JS Bach: Organ Works, Vol. 2

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JS Bach: Organ Works, Vol. 2



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3rd March 2017




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JS Bach: Organ Works, Vol. 2

Bach, J S:

Prelude & Fugue in G major, BWV541

Organ Concerto in D minor (after Vivaldi), BWV596

Chorale Partita BWV768 'Sei gegrusset, Jesu gütig'

Organ Concerto in C major (after Vivaldi), BWV594

Prelude & Fugue in C major, BWV547


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Before releasing his first disc of Bach’s organ works, Masaaki Suzuki had recorded the composer’s complete sacred cantatas, as well as the large-scale choral works and much of the music for harpsichord. His achievements in these fields obscured the fact that Suzuki originally trained as an organist, and began working as such already at the age of twelve. So when Volume 1 of this series reached reviewers around the world, it was something of a revelation to many: the disc went on to be named Choice of the Month in BBC Music Magazine, Diapason d’Or in Diapason and Recording of the Month in Gramophone, which then went on to include it on its list of the ‘50 Greatest Bach Recordings’.

Volume 1 featured the celebrated Schnitger/Hinz organ of Groningen’s Martinikerk in the Netherlands. For the present instalment, Suzuki returned to more familiar ground – the chapel of the Kobe Shoin Women's University where the great majority of his recordings with Bach Collegium Japan have taken place. The chapel houses a French classical organ built in 1983 by Marc Garnier, and on it Suzuki performs a highly symmetrical programme with the large-scale chorale partita BWV 768 at its centre. The work is known as ‘Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig’, although the chorale text that it is structured upon most probably is that of ‘O Jesu, du edle Gabe’. On either side the partita is flanked by an arrangement by Bach of concertos by Vivaldi, and a chorale prelude on ‘Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier’. The disc opens and closes with a Prelude and Fugue, in G major and C major respectively.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude & Fugue in G Major, BWV 541



Johann Sebastian Bach: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 730

Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 730

Johann Sebastian Bach: Organ Concerto in D Minor, BWV 596

I. [Allegro] - II. Grave - III. Fugue

IV. Largo e spiccato

V. [Allegro]

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita on Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig, BWV 768

Choral: Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig

Variation 1

Variation 2

Variation 3

Variation 4

Variation 5

Variation 6

Variation 7

Variation 8

Variation 9

Variation 10

Variation 11

Johann Sebastian Bach: Organ Concerto in C Major, BWV 594

I. Allegro

II. Recitativo: Adagio

III. Allegro

Johann Sebastian Bach: Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731

Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude & Fugue in C Major, BWV 547



MusicWeb International

4th May 2017

“Another fine Bach recital from Suzuki.”

Choir & Organ

May 2017


“this second Bach recoding shows his fine musicianship…a splendidly balanced and varied disc…”

Gramophone Magazine

May 2017

“Performances of deep-seated understanding, colour and vitality”

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