NEW! Kevin Clarke plays the organ at Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. It was designed and built by C. B. Fisk, Inc., of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Opus 99 of the Fisk firm – a three-manual instrument – has 46 stops totaling 2,976 pipes, housed in a polychromed case. The late Charles Fisk, in consultation with Rice University's Professor of Organ Clyde Holloway, designed the preliminary specification in 1981. The stoplist reflects the many roles a modern American church organ must play: leading hymn singing, accompanying choral music and playing 400 years of organ repertoire with authority. The contract for the organ was signed in 1984 shortly after Charles's death, affirming the church's faith in his successors.
New From the OHS Vault! This program has been selected to demonstrate the beauty of Bach's music and the particular qualities of the organ at St. Matthew's Westminster. Most of the program comprises of works based on Lutheran Hymns or chorales which form the musical mainstay of the Lutheran liturgy, and which demonstrate this instrument's strengths and character. This program is based on an evolving sense of the liturgical year.
FIRST AMERICAN CD RECORDING! The success of Bach's B-minor Mass has obscured a number of his shorter masterpieces of the same genre. Written in the 1730s, these masses could be performed in both Catholic and Lutheran liturgies. Sometimes misleadingly called "The Lutheran Masses," Bach used them to gain recognition from the Catholic court of Dresden. Later he was to take one of these masses and expand it into the full B-minor Mass so popular today. The Washington Bach Consort, directed by J. Reilly Lewis, is one of America's leading Bach ensembles, having recently performed the entire 5-year cycle of Bach cantatas. In this first volume of the complete Bach masses, they explore some of the B-minor Mass's lesser-known, but equally interesting, companions. Program notes by eminent Bach scholar Christoph Wolff.
NEW! The historical recordings of Albert Schweitzer: The Organist, available on six CDs in one spectacular collection. Schweitzer recorded the majority of J. S. Bach's chorale-based and free organ works on English organs and those of Alsace between 1928 and 1952. These tracks have been remastered and are now available for the first time on CD. Schweitzer favored Franck, Mendelssohn, and especially Widor, his teacher. The bonus CD, disc six, includes world premieres by Schweitzer.
NEW! Playing on the colorful Ahrend Organ at St. Otto in Herzogenaurach, Martin Neu plays a fascinating program that demonstrates the influences of Georg Böhm and Dietrich Buxtehude on J.S. Bach. Choir & Organ rates the recording at four stars (out of possible five).
Recorded in high quality SACD format to play on all CD and SACD players.
This DVD features organist Ullrich Böhme performing favorite organ works by J. S. Bach on the restored 1889 Sauer organ at St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, Germany. St. Thomas is best known as the church where Bach served as cantor from 1723 until his death in 1750, and is now his final resting place.
On two CDs, George Ritchie performs the Art of Fugue on the Richards, Fowkes & Co. organ in Scottsdale, Arizona, and other works on three other organs. A DVD with a feature length film and an interesting lecture is also part of this noteworthy new set.
Nicolas Kynaston plays a recital of J. S. Bach on the Stumm organ at Amorbach finished in 1782 and later modified; finally to gain another manual and twenty more stops.
Bálint Karosi plays Richard, Fowkes & Co. Opus 10 built in 2000 for First Lutheran Church, Boston, Massachusetts.
At 350 years old, the magnificent organ in Antwerp’s Sint Pauluskerk is replete with freshness, power and balanced brilliance. Johannes Geffert plays fine works perceptively.
This recording received 5 Stars (out of 5) in the May/June 2010 issue of Choir and Organ.
Helmut Lerperger plays the Freundt organ of 1642 built for Klosterneuburg's Stiftskirche and a smaller choir organ begun in 1780 by Anton Pfliegler and restored by Kuhn.
Paul Fritts & Co. Opus 25 in St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Columbus, Ohio is host to Douglas Cleveland on this recording of works well suited to the organ’s massive and intimate timbres.
SPECIAL PRICE George Ritchie's acclaimed recordings of the Bach organ works on nine American-built pipe organs on 11 CDs! Extensive notes document the organs, the registrations, and George Stauffer writes extensively on the works. Organs include the magna opera of organbuilders Paul Fritts, Taylor & Boody, John Brombaugh, Martin Pasi, and C. B. Fisk, and other large organs by Fritts-Richards, Munetaka Yokota, and Noack, all built in tonal and mechanical styles known to J. S. Bach. Click the headline for more description and to order and to see each volume in this set, also available separately.
David Higgs plays the 4-98 Rieger at Bryn Mawr (Penn.) Presbyterian Church. Writes Mark Bighley in The Diapason: “David Higgs' breathtaking performance of the G minor Fantasia and Fugue by itself is worth the price of this recording — it is hair-raising, dramatic and intense with an exquisite sense of phrasing.”
Famed organist, teacher, organ theorist, builder, and writer Robert Noehren plays works of J. S. Bach on the Rieger organ at Pacific Union College Church, Angwin, California.
Mezzo soprano Alexandra Röseler and soloists of the Thomanerchores Leipzig, the choir of the famous Thomaskirche, (under the direction of Thomaskantor Georg Christoph Biller) perform selections from both the 1722 and 1725 editions of the Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach. Both Biller and Röseler play the organ and sing on this recording; Even the boys of the Thomanerchor perform on the piano, demonstrating not only that Bach works were to be used for teaching, but also the quality musicianship still being taught at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig.
The recording was made at the Bethanienkirche in Leipzig. The organ was built in 1994 by the Klop firm. Carola Christoph, lute, and Harmut Becker, Cello/ Viola da gamba, join on several tracks.
J. S. Bach's Goldberg Variations are performed by Winfried Bönig, who teaches organ at the Musikhochschule in Cologne and holds a doctorate from Augsburg University. Bach's "Aria with Variations for Two-Manual Harpsichord" (as the variations were originally dubbed) make a formidable showing on the historically designed 19-rank Hendrik Ahrend organ (2003) at the Ursulinenkirche in Cologne, Germany.
Total playing time: 64:15
This Super Audio CD will play on all SACD and CD players.
Bach organ restored!
Organist Jean Claude Zehnder plays works from throughout Bach's life to demonstrate the newly restored Hildebrandt organ (which Bach had a hand in building) at the Wenzelkirche in Naumburg, Germany. Hear the largest and one of the most important "Bach" organs as it may have sounded in Bach's lifetime.
Organist Jan van de Laar performs works by Johann Sebastian Bach and five of Bach's students, including his two eldest sons, Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel. Van de Laar plays the 1798 Holzhey organ at the Abbey Church in Neresheim, Germany.
Dritter Teil der Clavier-Übung
Harold Chaney expertly plays Bach’s monumental work on the 1966 Casavant 3-45 in the Church of St. Ignatius of Antioch, New York.
The American Organist calls the 2-CD set “…most satisfying performances of one of the great milestones of keyboard literature.”
OHS Member Kimberly Marshall not only plays works of J. S. Bach specifically influenced by Italians, but also plays works of Frescobaldi, whom Bach studied. Marshall plays the 1984 Fisk Organ (Opus 85) at Stanford University's Stanford Memorial Church in Palo Alto, California. The four manual organ can be played in equal-temperament or in one-fifth comma meantone.
J.S. Bach · F. Mendelssohn
Œuvres pour orgue
Organist Pascale Rouet plays works of Bach and Mendelssohn on the 1997 Yves Kœnig organ at the Basilica Notre-Dame d'Espérance de Charleville-Mézières in Northeastern France.
This disc earned a rating of 5 from France's Diapason magazine.
Dutch organist Aart Bergwerff of the Rotterdam Conservatory and widely active musician, plays the 2001 Richards, Fowkes & Co. organ at Christ Church, New Brunswick, NJ, in its first recording. The organ was featured during the OHS American Organ Archives Symposium in May, 2005.
BACH: Concerto in d BWV 596
2 settings of Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr BWV 663 & BWV664
Prelude & Fugue in D BWV 532
Trio Sonata 5 in C BWV 529
Wir glauben all’ an einen Gott BWV 740
Sei gegrüsset BWV 768
Special Price! $9.99 Murray Forbes Somerville plays the famous Flentrop at Busch Hall, Harvard University, in the major works from Clavierübung Part III.
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The famous Flentrop at Busch Hall, Harvard University. Writes David Mulbury in The American Record Guide, May 2001, "[this CD] ranks very high among the best recent recordings...In fact, it deserves first place..."
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2-CDs for the Price of One! Michael Ferguson, whose completion of Contrapunctus 14 (which Bach left unfinished) is published and highly regarded, plays the entire work on the 56-rank Schantz in the receptive acoustic of the Church of St. Leo the Great, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Gillian Weir plays the 18 Leipzig Chorales, BWV 651-668, on the “Bach” organ at St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, where Bach was music director. Completed in 2000, the organ replicates one built in Eisenach, J. S. Bach’s hometown, where he knew the organ and the designing done for the 4-61 by his uncle, who was organist at the church. Also included are Fantasia in G, BWV 572; Trio No. 4 in e, BWV 528; Prelude & Fugue in b, BWV 544; and Toccata & Fugue in F, BWV 540.
The difficult Goldberg Variations belong to that select group of works which remain convincing, whatever the instrument. The organ offers a technical means for dividing various voices and for choosing a registration which matches the character of the variation. The Schnitger-Ahrend organ in Georgeskirche, Weener, offers fine acoustics and many chamber-music registration possibilities. Abram Bezuijen is the organist. Click on the headline to order.
Bach’s Art of Fugue functions in many ways as an instrumental counterpoint to the B-minor Mass, his last vocal work of the late 1740s. It has aesthetically nothing in common with contrapuntal and fugal treatises, and it doesn’t want to be a theory textbook. It represents a very personal statement concerning the art of composition, a deliberate synthesis of theory and practice in Bach’s very own language. Ullrich Böhme, organist of the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, plays the autograph version on the historic Riepp organ in Ottobeuren.
The Art of Fugue is played by Gerd Zacher on the 1714 Balthasar König organ at the former monastery church in Niederehe, Germany. The organ was thoroughly restored in 1998 by the shop of Hubert Fasen. It is the only König organ to be heard with the original tuning and temperament from the era it was built.
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Franz Hauk plays selected masterpieces of the Great Bach on the 4-101 Klais built at Liebfrauenmünster, Ingolstadt, in 1977. Toccata & Fugue in d, BWV 565; Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C, BWV 564; Fantasy & Fugue in g, BWV 542; Toccata & Fugue in F, BWV 540; Prelude & Fugue in D, BWV 532; An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653b; Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar, BWV 607; Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 605; In dulci jucilo, BWV 608;
Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag, BWV 629; Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
Gillian Weir plays organs built by her late husband Lawrence Phelps: the Casavant of the Deer Park United Church in Toronto and the Phelps organ of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Fort Collins, Colorado. Schübler Chorales; Clavierübung III; Chorale Partita O Gott, du frommer Gott; Pastorale in F
Kimberly Marshall plays some of Bach’s popular pieces juxtaposed with works by French composers which Bach studied. The organ is the Fisk at Stanford University, which was inspired by organs that Bach would have played. The Fisk is also unique in that it incorporates two different tuning temperaments, both of which are heard on this recording. Click Picture for Details & to Order
Pierre Bardon, titulaire for more than 40 years at St. Maximin, Aix-en-Provence, and its important 1774 Isnard organ, brings maturity and spiritual depth to the “Great 18" Bach chorales. Click on the headline to order.
In the magnificent acoustics of Regensburg Cathedral,the 3-75 Mathis organ from Switzerland sounds perfect with cathedral organist Franz Josef Stoiber playing it. The cathedral choir briefly sings each chorale before Stoiber plays Bach’s organ setting. Click on the headline for more information and to order.
What if the greatest keyboard players of the first half of the 18th century — Bach, Scarlatti, and Handel — all born in 1650, had met in a contest of technical brillance and quickness of invention? This recording imagines these remarkable musicians thus competing. David Yearsley plays the large Fisk organ at Stanford Memorial Church, Stanford University. Click on the headline for more information and to order.
Renowned organist Suzanne Chaisemartin plays Bach on the fine organ at Notre-Dame des Victoires in Paris, including Prelude & Fugue in c, S. 546; Toccata & Fugue in F, S. 540; Trio in c, S. 585, Piece d'Orgue, seven chorales, and a Partita. Click ikon for repertoire
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John Ayer plays the famous Flentrop with which E. Power Biggs is forever associated for both his radio program and his advocacy of its tonal qualities. If these CDs are played in a computer, many pictures of the organ and Biggs are displayed as the music plays. Also accessible from the CD is an Adobe Acrobat file containing Barbara Owen’s account of the organ’s creation for Busch Hall at Harvard. Click picture for repertoire
on the large organ by Paul Fritts at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington. Pièce d’Orgue, BWV 572;
Prelude & Fugues in G BWV 541, b BWV 544, c BWV 546, e BWV 548; Canonic Variations 1-5 Vom Himmel hoch BWV 769
The Orgelbüchlein as well as five more pieces are played by George Ritchie on the magnificent 83-rank magnum opus of Paul Fritts at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington. This 2-CD set (at the price of one CD) is Volume 5 in George Ritchie’s series of all of the organ works by Bach. Click on the picture for more information
At last, released for the first time in any format, these elegant performances are played by the famed teacher and organist on organs that he, himself, built. Works include Fantasia & Fugue in g; Fugue in G “Gigue;” Preludes & Fugues in d & a; Sei gegrüßet; O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 767; Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein; Wo soll ich fliehen hin Click picture for more information
Johannes Geffert plays works of Bach for instruments or voice and which have been transcribed for organ. The organ was built in 1927 by Josef Behmann of Vorarlburg for St. Martin’s in Dornbirn, Austria, and restored with no changes in 1986 by the Swiss firm Kuhn. Wolfgang Rehn of the Kuhn firm wrote about this famous restoration in Acta Organologica XXII, “The insight that each style of music is best . . . played on the original instruments of the period should certainly not be limited to ancient music . . .” The transcriptions are by Guilmant, Widor, Landmann, Karg-Elert, E. Power Biggs, and W. T. Best Click picture for repertoire
Out of print from manufacturer. The cathedral at Fulda, with its large 1877 Sauer organ rebuilt and enlarged in 1995 by Christoph Glatter-Götz of Rieger, provides vibrant acoustics for the music of Bach, including the Toccata, Adagio & Fugue, Sei gegrüsset, Prelude & Fugue in g, Trio IV, Schmücke dich. Hans-Jürgen Kaiser plays. Click picture for repertoire
Playing the gorgeous 62-rank Fritts organ at Princeton Theological Seminary, Joan Lippincott is joined by an excellent instrumental ensemble in the unusual organ obbligato movements of seven of J. S. Bach's Cantatas which they play in appropriate fast-slow-fast sequences to produce three concertos, using Bach’s own arrangements for large organ and ensemble.
The distinguished organist and teacher Felix Freidrich, leader of the Thüringian Organ Academy since 1991, organist of the Trost organ in Altenburg, and an officer of the Gottfried Silbermann Society, plays two Silbermanns: the 2-26 built at Mylau in 1731 and the 2-37 built at Reichenbach in 1725. Click ikon for repertoire
Nicholas White, organist of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in New York City, plays the Six Schübler Chorales, BWV 645-650, of J. S. Bach on the beautiful and justly famous 3-55 organ built by Rudolph von Beckerath in 1967. Also, Prelude & Fugue in B minor, BWV 544; "Come now, the holiest of Holies," BWV 659, and Prelude & Fugue in A minor, BWV 543
Michael Pohl plays the completely restored-as-built 1905 Sauer 4-136 in the Berlin Cathedral, the largest Wilhelm Sauer organ ever built and representing the ultimate development of the orchestral organ in the high Romantic period. Works: 2 Preludes & Fugues in D; Passacaglia in c; Chorales Wachet auf, Schmücke dich, Nun danket, and Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit Click ikon for further description
The Gottfried Silbermann at Rotha, Germany, built 1718-21 at St. George’s Church, comprises 30 ranks on two manuals and pedal. The fine organist Johannes Unger plays Bach, Mozart, and Mendelssohn. Click for repertoire
The Dresden organbuilder Kristian Wegscheider is likely to have a large part of the project of making a new Silbermann for the Frauenkirche such as this “new” Silbermann of 20 registers at the church in Loschwitz.
in Germany, where J. S. Bach was born. The handsome, tall, booklet describes with color photos and English text three instruments: a Silbermann spinet, a ca. 1715 German harpsichord, and a 3-rank house organ, all located in the Bach House. The instruments are well played and recorded on the CD in works by J. S. B.
James Kibbie performs on the 1990 Létourneau organs (3-55 and 1-4) in the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria in St. Catherines, Ontario.
Hubert Meister plays Trio Sonatas Nos. 1-6 BWV 525-520, on the Gottfried Silbermann organs in Grosshartmannsdorf and Forcheim.
Jonathan Biggers plays the 1992 Paul Fritts organ, Arizona State University. Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C; Partita Sei Gegrusset, Jesu gütig; Preludes & Fugues in A & a; Passacaglia in c; Chorale Preludes Schmücke dich & Wenn wir in höchsten
This respected teacher and recitalist recorded this fine CD in May, 1996, on the 1992 Paul Fritts at Arizona State University, where Clark has taught since 1981
Choose from three volumes of Harald Vogel playing works of J. S. Bach and of his contemporaries, predecessors, and successors on significant instruments from the time of Bach and new organs built in the styles of Bach’s era. Booklet notes are thorough and are in English and other languages. Registrations and stoplists are included.
Douglas Major’s performances of masterworks by Bach take advantage of the excellent acoustics of Washington National Cathedral. Toccata & Fugue in d Dorian; Toccata in F, Passacaglia & Fugue in c; Pastorale in F; Prelude & Fugue in e Cathedral; Prelude & Fugue in E-flat St. Anne; Fantasia on Komm, heiliger Geist
Organist Carl Staplin exploits the grand sound of the 3-35 Dobson tracker built in 1993 at Faith Lutheran Church, Des Moines, Iowa. This unique production precedes each of ten large chorale preludes with a choral performance of the tune sung in English.
This CD gathers famous Bach works in settings by later composers to record with period material the grand 1904 Wilhelm Sauer 3-49 at the Evangelical Church in Dormund-Dorstfeld, Germany. Tomasz Adam Nowak plays musically with energy and commitment.
This newly re-mastered CD of recordings made in 1956 at St. Laurenskerk, Alkmaar was the first stereo recording released by Archiv in its pioneering series on early music.