J. S. Bach

J.S. Bach Oeuvres d'orgue Vol. 2

Pierre Bardon plays the historic organ of the Basilica of the Royal Monastery of St. Maximin.
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J. S. Bach Organ Works: Margaret Phillips
NEW! In 8 Volumes!
J.S. Bach Weimar Preludes & Fugues
NEW! Bach's prelude and fugue compositions reached an extraordinary peak of sophistication and virtuosity during his tenure as court organist in Weimar (1708-1717). Joan Lippincott plays the Paul Fritts organ in a highly reverberant room that is not unlike the court chapel in Weimar.
J.S. Bach Concerto Transcriptions
NEW! This unusual recording celebrates 30 years of Joan Lippincott's Bach recordings on Gothic, and includes her own dazzling transcription of the Bach/Vivaldi concerto for four harpsichords.
J.S. Bach - Art of Fugue
NEW! Few organists are as well known or as highly praised for their Bach recordings as Joan Lippincott. Performing on the newly-constructed Craighead-Saunders organ (closely modeled after a 1776 instrument by the central German organbuilder Casparini), Lippincott brings a maturity of vision to Art of Fugue that is based on a lifetime of distinguished interpretations and insights into Bach's organ works.
Andrew Sampson plays Bach on the Mander Organ at St. Matthew's
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.
The Bach Masses Volume 1
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.
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Albert Schweitzer: The Organist
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.
Bach at Amorbach: Nicholas Kynaston
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.
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Cleveland in Columbus
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.
J. S. Bach Organ Works Complete
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.
Bach at Bryn Mawr
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.”
Robert Noehren Plays Bach
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.
Bach Trio Sonatas: Alard at Saint-Louis en l’Île, Paris
Benjamin Alard offers brilliant renditions of the Bach Trio Sonatas on the Aubertin organ in Saint-Louis en l'Île, Paris.

"This recording comes highly recommended" from Matthew Power in Choir and Organ.
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1723 Hildebrandt at Störmthal: William Porter Plays
At Störmthal, William Porter thoroughly demonstrates Zacharias Hildebrandt's first organ.
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J. S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion
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Trio Sonatas of J. S. Bach: Christa Rakich
Christa Rakich employs organs, harpsichord, flute, violin, ‘cello, and viola da gamba to perform the Bach Trio Sonatas.
Bach in Naumburg
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.
J. S. Bach's Earliest Autographs:  The Weimar Tablature
Jean-Claude Zehnder plays works drawn from this fascinating document on the Schnitger organ known to Bach in St. Jacob’s Church, Hamburg.
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Bach at the Zenith

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.”
Johann Sebastian Bach: Orgelwerke - Hamm
Organist Heinrich Hamm plays works of J.S. Bach on an historical wonder, the 1750 Gabler organ at the Basilika Weingarten in Southern Germany.
Bach and the Italian Influence
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.
OHS Member Performs
Pascale Rouet, orgue - Charleville-Mézières
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.
Robert Clark plays Bach at Springfield
John Brombaugh’s Opus 35 of 3 manuals, 49 stops and 70 ranks at Springfield, Illinois' First Presbyterian Church hosts an all-Bach program.
Joan Lippincott Plays Clavierübung III & Schübler Chorales
Joan Lippincott plays the beautiful organ built by Paul Fritts at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Bach in New Brunswick: Aart Bergwerff Plays 2001 Richards, Fowkes Organ
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
J. S. Bach: Orgelbuchlein BWV 599-644 - Murray Forbes Somerville
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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Bach: Art of Fugue, Completed
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.
Bach at St. Thomas, Leipzig: Great 18 Leipzig Chorales -- Gillian Weir Plays
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.
Bach Masterworks on 101 Ranks, Franz Hauk Plays
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
Bach and the French Connection
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
Remembering Biggs, Bach, and The Busch
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
George Ritchie Plays Bach, Vol. 1
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George Ritchie Plays Bach, Vol. 4
Robert Noehren Plays Bach
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
Bach Transcribed on a 1927 Austrian Romantic Organ
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
Bach at Fulda Cathedral
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
Silbermann Organs in Vogtland: Mylau & Reichenbach
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
The Amsterdam Bach<BR>Schübler Chorales + more at St. Michael's, NYC
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
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Robert Clark Plays Organ Works "From the Land of Bach"
Robert Clark plays the Fritts organ at Arizona State University. Works by Bach, Scheidt, Kittel, Schumann, Mendelssohn Click ikon for repertoire
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Wegscheider Copies Silbermann
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.
Joan Lippincott, Organist plays: J. S. Bach: Leipzig Chorales
On the Flentrop Organ of Duke Chapel.
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Joan Lippincott Plays Bach's Toccatas & Fugues
at Duke University on the Flentrop magnum opus. Included are Bach’s four great Toccatas and Fugues plus the Prelude and Fugue in C and the Passacaglia.
Harald Vogel: The Bach Circle in Three Volumes
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.
Bach Clavierübung III
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.
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Bach:  The Art of the Fugue

Lynn Zeigler plays the Brombaugh Op. 29 at Iowa State University in this 2-CD set.
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Bach in New Clothing
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.
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Helmut Walcha Plays Bach’s Art of Fugue
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.
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