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HOFFNUNG for CHRISTMAS? an ideal Christmas present for yourself or your friends.
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Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Organ Works
Prelude and Fugues BWV 543; BWV 536
Partita "O Gott, du frommer Gott" BWV 767
Allabreve BWV 589
Prelude BWV 568
Pastorale BWV 590
Choralvorspiel und Choral BWV 604
Hans Helmut Tillmanns (organ)
Recorded: St Nicholas Church, Raeren, Belgium October 2001
DANACORD DACOCD 590 [67.04?]


Hot off the press comes the latest of Tillmanns’ Bach recordings. This pupil of Helmut Walcha fuses solid address, high musical values and superior technique. He brings to these works – none described in the booklet by the way – a patrician reserve always at the service of the music. The programme begins with two Preludes and Fugues, continues with a Partita, the remarkable O Gott, du frommer Gott, and includes the twelve-minute Pastorale BWV 590.

Tillmanns' fugal voicings are adept and crisp, the registrations employed are perceptively chosen – listen, for example to the reedy Choralvorspiel – and where necessary he builds in amplitude to considerable effect. The Weimbs organ dates from 1994 and has been splendidly recorded by Danacord who are making something of a speciality of sympathetic organ acoustics. Questions of programming apart this is a disc that can be recommended – whether one would necessarily want a recital of this kind is another matter.

The booklet devotes a reasonable half page to the organ builders.

Jonathan Woolf

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