat major, (from clavierubung 3), which he plays in a disconcerting start-stop kind of way and which I think sounds better played in a more unified interpretation. All in all, an masterful series of recordings, which I found to be revalatory in many cases to just how varied and brilliant Bach's organ music is, when played by a true master organist like Preston. As a little extra comment, if you like this, look for his recordings of Handel's organ concertos with the English Concert and Trevor Pinnock - marvellous.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Kevin McMullen
  • Alastair Evans
Date First Submitted:12/19/2001
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