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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

[1761 J.A. Silbermann organ at Arlesheim Cathedral, Switzerland]
1761 J.A. Silbermann organ at Arlesheim Cathedral, Switzerland

[1735 G. Silbermann organ at St. Petri Church, Freiberg]
1735 G. Silbermann organ at St. Petri Church, Freiberg

[1988 Kleuker-Steinmeyer organ at the Tonhalle in Zürich, Switzerland]
1988 Kleuker-Steinmeyer organ at the Tonhalle in Zürich, Switzerland

[1741 Trost Organ at the Stadtkirche in Waltershausen, Germany]
1741 Trost organ at the Stadtkirche in Waltershausen, Germany

[1985 Taylor & Boody organ at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.]
1985 Taylor & Boody organ at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA

Bach Looks Back

…during his later Leipzig years, Bach revised and prepared a diverse collection of chorale preludes that were his final testament in this format.

Program Broadcast date:

Week of July 22, 2013

Audio Complete Show 1 hr 58 Min

Audio 1329 Hour 1 59:00 Min

Audio 1329 Hour 2 59:00 Min

Links and Resources:

Music played in the program

Hour 1

J. S. BACH: Fantasia, Komm heiliger Geist, BWV 651Ulrich Böhme (2000 Woehl/St. Thomas Church, Leipzig) Rondeau 6050/51

An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653Ewald Kooiman (1778 J-A Silbermann/Protestant Church, Bouxwiller) Aeolus 10841

Herr Jesu Christ, dch zu uns wend', BWV 655Lionel Rogg (1768 J-A Silbermann/Arlesheim Cathedral) Harmonia Mundi 290778

O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 656Gerhard Weinberger (1735 G. Silbermann/St. Petri Church, Freiberg) cpo 999 664

Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654Joan Lippincott (1976 Flentrop/Duke University Chapel, Durham, NC) Gothic 49099

Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 657Helmut Walcha (1780 J-A Silbermann-1950 Muhleisen/St. Pierre-le-Jeune, Strasbourg) Archiv 419 904-10

Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (3 settings) –Bernard Foccroulle BWV 659 (1714 G. Silbermann/Freiberg Cathedral) Ricercar212; Jacques van Oortmerssen, BWV 660 (1734 Müller/Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam) Challenge Classics 72096; Walter Kraft, BWV 661 (1782 Stumm/Amorbach Abbey) Musical Concepts 191-11

Hour 2

Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, BWV 658aJean Guillou (1988 Kleuker-Steinmeyer/Tonhalle, Zurich) Dorian 90151

Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, BWV 652Antoine Bouchard (1961 Beckerath/Immaculate Conception Church, Montreal) REM 311130

Allein Gott in der Höh' (3 settings) –Marie-Claire Alain, BWV 662 (1740 Schnitger/Martinikerk, Groningen) Erato 96718; Hans Fagius, BWV 663 (1982 Magnassun/Kristine Church, Falun, Sweden) BIS 235/6; Pierre Bardon, BWV 664 (1774 Isnard/St. Maximin Basilica) Syrius 141370

Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 665/666Cristina Garcia Banegas (1741 Trost/Stadtkirche Waltershausen) Motette 12391

Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist, BWV 667Wolfgang Rübsam (1985 Taylor & Boody/Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA) Naxos 8.550927

Vor deinen Thron tret' ich hiermit, BWV 668Almut Rössler (2000 Woehl/St. Thomas Church, Leipzig) Motette 13151


In addition to various online resources, Russell Stinson provides a comprehensive look at "Johann Sebastian Bach's Great Eighteen Organ Chorales", his excellent book available from Oxford University Press.