Helmut Walcha - Complete Archiv Recordings 32cd

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Label: DG
Catalog: 2894839949
Format: CD

Helmut Walcha (organ)

Helmut Walcha is regarded as an authority on Bach interpretation - no other organist since the invention of the gramophone record has achieved such a lasting broad impact through his Bach playing. To commemorate the 30th anniversary of his death, all recordings on Archiv Produktion, Deutsche Grammophon and Philips are being released for the first time in a limited 32-CD edition. It includes Bach's organ works in a mono version (1947-52) and a stereo version (1956-71), the Well-Tempered Clavier, the violin sonatas with Henryk Szeryng and Walcha on the harpsichord, as well as organ works of North German influence by Bruhns, Scheidt, Buxtehude and Sweelinck. For the first time on CD, an early Walcha recording of the chorale BWV 452 "Dir, dir Jehova" with the Thomanerchor Leipzig from 1927 The edition is equipped with original cover sleeves, with illustrations and dispositions of all organs, an autograph card with signature and, as a special collector's item, the original archive production index card to Bach's famous D minor Toccata. Walcha's interpretation ideal - always in the reputation of a certain sobriety and severity - contrasts in a fascinating way with his colourful and surprising registrations on organs worthy of preservation by Andreas Silbermann, Arp and Franz Caspar Schnitger as well as Friedrich Stellwagen. Walcha's interpretive realization is legendary; not only does it represent the first ever recording on period instruments, but it is itself a high point in recording history. A wonderful compendium for the Year of the Organ 2021.

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