Bach Family: Organ Works

Bach Family: Organ Works
Composer Heinrich Bach, Johann Bernhard Bach, Johann Ernst Bach, Johann Friedrich Bach
Artist Stefano Molardi organ
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 95884
EAN code 5028421958842
Release April 2019

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About this release

The extensive Bach family was a dynasty unusually rich in musical talent, counting among its ranks numerous composer–organists active in the Northern European Baroque tradition. This set gathers up the surviving music by Johann Lorenz Bach (1695–1773), Johann Bernhard Bach (1676–1749), his son Johann Ernst Bach (1722–1777), Heinrich Bach (1615–1692) and his grandson Johann Friedrich Bach (1682–1730).

These are no mere shavings from the Bachian workbench – chips off the old JS block – but beautifully crafted works by composers working in the central German-Baroque tradition, each with their own voice. Three versions of ‘Wir glauben all’ an einen Gott’ by Johann Bernard Bach treat the chorale melody to grand and elaborately woven counterpoint. A pair of multi-movement Partitas is attributed to the Bach family without firm evidence of authorship, but they both work through the verses of a chorale melody with the skill and elegance typical of the Bach family’s work as a whole.

Stefano Molardi is a native of Cremona and a recognized organist, harpsichordist, conductor, and musicologist with a number of prestigious awards to his name and a career that has taken him from the Musikverein in Vienna, to Carnegie Hall in New York, and Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. On this recording he plays the Dell’Orto e Lanzini organ (2003) in the Parish Church of St Thomas, Gesso di Zola Predosa.

Reviewing Molardi’s 3CD album of the complete organ music by two more scions of the Bach family, Johann Christoph and Johann Michael, Fanfare praised ‘assured, stylish performances, warmly recommended.’ ‘Molardi’s ear for the organ’s almost infinite palette of colours and textural combinations is matched by his fleet fingers and feet on the pedals. He tosses off the most technically challenging works with virtuosic dash and panache.’ (Fanfare, Nov/Dec 2014)

This unique recording brings together the complete organ works of several members of the Bach family!
The genius of Johann Sebastian Bach didn’t emerge from nowhere: he was actually a scion of a highly musical family, a branch of the rich, ornate and fruit bearing tree called Bach.
This set presents organ music by uncles and nephews of Johann Sebastian: Heinrich, Johann Bernhard, Johann Friedrich, Johann Lorenz, and Johann Ernst, spanning an era from 1615 to 1777, from strict Baroque counterpoint to the first awakenings of Stile Galante and Rococo.
Played by master organist Stefano Molardi on a magnificent Dell’Orto e Lanzini organ (2003) in Bologna, the details and specifications of which are included in the booklet.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Fantasia and Fugue in F Major: I. Fantasia
  2. Fantasia and Fugue in F Major: II. Fugue
  3. Ciacona in G Major, BWV Anh.84
  4. Jesus nichts als Jesus in G Minor
  5. Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ in A Major: I. Versus I
  6. Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ in A Major: II. Versus II
  7. Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ in A Major: III. Versus III
  8. Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ in A Major: IV. Versus IV
  9. Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ in A Major: V. Versus V
  10. Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her in D Major
  11. Nun freut euch
  12. Helft mir Gottes, Güte preisen in G Minor
  13. Prelude and Fugue in D Major: I. Prelude
  14. Prelude and Fugue in D Major: II. Fugue
  15. Wir glauben all’ an einen Gott
  16. Wir glauben all’ an einen Gott (2nd Version)
  17. Wir glauben all’ an einen Gott (3rd Version)
  18. Ciacona in A Major, BWV Anh.83
  19. Fugue in G Minor
  20. Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund
  21. Ciacona in B-Flat Major, BWV Anh.82

Disk 2

  1. Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor: I. Fantasia
  2. Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor: II. Fugue
  3. Erbarm dich mein
  4. Fantasia and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 561: I. Fantasia
  5. Fantasia and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 561: II. Fugue
  6. Fugue in C Major, BWV Anh.90
  7. Partita on “Wenn wir in höchstens Nöten sein”, BWV Anh.78: I. Versus I
  8. Partita on “Wenn wir in höchstens Nöten sein”, BWV Anh.78: II. Versus II
  9. Partita on “Wenn wir in höchstens Nöten sein”, BWV Anh.78: III. Versus III
  10. Partita on “Wenn wir in höchstens Nöten sein”, BWV Anh.78: IV. Versus IV
  11. Partita on “Wenn wir in höchstens Nöten sein”, BWV Anh.78: V. Versus V
  12. Partita on “Wenn wir in höchstens Nöten sein”, BWV Anh.78: VI. Versus VI
  13. Partita on “Wenn wir in höchstens Nöten sein”, BWV Anh.78: VII. Versus VII
  14. Christus, der uns selig macht, BWV 747
  15. Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 754
  16. Lobt Gott, ihr Christen allzugleich, BWV deest
  17. Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt, BWV deest
  18. O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV deest
  19. Wenn ich in Angst und Not, BWV deest
  20. Wir Christenleut han jetzund Freud, BWV deest
  21. Partita on “Herr Christ der einge Gottes Sohn”, BWV Anh.77: I. Chorale
  22. Partita on “Herr Christ der einge Gottes Sohn”, BWV Anh.77: II. Versus I
  23. Partita on “Herr Christ der einge Gottes Sohn”, BWV Anh.77: III. Versus II
  24. Partita on “Herr Christ der einge Gottes Sohn”, BWV Anh.77: IV. Versus III
  25. Partita on “Herr Christ der einge Gottes Sohn”, BWV Anh.77: V. Versus IV
  26. Partita on “Herr Christ der einge Gottes Sohn”, BWV Anh.77: VI. Versus V
  27. Partita on “Herr Christ der einge Gottes Sohn”, BWV Anh.77: VII. Versus VI
  28. Partita on “Herr Christ der einge Gottes Sohn”, BWV Anh.77: VIII. Versus VII