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Bach at Saint Bavo

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Telarc CD-80286

Year
1992

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Grote Kirk
Haarlem, Netherlands - map
Muller/Marcussen and Son 1738 III/64
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JS Bach Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major - St. Anne (BWV 552) View sheetmusic
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By: atlanta678 on Jun, 19 2011

To each his own... but I love this performance for the clarity and choice of registrations.

By: Brian on Jan, 18 2012

Dull and leaden - plods on endlessly, removing the will to live in the process.

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Toccata and Fugue in D minor - Dorian (BWV 538) View sheetmusic
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By: Brian on Aug, 29 2012

A mechanical and rather unpleasantly tinkly toccata with a dead fugue attached to it.

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Fantasia and Fugue in C minor (BWV 537) View sheetmusic
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Prelude and Fugue in C major - 9-8 (BWV 547) View sheetmusic
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By: Brian on Jul, 11 2012

A fantastic organ making a beautiful sound - and how unfortunate it's being played in this leaden, lifeless manner. I didn't think it was possible to play this wonderful prelude with all the joy and spontaneity of a funeral dirge, but here it is.

By: Tromba on Jan, 15 2016

Hey Brian, you ever actually played one of these big old tracker organs personally? It can be a real chore, especially with a bunch of stops drawn and couplers on. It's played with precision and accuracy, more important than speed anytime.

By: Brian on Jan, 15 2016

Tromba - heavy it may be, but many other players still manage to extract something dancing with life from this fine instrument.

By: Tromba on Jan, 15 2016

Mr. Murray recorded a Bach disc at an organ in Germany, don't remember the church or the disc name, but it was a much more animated performance.

By: Brian on Jan, 15 2016

Yes indeed, I've heard much better from Mr. Murray too.

By: Tromba on Jan, 15 2016

Have you heard either of his inaugural discs played at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco? Quite nice.

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Ach, Gott und Herr (BWV 714) View sheetmusic
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O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sunde gross (BWV 622) View sheetmusic
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By: cyclist on Jun, 30 2011

An indifferent performance on a wonderful organ. The ornamentation seems too confused.

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Christ lag in Todesbanden, First Version (BWV 625) View sheetmusic
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By: Brian on Jan, 18 2012

Floats around pretty aimlessly and really, just misses the point.

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Christ lag in Todesbanden, Second Version (BWV 625) View sheetmusic
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