Bach: Works For Organ Vol 16 - The Clock Pieces / Bowyer

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Vol. 16 of Kevin Bowyer’s survey of Bach’s organ music consists mainly of fragments, variants and misattributions, not all of which by any means were...
Vol. 16 of Kevin Bowyer’s survey of Bach’s organ music consists mainly of fragments, variants and misattributions, not all of which by any means were specifically intended for the organ. Among the more substantial pieces are two concertos which Bach translated to keyboard without pedals. One of them is an arrangement of the ninth concerto from Vivaldi’s first published set of such pieces for violin and strings, L’estro armonico; the other is a piece similarly arranged from a concerto by Duke Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar. Bowyer articulates them clearly and has chosen suitable tempi, but generally speaking they sound more idiomatic on a harpsichord, which was probably Bach’s preferred instrument in these instances. Nevertheless, he has left us a version with pedals of the first movement of Duke Johann Ernst’s Concerto which further attests to his fascination with the contrapuntal complexities afforded by these Italianate pieces. Many of the remaining items contained in this two-CD set are by hands other than Bach’s. Some of these are more well-sustained and more entertaining than others, but Bowyer, takes us down a path that is anything but well-trodden and his programme holds much of interest in store, above all perhaps for the innocent ear. Further removed from the Bach idiom are the 18 delightful pieces inspired by the Cöthen castle clock. Notwithstanding their BWV Anhang credentials they clearly belong to a later hand, very possibly that of one of Bach’s pupils or circle of family and friends. Among many other things here which charm the senses is a cheerful Prelude by his pupil Gottfried August Homilius on the hymn melody ‘Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele’. The Marcussen organ at Odense in Denmark is a superb instrument and its character has been effectively captured by the recording.

-- Nicholas Anderson, BBC Music Magazine


Product Description:


  • Release Date: May 01, 2004


  • UPC: 710357573422


  • Catalog Number: NI5734-5


  • Label: Nimbus


  • Number of Discs: 2


  • Composer: Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach, Christian Friedrich Witt, Henry Purcell, Johann Christoph Bach, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Johann P. Kellner, Johann Sebastian Bach, Justin Heinrich Knecht, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach


  • Performer: Kevin Bowyer



Works:


  1. Concerto in D major after Vivaldi, BWV 972

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  2. Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV 691a

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  3. Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 545a

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  4. Prelude and Fugue in A major, BWV 536a: Prelude

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  5. Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ

    Composer: Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  6. An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653a

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  7. Passacaglia for Organ in D minor

    Composer: Christian Friedrich Witt

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  8. Fugue on a theme by Legrenzi in C minor, BWV 574b

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  9. Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 683a

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  10. Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 676a

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  11. Ich hab' mein' Sach' Gott, BWV 708a

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  12. Fugue for Organ in D minor [formerly attributed to Bach, BWV Anh. 180]

    Composer: Johann P. Kellner

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  13. Ach Gott und Herr, BWV 692 [now known to be by J.G. Walther]

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  14. Ach Gott und Herr, BWV 693 [now known to be by J.G. Walther]

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  15. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 759

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  16. Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 760

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  17. Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 761

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  18. Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 549a

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  19. Fugue for Keyboard in E minor

    Composer: Johann Georg Albrechtsberger

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  20. Concerto in C major after Duke Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar, BWV 984

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  21. Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543: Prelude

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  22. Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 535a [fragment]

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  23. Fantasia super Valet will ich dir geben, BWV 735a

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  24. Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV 695A

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  25. Pedal-Exercitium, BWV 598

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  26. Fantasie in C major, BWV 573

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  27. Jesu meine Freude, BWV 753

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  28. Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 764

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  29. O Trauerichkeit, o Herzeleid, BWV Anh 200 [fragment]

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  30. Jesu Leiden, Pein und Tod, BWV Anh. 57

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  31. Pieces (18) for Musical Clock, F 207

    Composer: Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  32. Fugue in B flat major on B-A-C-H

    Composer: Justin Heinrich Knecht

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  33. Toccata in A major, Z D229

    Composer: Henry Purcell

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  34. Chaconne for Keyboard in B flat major, BWV Anh. 82

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  35. Chaconne for Keyboard in A major, BWV Anh. 83

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  36. Chaconne for Keyboard in G major, BWV Anh. 84

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  37. Prelude and Fugue in B flat major, BWV 898

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)


  38. Praeludium und Fuge for Organ in E flat major

    Composer: Johann Christoph Bach

    Performer: Kevin Bowyer (Organ)