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J.S. Bach: Complete Organ Works

Notes & Reviews:

Recently I asked one famous organist whetherhe had any plans to join that vast throng in recording the complete Bach. His response was that something special was needed in a performer before committing Bach to disc. Koopman has that something special. So special, in fact, that comparisons are inappropriate. Marie Claire Alain (Erato) might surpass in her use of organ colour, while in terms of musicianship the towering timelessness of Helmut Walcha (on Archiv) is matchless; but while Alain's registrations so often seem to have been deliberately contrived to achieve variety, Koopman's serve simply to underline the essence of each Prelude (brilliantly in BWV660), and while Walcha gives each little piece 'stature', Koopman's no-nonsense approach is utterly compelling. -Gramophone



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