J.S. Bach: Orgelbuchlein, Chorales

J.S. Bach: Orgelbuchlein, Chorales
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist Francesco Cera organ
Swiss Radio Choir
Diego Fasolis conductor
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94639
EAN code 5028421946399
Release April 2013

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For many, Johann Sebastian Bach is ‘the’ composer of the Baroque period, a master of harmony, counterpoint and genre. During his lifetime he was particularly renowned as a virtuoso organist, and his compositions for the instrument have formed the core repertory of any aspiring organist ever since.

The content of the Orgelbüchlein – a selection of chorale preludes composed while Bach held the post of Ducal Organist at Weimar – includes several pieces that are considered to be among Sebastian’s finest works. There is evidence that they were written for ‘teaching the various ways of treating a chorale, and the use of the pedal’, but they also have a definite spirituality – the dedication reads: ‘To God Almighty in praise, to everyman for instruction’. The compositions divide into groups intended for use throughout the liturgical year, from Advent to Pentecost.

Italian organist and harpsichordist Francesco Cera is a renowned interpreter of 17th-century keyboard music. He has performed on historical organs throughout Europe, and has recorded four of J.S. Bach’s concertos for harpsichord as well as Domenico Scarlatti’s keyboard sonatas, which he has also performed at the Flanders Festival. He is joined on the recording by the Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, directed by Diego Fasolis.

Other information:
- New recording, recorded September 2011, Chiesa Parrocchiale, Giubiasco, Switzerland (organ & solo soprano); November 2012, Auditorium Stelio Molo, Lugano, Switzerland (choir).
- An original concept: the Orgelbüchlein BWV 599-644 performed alternating the organ chorale with the same choral sung by a choir.
- Bach wrote the chorales in the Orgelbüchlein as educational material, to teach how to treat a chorale in polyphonic writing, but as in most of his works, the didactic element is far surpassed by the spiritual content of these miniature masterworks. The alternation of the organ and sung chorale provides a fascinating insight into Bach different treatment of the same melody.
- Excellent performances by one of Italy’s most famous harpsichordists, Francesco Cera, and the Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera conducted by early music specialist Diego Fasolis.
-Contains a résumé of the collection, detailed notes on each of the pieces, artist biographies and information about the organ.
- Instrument: Mascioni organ (2009) of the Church of S. Maria Assunta, Giubasco, Switzerland.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Advent Chorales: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 599
  2. Advent Chorales: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 599
  3. Advent Chorales: Gottes Sohn ist kommen, BWV 600
  4. Advent Chorales: Gottes Sohn ist kommen, BWV 600
  5. Advent Chorales: Herr Christ, der ein’ge Gottes Sohn, BWV 601
  6. Advent Chorales: Herr Christ, der ein’ge Gottes Sohn, BWV 601
  7. Advent Chorales: Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott, BWV 602
  8. Advent Chorales: Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott, BWV 602
  9. Christmas Chorales: Puer natus in Bethlehem, BWV 603
  10. Christmas Chorales: Puer natus in Bethlehem, BWV 603
  11. Christmas Chorales: Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 604
  12. Christmas Chorales: Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 604
  13. Christmas Chorales: Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 605
  14. Christmas Chorales: Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 605
  15. Christmas Chorales: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her, BWV 606
  16. Christmas Chorales: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm’ ich her, BWV 606
  17. Christmas Chorales: Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar, BWV 607
  18. Christmas Chorales: Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar, BWV 607
  19. Christmas Chorales: In dulci jubilo, BWV 608
  20. Christmas Chorales: In dulci jubilo, BWV 608
  21. Christmas Chorales: Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich, BWV 609
  22. Christmas Chorales: Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich, BWV 609
  23. Christmas Chorales: Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 610
  24. Christmas Chorales: Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 610
  25. Christmas Chorales: Christum, wir sollen loben schon, BWV 611
  26. Christmas Chorales: Christum, wir sollen loben schon, BWV 611
  27. Christmas Chorales: Wir Christenleut, BWV 612
  28. Christmas Chorales: Wir Christenleut, BWV 612
  29. New Year Chorales: Helft mir Gotts Güte preisen, BWV 613
  30. New Year Chorales: Helft mir Gotts Güte preisen, BWV 613
  31. New Year Chorales: Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV 614
  32. New Year Chorales: Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV 614
  33. New Year Chorales: In dir ist Freude, BWV 615
  34. New Year Chorales: In dir ist Freude, BWV 615
  35. Chorales for the Feast of the Purification: Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, BWV 616
  36. Chorales for the Feast of the Purification: Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, BWV 616
  37. Chorales for the Feast of the Purification: Herr Gott, nun schleuß den Himmel auf, BWV 617
  38. Chorales for the Feast of the Purification: Herr Gott, nun schleuß den Himmel auf, BWV 617
  39. Passion Chorales: O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 618
  40. Passion Chorales: O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 618
  41. Passion Chorales: Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV 619
  42. Passion Chorales: Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV 619
  43. Passion Chorales: Christus, der uns selig macht, BWV 620
  44. Passion Chorales: Christus, der uns selig macht, BWV 620
  45. Passion Chorales: Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund, BWV 621
  46. Passion Chorales: Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund, BWV 621

Disk 2

  1. Organ Chorale: O Mensch, bewein dein’ Sünde groß, BWV 622
  2. Organ Chorale: O Mensch, bewein dein’ Sünde groß, BWV 622
  3. Organ Chorale: Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 623
  4. Organ Chorale: Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 623
  5. Organ Chorale: Hilf Gott, daß mir’s gelinge, BWV 624
  6. Organ Chorale: Hilf Gott, daß mir’s gelinge, BWV 624
  7. Easter Chorales: Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 625
  8. Easter Chorales: Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 625
  9. Easter Chorales: Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 626
  10. Easter Chorales: Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 626
  11. Easter Chorales: Christ ist erstanden, Verse 1, BWV 627
  12. Easter Chorales: Christ ist erstanden, Verse 1, BWV 627
  13. Easter Chorales: Christ ist erstanden, Verse 2
  14. Easter Chorales: Christ ist erstanden, Verse 2
  15. Easter Chorales: Christ ist erstanden, Verse 3
  16. Easter Chorales: Christ ist erstanden, Verse 3
  17. Easter Chorales: Erstanden ist der heil’ge Christ, BWV 628
  18. Easter Chorales: Erstanden ist der heil’ge Christ, BWV 628
  19. Easter Chorales: Erschienen ist der herrlich Tag, BWV 629
  20. Easter Chorales: Erschienen ist der herrlich Tag, BWV 629
  21. Ascension Chorale: Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn, BWV 630
  22. Ascension Chorale: Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn, BWV 630
  23. Pentecost Chorale: Komm, Gott, Schöpfer, heiliger Geist, BWV 631
  24. Pentecost Chorale: Komm, Gott, Schöpfer, heiliger Geist, BWV 631
  25. Chorales about Christian Life: Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV 632
  26. Chorales about Christian Life: Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV 632
  27. Chorales about Christian Life: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 634
  28. Chorales about Christian Life: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 634
  29. Chorales about Christian Life: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 633
  30. Catechism Chorales: Dies sind die heilg’n zehn Gebot’, BWV 635
  31. Catechism Chorales: Dies sind die heilg’n zehn Gebot’, BWV 635
  32. Catechism Chorales: Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 636
  33. Catechism Chorales: Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 636
  34. Catechism Chorales: Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 637
  35. Catechism Chorales: Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 637
  36. Catechism Chorales: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BWV 638
  37. Catechism Chorales: Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BWV 638
  38. Catechism Chorales: Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
  39. Catechism Chorales: Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
  40. Catechism Chorales: In dich hab’ ich gehoffet, Herr, BWV 640
  41. Catechism Chorales: In dich hab’ ich gehoffet, Herr, BWV 640
  42. Catechism Chorales: Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 641
  43. Catechism Chorales: Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV 641
  44. Catechism Chorales: Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten, BWV 642
  45. Catechism Chorales: Wer nur den lieben Gott läßt walten, BWV 642
  46. Catechism Chorales: Alle Menschen müssen sterben, BWV 643
  47. Catechism Chorales: Alle Menschen müssen sterben, BWV 643
  48. Catechism Chorales: Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig, BWV 644
  49. Catechism Chorales: Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig, BWV 644