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
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
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.