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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1971 Ruffatti organ at Saint Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco, California][decorative stamp]
1971 Ruffatti organ at Saint Mary’s Cathedral, San Francisco, California

[1958 Flentrop organ at Adolphus Busch Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts][decorative stamp]
1958 Flentrop organ at Adolphus Busch Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

[1726 Christian Vater; 1738 Christian Muller organ at the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands][decorative stamp]
1726 Christian Vater; 1738 Christian Muller organ at the Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

[1725 F.C. Schnitger organ at Sint Laurenskerk, Alkmaar, The Netherlands][decorative stamp]
1725 F.C. Schnitger organ at Sint Laurenskerk, Alkmaar, The Netherlands

[1939 Sauer organ at the Saint Petri Dom, Bremen, Germany][decorative stamp]
1939 Sauer organ at the Saint Petri Dom, Bremen, Germany

[1718 Silbermann; 1952 Muhleisen organ at Eglise protestante Sainte-Aurelie, Strasbourg, France][decorative stamp]
1718 Silbermann; 1952 Mühleisen organ at Église protestante Sainte-Aurélie, Strasbourg, France

[1868 Cavaille-Coll organ at Cathedrale Notre Dame, Paris, France][decorative stamp]
1868 Cavaillé-Coll organ at Cathédrale Notre Dame, Paris, France

Bach from the Dead

This week we listen to recordings from generations before ours by performers who knew a thing or two about making Olde Sebastian’s scores come alive.

Program Broadcast dates:

  • August 16, 2004

Music played in the program

J.S. BACH: Fantasy in g, S. 542 –LOUIS VIERNE (1868 Cavaillé-Coll/Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, France) EMI Classics CDC 55037

J.S. BACH: Fantasy in g, S. 542 –Anton Heiller (1959 Marcussen/St. Mary Church, Hälsingborg, Sweden) Bach Guild CD-2005

J.S. BACH: Vivace, from Trio Sonata Number 6 in G, S. 530 –Helmut Walcha (1725 F.C. Schnitger/Sint Laurenskerk, Alkmaar, The Netherlands) Archive 419 904

J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele, S. 654 –Albert Schweitzer (1718 Silbermann; 1952 Mühleisen/Église Saint Aurelie, Strasbourg, France) Pearl CD-9959

J.S. BACH: Prelude in C, S. 547 –Andre Marchal (1872 Kuhn/Neumünsterkirche, Zürich, Switzerland) Ades CD-13.279

J.S. BACH: 2 Polonaises in g, from Anna Magdalena Notebook –E. Power Biggs (1958 Flentrop/Adolphus Busch Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA) CBS Masterworks MK 30539

J.S. BACH: Fugue in G, S. 577, JigE. Power Biggs (1958 Flentrop/Adolphus Busch Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA) CBS Masterworks MK 42644

J.S. BACH: Prelude in b, S. 544, from the early Straube edition, –Käte van Tricht (1939 Sauer/St. Peter Cathedral, Bremen, Germany) Dabringhaus und Grimm MDG 318 0241

J.S. BACH: Prelude & Fugue in a, S. 543 –Virgil Fox (1971 Ruffatti/Cathedral of St. Mary, San Francisco, CA) SeeMusic CD-041

J.S. BACH: Toccata in d, S. 565 –Robert Elmore (1932 Midmer-Losh/Atlantic City Convention Hall, NJ) ACCHOS CD-02

J.S. BACH: Fugue in d, S. 565 –George Thalben-Ball (1930 Compton/BBC Broadcasting House, London, England, UK) Amphion CD-169

J.S. BACH: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, from Orgelbüchlein –Michael Schneider (1964 Aeolian-Skinner/Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL) Pipedreams Archive recorded April 13, 1964

J.S. BACH: Toccata in F, S. 540 –Feike Asma (1726 Vater/Oude Kerk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) Philips 441 963