J.s. Bach: Complete Organ Music Vol.4
This four-CD release, the fourth and last volume of Stefano Molardi’s authoritative survey of J.S. Bach’s organ works, brings together some of the German Baroque master’s most famous music. + Chief among these is the Toccata and Fugue in d, BWV565; with its unforgettable opening bars – doubled in the octave – flourished chromaticism, pauses and arpeggios on the diminished seventh, the piece has consistently drawn much critical attention. + Also included on this release are the ‘Neumeister’ chorales; assembled by Johann Gottfried Neumeister in the 18th c., the collection wasn’t actually published until the 1980s, with the result that these little-recorded preludes still have plenty of room for a new interpretation. + Stefano Molardi has chosen the Thielemann organ in Gräfenhain, Thuringia, especially for this release; dating from the 1720s and therefore from the time of the composer himself, its captures the spirit of the great composer’s age, lending a certain authenticity to the performances and allowing for a vast range of styles both grand and intimate.