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Bach At Naumburg

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Calcante CD041

Year
2001

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By: ragbin on Nov, 16 2011

A set of two CDs of an organ played by, approved by and possibly designed by J. S. Bach, and thought by many to be the best instrument on which to perform his works, but there's more: there is an ethereal quality to the music which conjures up a mental picture of a huge cathedral. In fact, St Wenzels is a tall box of a church, largely unimpeded by pillars and deep galleries, the ideal sound chamber.

By: Brian on Dec, 07 2011

Paints a marvelous sound picture - not just the organ, which is excellent - but the whole effect of a large space filled with harmony is particularly appealing.

Organist

Robert Clark

Organ

St. Wenzels Kirche
Naumburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany - map
Hildebrant/Eule 1746 III/75
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By: Brian on Oct, 24 2011

A magnificent wall of harmonious Bach greatness, played on a stunning instrument. Play it LOUD!

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Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (BWV 711) View sheetmusic
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By: Brian on Mar, 20 2012

Yes - it's a bit much, isn't it? :)

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By: Brian on Jan, 04 2012

The one track I've heard so far where the acoustics prove a little too much for the music and tend to mush the detail a little - but the blurring is still a rather pleasant and musical effect. The gently rolling pedal line suits the acoustic very well.

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By: jimlogue on Sep, 09 2014

A truly beautiful piece of music!

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Ach, Gott und Herr (BWV 714) View sheetmusic
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By: DutchPublisher on Sep, 12 2012

Impressive.

By: ragbin on Jan, 17 2014

"..the last variation ...is surely one of the grandest examples of recorded organ sound" - Arthur Lawrence, American Bach Society newsletter, Fall 2002

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By: Brian on May, 09 2012

Rather like I'd imagine a mirage of flutes. Pretty good.

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By: ragbin on Oct, 22 2011

A marvellous flood of sound

By: Brian on Mar, 23 2012

One of my favourites, and seldom has it sounded so good. This is excellent.

By: Tromba on May, 17 2016

The mixtures on this organ really sing brilliantly.

By: MusicDonor2014 on May, 25 2016

BRAVO !! - and I totally agree with the others who wrote critical acclaim, Dr. Clark. THANK YOU!

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By: Brian on Jan, 01 2012

Lovely balance of stops on a superb organ in a perfect acoustic. Excellent.

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By: ragbin on Jul, 16 2011

Rich sonorities from an historic and (judging by the photograph) beautiful organ

By: Brian on Oct, 26 2011

Huge, rolling, space-filling sound. Magnificent.

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By: Formentelli on Feb, 09 2011

Very good registration!

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By: Brian on Feb, 01 2012

Rich, full acoustics and a fairly distant recording add to this piece, giving it a nice meditative feeling.

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By: ragbin on Apr, 04 2012

The sound of the Naumburg Hildebrandt is unmistakable.

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Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr (BWV 662) View sheetmusic
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By: MusicDonor2014 on Apr, 06 2016

It's impossible for those who know the recorded recitals of Dr. John Obetz on THE AUDITORIUM ORGAN broadcasts from Independence, MO to not recognize this joyful piece by BACH. This was Dr. John's closing piece at the end of each program for 30 years.

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By: ragbin on Dec, 06 2011

The Fugue is another example of how well suited the organ is to this music, and vice versa.

By: Brian on Feb, 20 2013

Agreed - it makes a magnificent sound and is played very competently.

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By: ragbin on Nov, 15 2011

On what is thought to be the best organ of all for Bach, and the "sumptuous reverberations" of this church, this is just about as perfect as it gets.

By: Brian on Jun, 21 2012

How could anyone fail to immediately love organ music on hearing this? It's the sort of performance that banishes the everyday humdrum things of life and replaces them with a truly glorious and uplifting experience. Perfection indeed, and 5 stars are not enough to rate it.

By: galisteo on Feb, 11 2013

Quite possibly the greatest organ recording in my collection,it will test your speakers and take you to places...thank you for Naumburg.this recording is perfection:-) majestic....

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