Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments
We pick up the contrapuntal thread from last week and continue with some additional adventures. Bach left Die Kunst der Fuge incomplete, perhaps by design, perhaps by oversight, perhaps due to ill health. Should one resist the temptation to imagine a conclusion? We don’t.
J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, Komm heiliger Geist, S. 651 –Gerhard Weinberger (1735 G. Silbermann/Petrikirche, Freiberg, Germany) cpo 999 664
Note: this chorale is a single item. Although there were two before, at one point, this is the correct listing.
J.S. BACH: Contrapunctus XIV, on 4 themes, from Art of Fugue, S. 1080 [completed]
by Helmut Walcha (1780 Silbermann/Église Saint Pierre-le-Jeune, Strasbourg, France) Archive 12 CD-419904
by Lionel Rogg (1959 Metzler/St. Peter Cathedral, Geneva, Switzerland) Angel LP SB-3766
by Michael Ferguson (1979 C.B. Fisk/House of Hope Presbyterian, Saint Paul, MN) Pipedreams PD 1001
Filler –Contrapunctus Number 4, from Art of Fugue –Wolfgang Rübsam, Philips 438 186
Our trip seems to conclude here but with realization that it may never end as long as listeners are eager to be engaged by music such as this, both rigorous and remarkable!