J.S.Bach: 1714 Silbermann Organ of Freiberg Cathedral


David Goode performs a grand selection of some of Bach’s best organ works – including the famed Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor – providing modern listeners with a unique chance to hear Bach’s music as congregations of that period may have done.

The Gottfried Silbermann organ of Freiberg cathedral is one of a handful of such 18th-century instruments (built during Bach’s lifetime) to have remained largely unmodified to this day. Bach’s work as an organ inspector shows that he tested and inaugurated a number of Silbermann’s organs in Germany and, although there is no record that he played this instrument, its sound is undoubtedly one that Bach would have recognised and composed for.

 Bach played Silbermann’s instruments, so this world of sound – with its silvery mixtures, blazing reeds and characterful flutes – is authentic as well as utterly compelling in a cavernous acoustic … An exemplary introduction to some of Bach’s greatest organ works – The Times

Best of all is the disc’s crowning glory: a blazing performance of the Passacaglia, turbo-charged with immediacy and penetrating lucidity. Goode and Silbermann make a formidable team – BBC Music Magazine

This is a very fine recording of the Freiberg Silbermann, with a lovely variety of registrations – Choir and Organ

A superb Bach recital disc … this is an excellent release in every way – if you seek just one organ disc for your collection, or to add one which may put others to shame – MusicWeb International

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RELEASE DATE: 05/12/2011
BARCODE: 635212026120

Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564

1. Toccata

2. Adagio

3. Fugue

Concerto in A minor (after Antonio Vivaldi), BWV 593

4. I. Allegro

5. II. Adagio

6. III. Allegro

7. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654 

Prelude and Fugue in B minor, BWV 544

8. Prelude

9. Fugue

10. Vater unser in Himmelreich, BWV 682

Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 541

11. Prelude (Vivace)

12. Fugue

13. O Mensch, bewein’ dein’ Sünde gross, BWV 622

Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582

14. Passacaglia

15. Fugue

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