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J.S. Bach: Organ Works - Toccata & Fugue in D minor et al. / Masaaki Suzuki, organ of Martinkerk, Groningen

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Pastorale in F major, BWV 590
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partite sopra "O Gott, du frommer Gott", BWV 767
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasia for organ in G major, BWV 572 (BC J83)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for organ in G minor, BWV 535
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Vom himmel hoch, da komm ich her (I), canonic variations on the Christmas hymn for organ, BWV 769
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in E minor, BWV 548 "Wedge"
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The recipient of the 2012 City of Leipzig Bach Medal, Masaaki Suzuki has earned an enviable reputation as an interpreter of the music of J. S. Bach - as a reviewer in Int'l Record Guide has put it: 'With Suzuki you can hear Bach's heart beat'. To a wide audience he is known as the director of Bach Collegium Japan, and the moving force behind the ensemble's acclaimed recordings of Bach's complete sacred cantatas. Perhaps less well known is that he began his career - at the age of 12! - playing the organ at church services in Kobe, where he was born. Suzuki has remained true to the organ throughout his life, and for BIS he has previously recorded Bach's German Organ Mass, as well as programs of Buxtehude and Sweelinck. He here appears on a disc combining some of Bach's best-loved works for the instrument, including the D minor Toccata and Fugue, the Partitas on 'O Gott, du frommer Gott', BWV 767, the Canonic Variations, BWV?769, and the celebrated Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV?548. The recording was made in Groningen's Martinikerk, with Suzuki performing on one of the Netherlands' most important and impressive organs.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2016
One of the most versatile of all Bachians, Masaaki Suzuki still manages to spring a surprise with this outstanding recital...From its woody chuff to bright rasp, the instrument is superbly captured here and Suzuki uses it with flair and imagination...both this performance [of Von Himmel Hoch] and that of the pungent Pastorale breathe wioth the best seasonal spirit.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
Masaaki Suzuki is probably best known as founder (1990) and director of the Bach Collegium Japan and for his many recordings with them of Bach's sacred vocal works including all of the cantatas. He is also an accomplished harpsichordist and organist. His past recordings have included organ works of Buxtehude and a celebrated set of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. The present program gives a varied cross section of Bach's organ works, beginning with the familiar Toccata & Fugue in D minor and concluding with the Prelude & Fugue in E minor (Wedge). Towards the middle of the program is the early Prelude & Fugue in G minor, a work of youthful energy and exuberance. The Italian-inspired Pastorale (or Pastorella) in F and the French-influenced Fantasia in G (or Piece d'Orgue as it is more often called in the sources) are generically unique in Bach's organ output. Chorale-based works are represented by the early Partita on 'O Gott, du Frommer Gott' and the mature Canonic Variations on 'Vom Himmel Hoch'.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Martinikerk, Groningen, The Netherlands (07/2014).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565
  • Performer: Masaaki Suzuki [Conductor/Organ] (Organ)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1708

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Pastorale in F major, BWV 590
  • Performer: Masaaki Suzuki [Conductor/Organ] (Organ)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: after 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partite sopra "O Gott, du frommer Gott", BWV 767
  • Performer: Masaaki Suzuki [Conductor/Organ] (Organ)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1751

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasia for organ in G major, BWV 572 (BC J83)
  • Performer: Masaaki Suzuki [Conductor/Organ] (Organ)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1712

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for organ in G minor, BWV 535
  • Performer: Masaaki Suzuki [Conductor/Organ] (Organ)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1705

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Vom himmel hoch, da komm ich her (I), canonic variations on the Christmas hymn for organ, BWV 769
  • Performer: Masaaki Suzuki [Conductor/Organ] (Organ)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 06/1747

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in E minor, BWV 548 "Wedge"
  • Performer: Masaaki Suzuki [Conductor/Organ] (Organ)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727-1731