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J.S. Bach: Organ Works / Hamilton

> 6 Schubler Chorales, BWV 645-650 - 6 Schubler Chorales, BWV 645-650: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
> Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 - Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
> Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721 - Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721
> Piece d'Orgue in G major, BWV 572, "Fantasia in G major" - Piece d'Orgue in G major, BWV 572, "Fantasia in G major"
> Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644 - Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sunde gross, BWV 622
> Toccata, adagio and fugue in C major, BWV 564 - Toccata
> Toccata, adagio and fugue in C major, BWV 564 - Adagio
> Toccata, adagio and fugue in C major, BWV 564 - Fugue
> Dies sind die heilgen zehen Gebot, BWV 678 - Dies sind die heilgen zehen Gebot, BWV 678
> Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV 552, "St. Anne" - Prelude
> Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV 552, "St. Anne" - Fugue

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for organ (Schubler Chorale no 1), BWV 645 (BC K22
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Erbarm' dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasie in G major, BWV 572
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orgelbuchlein
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Dies sind die heilgen zehen Gebot, BWV 678
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in E flat major, BWV 552 "St. Anne"
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Organist David Hamilton studied at Glasgow University, the North-German Organ Academy and the Zwolle Conservatory in the Netherlands. He was a prizewinner at the Royal College of Organists’ exams. In addition to his position as organist of Strathclyde University, he teaches at Douglas Academy and is director of music at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Hamilton.

"This beautifully-recorded CD shows David Hamilton in his element playing the works of the master on one of the most exquisite sounding organs I have heard of late. The richness yet at the same time simplicity of sound is particularly noticeable in the imposing Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582 which I could not stop playing over and over again.

The short pieces are also highly evocative especially the opening "Wachet auf" and BWV 678 which although brief are informed with much zest and rarefied beauty. Hamilton uses the Kirk organ's tonal palette quite magically and Divine Art's recording is admirable in its clarity and homespun acoustic.

You may perhaps find bolder-sounding versions of these works with Peter Hurford (Decca) or Helmut Walcha (DG) not to mention Christopher Herrick's admirable series on Hyperion but Hamilton is the real deal if you want to listen to a truly original Bach recital. His notes are also detailed but easy to read and this is all part of a package which is most strongly recommended to the organ and Bach enthusiast."-classical.net

"Hamilton's playing is always clean, precise, and free of annoying mannerisms- articulate but not brittle and expressive without self-indulgence."-American Record Guide

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland (02/16/2010-02/18/2010).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for organ (Schübler Chorale no 1), BWV 645 (BC K22
  • Performer: David Hamilton [Composer/Writer] (Organ)
  • Notes: Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland (02/16/2010-02/18/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1748-1749

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
  • Performer: David Hamilton [Composer/Writer] (Organ)
  • Notes: Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland (02/16/2010-02/18/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1708-1712

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Erbarm' dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721
  • Performer: David Hamilton [Composer/Writer] (Organ)
  • Notes: Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland (02/16/2010-02/18/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasie in G major, BWV 572
  • Performer: David Hamilton [Composer/Writer] (Organ)
  • Notes: Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland (02/16/2010-02/18/2010)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1712

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orgelbüchlein
  • Performer: David Hamilton [Composer/Writer] (Organ)
  • Notes: Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland (02/16/2010-02/18/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713-1715

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564
  • Performer: David Hamilton [Composer/Writer] (Organ)
  • Notes: Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland (02/16/2010-02/18/2010)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1712

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Dies sind die heilgen zehen Gebot, BWV 678
  • Performer: David Hamilton [Composer/Writer] (Organ)
  • Notes: Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland (02/16/2010-02/18/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1739

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in E flat major, BWV 552 "St. Anne"
  • Performer: David Hamilton [Composer/Writer] (Organ)
  • Notes: Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, Scotland (02/16/2010-02/18/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1739