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Celebrating the pipe organ, the King of Instruments

A Bach Gamut

Everything has to start somewhere, and on this week’s Pipedreams broadcast it begins with some alpha wavesmusic in the key of A, beginning a scalar ascent through some of Johann Sebastian Bach’s best and best-loved works. Wolfgang Rübsam performs at the Martini Church in Groningen, the Netherlands; Kevin Bowyer solos in Odense, Denmark; and Daniel Chorzempa, David Roght, Hans Fagius, Noel Rawsthorne, Jean-Patrice Brosse, Thierry Mechler and E. Power Biggs all reveal the genius of Bach in preludes and fugues, fantasies and chorale settings.

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Music played in the program

J.S. BACH: Prelude & Fugue in A, S. 536 –Wolfgang Rübsam (1692 Arp Schnitger [plus additions]/Martinikerk, Groningen, The Netherlands) Naxos 8.550652

J.S. BACH: Fantasia in b, S. 563; Fugue in b after Albinoni, S. 951 –Kevin Bowyer (1962; 1987 Marcussen & Søn/St. Hans Church, Odense, Denmark) Nimbus NI 5377

J.S. BACH: Allegro, from Trio Sonata Number 5 in C, S. 529 –Daniel Chorzempa (1722 F.C. Schnitger/Reformed Church, Meppel, Netherlands) Philips 422 946

J.S. BACH: Prelude & Fugue in c, S. 546 –David Rothe (1990 Yokota/California State University, Chico, CA) University Press CD-001

J.S. BACH: Prelude & Fugue in D, S. 532 –Hans Fagius (1728 Cahman/Leufsta Bruk Church, Sweden) BIS-CD-308/309

J.S. BACH: Fugue in E-flat, S. 552, Saint AnneNoel Rawsthorne (1926 Henry Willis & Sons/Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool, England, UK) EMI Classics CFP 4479

J.S. BACH: Partita in f on Christ, der du bist der helle Tag, S. 766 –Jean-Patrice Brosse (1980 Lacroix/Basilique Saint-Justus, Valcabrere, France) Pierre Verany 793011

J.S. BACH: Chorale-prelude, Schmücke dich, O liebe SeeleThierry Mechler (1975 Kern/Église Saint-Martin, Masevaux, France) REM CD-311144

J.S. BACH: Fugue in g, S. 578; Fugue in G, Jig S. 577 –E. Power Biggs (1958 Flentrop/Adolphus Busch Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA) CBS Masterworks MK 42644


This program was originally issued as #9411 in March 1994.


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