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J.S. Bach: The Organ Toccatas / Christoph Schoener, organs of St. Michaelis-Church, Hamburg

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude (Toccata) and Fugue, for organ in E major, BWV 566 (BC J17)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in F major, BWV 540
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (I), chorale prelude for organ (Achtzehn Choräle no 11), BWV 662 (BC
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Erbarm' dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538 "Dorian"
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Notes & Reviews:

On this enthralling new recording Christoph Schoener plays Johann Sebastian Bach's five toccatas on all four organs in St. Michael's Church in Hamburg. For the famous Toccata in D minor three instruments team up to do the job! Thanks to MDG's 2+2+2 reproduction method and nighttime quiet, this overwhelming sound event can now be experienced for the first time in the home.

On this finely balanced Super Audio CD each instrument is heard in its original place, and the magnificent baroque interior of this Hanseatic principal church is conveyed in superb natural sound. Opulent room effect was also a motivating idea behind the recently completed restoration of the organs.

Bach's toccatas are especially finely suited for performance on several organs. Already the beginning of what is certainly the most popular organ work of all time, the Toccata in D minor, is staged by Christoph Schoener as a fascinating room installation, and when the echo organ then sounds from the airy heights, the three dimensional recording is shown from its most spectacular side.

Christoph Schoener, the organist at St. Michael's Church in Hamburg, plays Bach's toccatas against a historically informed background, while the player's joy of discovery also gets its fair share. The MDG sound engineers generate unclouded listening pleasure and have conjured up an attractive sound picture for stereo friends as well. The three-dimensional effect of the 2+2+2 reproduction making this recording a unique experience is truly breathtaking.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Michael's Cathedral, Hamburg, Germany (09/2014).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565
  • Performer: Christoph Schoener (Organ)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1708

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude (Toccata) and Fugue, for organ in E major, BWV 566 (BC J17)
  • Performer: Christoph Schoener (Organ)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1708

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in F major, BWV 540
  • Performer: Christoph Schoener (Organ)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (I), chorale prelude for organ (Achtzehn Choräle no 11), BWV 662 (BC
  • Performer: Christoph Schoener (Organ)
  • Running Time: 8 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in F major, BWV 540
  • Performer: Christoph Schoener (Organ)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Erbarm' dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721
  • Performer: Christoph Schoener (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538 "Dorian"
  • Performer: Christoph Schoener (Organ)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1712-1717