JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - Organ Works Vol. 2 - Miklós Teleki

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Lutheran Church Siófok
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - Organ Works Vol. 2 - Miklós Teleki (Organ) - Lutheran Church, Siófok - 5991813278227 - Released: February 2017 - Hungaroton HCD32782

Organ Concerto in D Minor, BWV 596 (After A. Vivaldi)
O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 767: Partita in C minor
Fugue in G Minor, BWV 578
Pastorale in F Major, BWV 590
Prelude & Fugue in E-Flat Major, BWV 552

For organ works like these, organist Miklós Teleki's choice of instrument could not be more fitting. This small, 17 stop mechanical organ was built in 2004 by the Aquincum Organ Works of Budapest. The sound of this instrument was fashioned with Baroque traditions in mind. And the use of its beautiful flute stops by Miklós Teleki for the Partita VIII from O Gott, du frommer Gott, is but one example of this organist's affinity for this instrument. It's mostly characterized by a clear and bright voicing, but when the 16' pedal stops are called into action, it suddenly becomes the little organ that could, and demonstrates the power it holds in reserve.

The playing itself by Miklós Teleki is always clean and articulate, and always in service of the counterpoint first and foremost. The Pastorale in F Major is a delight to listen to, as is the appropriately light account of the Organ Concerto in D Minor. And the sense of power that he brings to the Prelude & Fugue in E-Flat Major certainly confutes any preconceived notion that a pipe organ this size can't deliver. Hungaroton's recording tends to sound close which may have to do with the acoustics of this building's rather odd architectural design, but nonetheless captures and projects the organ's qualities very well. Recommended for both Bach and pipe organ fans.

Jean-Yves Duperron - January 2017