Bach - Early Organ Works - Harald Vogel

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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - Early Organ Works - Harald Vogel (Organ) - Arp-Schnitger organ Cappel - Hybrid SACD - 760623174365 - Released: April 2012 - MDG 9141743

1) Wie schön leucht't uns BWV 739
2) Wie nach einer Wasserquelle BWV 1119
3) Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565
4) Prelude and Fugue in G minor BWV 535
5) Prelude and Fugue in C major BWV 531
6) Partite sopra "Ach, was soll ich Sünder machen?" BWV 770
7) Herzlich tut mich verlangen BWV 727
8) Herzlich Lieb hab ich dich, o Herr BWV 1115
9) Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend BWV 726
10) Fugue on a theme by Corelli in B minor BWV 579
11) Fantasie in C minor BWV 1121
12) Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder BWV 742
13) Seelen-Braütigam BWV 409
14) Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten BWV 434

An excellent recording from an organ steeped in history both old and new. The Arp-Schnitger organ in Cappel was made famous by Helmut Walcha. Harald Vogel serves up an exceptionally well balanced recital that keeps you engaged, and eager to listen to the next track. The pieces are well chosen both in style and performance, but adding to this there is a very well planned arrangement in which the order of the pieces are addressed in this recording.

You get Vogel's thoughtful playing that is second to none. He has the technical proficiency of a master with the wisdom of choice of instrument and tonal coloration that comes with maturity. Even the ubiquitous Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565 is played here in a manner that both seasoned listeners and novices will find interesting. A most compelling part of the recording is the Schnitger organ itself. There we have an organ sonically rendered with rare clarity and realism. It strikes a balance between being too large to be reproduced well by a modest stereo and sounding too small or weak. A great choice of instrument for the program material.

A most highly recommended recording, one not to miss out on as a collector, and great as an introduction into the music that can be elicited from the pipe organ.

Mark Kravchenko - June 2012