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Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Complete Organ Works: Volume 5 - Orgelbuchlein (II), Preludes and Fugues, Pastorale

Praeludium and Fuge in F minor / f Moll BWV534
Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV625
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV626
Christ ist erstanden, BWV627
Erstanden ist der heilge Christ, BWV628
Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag, a 2 Clav. et Pedale, Choral in Canone alla ottava, BWV629
Heut triumphiert Gottes Sohn, BWV630
Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, BWV631
Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV632
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (distinctius), BWV633
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, Choral in Canone alla Quinta a 2 Clav. et Pedale, BWV634
Dies sind die heiligen zehn Gebot, BWV635
Vater unser in Himmelreich, BWV636
Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV637
Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, BWV638
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, a 2 Clav. et Pedale, BWV639
In dich hab ich gehoffet, Herr, BWV640
Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, a 2 Clav. et pedale, BWV641
Wer nun den lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV642
Alle Menschen müssen sterben, BWV643
Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig, BWV644
Praeludium and Fuga in E minor / e Moll BWV533
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV731
Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV737
Wer nun den lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV691
Pastorale in F major/F Dur, BWV590
Ewald Kooiman, organ
Rec: No date specified, Grote Kerk, Nijkerk, Netherlands.
CORONATA COR 1613 [65.43]
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This fifth volume of the Kooiman series includes the second part of the Orgelbuchlein, a collection of organ chorales, as well as two preludes and fugues, the majestic Pastorale BWV 590, and a few miscellaneous works.

Opening with the F minor prelude and fugue, this disc gets off to a slow start. Kooiman chooses dense registrations for this work, and the slow tempo makes it wooden and uninspiring. Fortunately, Kooiman’s readings of the Orgelbuchlein chorales are well judged. As in the first volume, which contained more than half of the chorales in the collection, his subtle registrations and delicate playing present each voice and texture clearly.

The E minor prelude and fugue is more lively and energetic than the F minor which opens the disc. The following chorales are played with the same attention to detail as the Orgelbuchlein chorales. But the high point of this recording is the F major pastorale, a long (more than eleven minute) work, it is actually in four parts: an opening pastorale, a musette, an air and a gigue. Bach wrote this work like a small suite, and, while the date of composition is unknown, the style suggests a work from Bach’s Weimar period. Kooiman again adopts an unhurried tempo for the opening section, and the second part is livelier. His registrations are light and airy, adding to the pastoral tone of the work. He maintains the mellow tempo but uses a brighter registration for the third section, maintaining this for the final gigue. The overall tone fits perfectly with the style of the piece.

This disc features a fine performance of the chorales, and, in spite of one prelude and fugue that doesn’t work very well, is more than saved by the excellent pastorale. Yet another very good recording in this complete set.

Kirk McElhearn


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