J.S. Bach: Complete Organ Music, Vol. 1

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist Stefano Molardi organ
Format 4 CD
Cat. number 94850
EAN code 5028421948508
Release February 2014

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Stefano Molardi is shaping his recorded survey of Bach’s complete organ music as self-sufficient and musically satisfying recitals which, disc by disc, explore the diverse styles at the composer’s disposal, the flexible usage to which he, the ultimate ‘compleat musician’, puts ‘his’ instrument through its paces, and the different liturgical demands which he was required to meet during the course of his career as he moved from church to court and back again. Grand Weimar- and Leipzig-composed preludes and fugues rub shoulders with intricate trio sonatas which he had initially conceived as chamber music, and between them nestle intimate chorales from his Cöthen days.

Accordingly, Molardi makes full use of the potential flexibility of his chosen Trost organ in the Stadtkirche ‘Zur Gotteshilfe’ in Waltershausen, deep in the provincial heart of Thuringia. This is Bach country, and although the organ has been periodically restored since it was finally inaugurated in 1755, almost 30 years after the work was begun, it retains the classic characteristics of its age and situation: a thorough restoration in 1998 returned the instrument to its original glory.

Born in Cremona, Molardi has undertaken a Renaissance career as not only organist but harpsichordist, conductor and scholar, not only at home in the rarified confines of early music but a virtuoso who has performed the complete organ works of Liszt and Franck and made an extraordinary recording of Verdi arranged for organ. These Bach discs are, perhaps appropriately, less overtly spectacular but no less imaginative in their rhythmic and coloristic response.

Other information:
- A new recording (2013) of Bach’s complete organ works is, even in these overfed and crisis-stricken days, an event of the first order. First of all because the music is of such overwhelming beauty and power, one of the greatest creations of humanity, and secondly because there is still so much to discover and illuminate in these works.
- These recordings are based on the choice of instruments: organist Stefano Molardi chose German instruments from Bach’s time, lending an authentic character to the project. This first set features the wonderful Trost Organ of the Stadtkirche Zur Gotteshilfe in Waltershausen, Thuringia, built in 1725 and gloriously restored in 1998.
- Stefano Molardi is a “renaissance man”, organist, harpsichordist, scholar, historian and writer. He recorded extensively for Divox, DGG and other labels. His playing is clear, crisp, free and rhythmically vibrant.
- The CD’s are programmed like concerto programmes, a fine diversity of genres and styles, to avoid monotony and uniformity.
- All information on the organ, liner notes and artist biography are included in the booklet.
- Organ registration available by clicking on 'Download booklet' below the cover.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543: I. Prelude
  2. Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543: II. Fugue
  3. Valet will ich dir geben, BWV 736
  4. Trio Sonata in E-Flat Major, BWV 525: I. −
  5. Trio Sonata in E-Flat Major, BWV 525: II. Adagio
  6. Trio Sonata in E-Flat Major, BWV 525: III. Allegro
  7. Partita on “O Gott, du frommer Gott”, BWV 767: Partita I
  8. Partita on “O Gott, du frommer Gott”, BWV 767: Partita II
  9. Partita on “O Gott, du frommer Gott”, BWV 767: Partita III
  10. Partita on “O Gott, du frommer Gott”, BWV 767: Partita IV
  11. Partita on “O Gott, du frommer Gott”, BWV 767: Partita V
  12. Partita on “O Gott, du frommer Gott”, BWV 767: Partita VI
  13. Partita on “O Gott, du frommer Gott”, BWV 767: Partita VII
  14. Partita on “O Gott, du frommer Gott”, BWV 767: Partita VIII
  15. Partita on “O Gott, du frommer Gott”, BWV 767: Partita IX
  16. Fantasia on “Valet will ich dir geben”, BWV 735
  17. Trio Sonata in C Minor, BWV 526: I. Vivace
  18. Trio Sonata in C Minor, BWV 526: II. Largo
  19. Trio Sonata in C Minor, BWV 526: III. Allegro
  20. Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541: I. Prelude
  21. Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541: II. Fugue

Disk 2

  1. Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532: I. Prelude
  2. Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532: II. Fugue
  3. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644: Helft mir Gottes Güte preisen, BWV 613
  4. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644: Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV 614
  5. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644: In Dir ist Freude, BWV 615
  6. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644: Mit Fried’ und Freud’ ich fahr dahin, BWV 616
  7. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644: Herr Gott, nun schleuß den Himmel auf, BWV 617
  8. Ein Feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 720
  9. Trio Sonata in D Minor, BWV 527: I. Andante
  10. Trio Sonata in D Minor, BWV 527: II. Adagio e dolce
  11. Trio Sonata in D Minor, BWV 527: III. Vivace
  12. Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Got, BWV 721
  13. Concerto in D Minor after Vivaldi, BWV 596: I. −
  14. Concerto in D Minor after Vivaldi, BWV 596: II. Grave
  15. Concerto in D Minor after Vivaldi, BWV 596: III. Fuga
  16. Concerto in D Minor after Vivaldi, BWV 596: IV. Largo
  17. Concerto in D Minor after Vivaldi, BWV 596: V. Allegro
  18. Trio Sonata in E Minor, BWV 528: I. Adagio
  19. Trio Sonata in E Minor, BWV 528: II. Vivace
  20. Trio Sonata in E Minor, BWV 528: III. Andante
  21. Trio Sonata in E Minor, BWV 528: IV. Un poc’allegro
  22. Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 550: I. Prelude
  23. Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 550: II. Fugue

Disk 3

  1. Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 545: I. Prelude
  2. Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 545: II. Fugue
  3. Trio Sonata in C Major, BWV 529: I. Allegro
  4. Trio Sonata in C Major, BWV 529: II. Largo
  5. Trio Sonata in C Major, BWV 529: III. Allegro
  6. Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 535: I. Prelude
  7. Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 535: II. Fugue
  8. Schübler Chorales, BWV 645-650: No. 1, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
  9. Schübler Chorales, BWV 645-650: No. 2, Wo soll ich fliehen hin , Auf meinen lieben Gott, BWV 646
  10. Schübler Chorales, BWV 645-650: No. 3, Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten, BWV 647
  11. Concerto in C Major after Vivaldi, BWV 594: I. −
  12. Concerto in C Major after Vivaldi, BWV 594: II. Recitativo. Adagio
  13. Concerto in C Major after Vivaldi, BWV 594: III. Allegro
  14. Partita on “Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig”, BWV 768: Chorale
  15. Partita on “Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig”, BWV 768: Variation I
  16. Partita on “Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig”, BWV 768: Variation II
  17. Partita on “Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig”, BWV 768: Variation III
  18. Partita on “Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig”, BWV 768: Variation IV
  19. Partita on “Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig”, BWV 768: Variation V
  20. Partita on “Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig”, BWV 768: Variation VI
  21. Partita on “Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig”, BWV 768: Variation VII à 2 Clav. e Ped.
  22. Partita on “Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig”, BWV 768: Variation VIII
  23. Partita on “Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig”, BWV 768: Variation IX à 2 Clav. e Ped.
  24. Partita on “Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig”, BWV 768: Variation X à 2 Clav. e Ped.
  25. Partita on “Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig”, BWV 768: Variation XI à 5 Voci (organo pleno)

Disk 4

  1. Toccata and Fugue in F Major, BWV 540a: I. Toccata
  2. Toccata and Fugue in F Major, BWV 540a: II. Fugue
  3. Schübler Chorales, BWV 645-650: No. 4, Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, BWV 648
  4. Schübler Chorales, BWV 645-650: No. 5, Ach bleibt bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 649
  5. Schübler Chorales, BWV 645-650: No. 6, Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter auf Erden, BWV 650
  6. Fugue on a Theme by Corelli, BWV 579
  7. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644: O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 618
  8. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644: Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV 619
  9. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644: Christus, der uns selig macht, BWV 620
  10. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644: Da Jesu an dem Kreuze stund’, BWV 621
  11. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644: O Mensch, bewein’ dein Sünde groß, BWV 622
  12. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644: Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 623
  13. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644: Hilf, Gott, daß mir’s gelinge, BWV 624
  14. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644: Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 625
  15. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644: Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der den Tod überwand, BWV 626
  16. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644: Christ ist erstanden, BWV 627 – Verses 1, 2 & 3
  17. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644: Erstanden ist der heil’ge Christ, BWV 628
  18. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644: Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag, BWV 629
  19. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644: Heut’ triumphieret Gottes Sohn, BWV 630
  20. Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644: Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist, BWV 631
  21. Trio Sonata in G Major, BWV 530: I. Vivace
  22. Trio Sonata in G Major, BWV 530: II. Lento
  23. Trio Sonata in G Major, BWV 530: III. Allegro

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