Bach: Well Tempered Clavier (organ)

Album cover art for upc 3760014198199
Label: ALPHA
Catalog: ALPHA819
Format: CD

Frédéric Desenclos (organ)

CD 1 Préludes & Fugues 1 à 12 (BWV 846-857) à l’orgue de la Oud Katholieke Kerk - La Haye (Den Haag - NL) (R. Garrels 1726 - D.A. Flentrop 1994) CD 2 Préludes & Fugues 13 à 24 (BWV 858-869) à l’orgue de l’Eglise Saint-Vincent - Lyon (F) (R. Freytag - B. Aubertin 1994) Second Livre CD 3 Préludes & Fugues 1 à 12 (BWV 870-881) à l’orgue de l’Eglise Saint-Etienne de Baïgorry (F) (R. Mahler 1999) CD 4 Préludes & Fugues 13 à 24 (BWV 882-893) à l’orgue de la Sint-Maartenskerk – Zaltbommel (NL) (Verhofstad 1723 – A. Wolfferts 1786 – Heijneman 1796 N.A. Naber 1860 – S.F. Blank 1986)

A veritable manifesto of the art of the keyboard at the time of Bach, this founding work of the Cantor’s writing and also of all keyboard literature, is recorded here on four exceptional organs. Frédéric Desenclos’s committed choice, this ‘transition to the organ’ of the 48 preludes and fugues, proves highly successful. Perhaps never before has the architecture of these gems of imagination and compositional skill appeared so clearly; perhaps never have the phrasing and tempo choices seemed so obvious; doubtless never has a complete recording imposed itself as a work in itself. This reading almost makes us forget the original destination of these works for harpsichord, the recording itself particularly accentuating the registration work at the service of a wide variety of instrumental colour.

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