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Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565
Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV552
Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV542
Passacaglia in C minor, BWV582
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV564
Herbert Tazechi
Rec Teldec May 1984, organ of the Court Church, Dresden
APEX 09274 13732 [63.55]


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This is a stimulating programme, featuring some of Bach's greatest organ music. The selection has been well chosen, and stands up well as a recital rather than merely as a collection of disparate pieces which just happen to occupy the same CD.

Tazechi is a skilful organist, who is heard at his best when the textures of Bach's complex counterpoint work themselves into a rich fabric of overlapping lines. Most appealing of all the items on the disc is the Fugue from BWV542, which is taken at a lively tempo but does not sound in the least rushed. In fact each entry of the principal theme duly makes its point. The recorded sound is good too, though not as spectacular as organ music can be. At risk of upsetting family and neighbours, a higher volume level adds to the impact and the sonorous indulgence.

In the company of great pieces like these two Preludes and Fugues and the Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor sounds less than the best of Bach (in fact some scholars dispute its authenticity). So placing it as the first item is wise, as well as useful in the attempt to entice the purchaser in the first place.

The recording is more than adequate but occasionally lacks something when it comes to clarifying detail. The acoustic is pleasing and the sonorities satisfying, however. While the booklet contains some useful notes, as with other issues in the Apex catalogue, its layout is poorly designed.

At bargain price this CD makes an interesting option, since it contains some wonderful music particularly well performed.

Terry Barfoot

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