Bach: Organ Toccatas - Schoener
MDG Scene 949 1893-6
Classical - Instrumental
Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565; Toccata in E major, BWV 566; Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 540; Chorale Prelude "Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr", BWV 662; Toccata and Fugue in F major, BWV 540; Chorale Prelude "Erbarm mich mein, o Herre Gott", BWV 721; Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538
Christoph Schoener, organs of St. Michaelis-Kirche Hamburg
A summit meeting of queens! On this enthralling new production Christoph Schoener plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s five toccatas on all four organs in St. Michaelis Church in Hamburg. For the famous Toccata in D minor three instruments team up to do the job! Thanks to MDG’s 2+2+2 reproduction method and nighttime quiet, this overwhelming sound event can now be experienced for the first time in the home. On this finely balanced Super Audio CD each instrument is heard in its original place, and the magnificent baroque interior of this Hanseatic principal church is conveyed in superb natural sound.
Opulent room effect was also a motivating idea behind the recently completed restoration of the organs. The powerful “Grand Organ” in the west with eighty-six stops on five manuals of course forms the focus. The “Concert Organ” on the south loft contributes romantic color, and thanks to musical providence an unusually richly endowed “Echo Organ” that can be operated as an entirely independent organ from the central playing unit could be installed in the higher regions. The “Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Organ” has a special appeal; with its unequal temperament it naturally is used only as a solitaire on the north loft.
Praise the Name
Bach’s toccatas are especially finely suited for performance on several organs. Already the beginning of what is certainly the most popular organ work of all time, the Toccata in D minor, is staged by Christoph Schoener as a fascinating room installation, and when the echo organ then sounds from the airy heights, the three-dimensional recording is shown from its most spectacular side.
Hall of Fame
Christoph Schoener, the organist at St. Michael’s Church in Hamburg, plays Bach’s toccatas against a historically informed background, while the player’s joy of discovery also gets its fair share. The MDG sound engineers generate
unclouded listening pleasure and have conjured up an attractive sound picture for stereo friends as well. The three-dimensional effect of the 2+2+2 reproduction making this recording a unique experience is truly breathtaking.
- Johann Sebastian Bach: 18 Leipziger Choräle, BWV 651-668 'The Great Eighteen'
- Johann Sebastian Bach: 24 Choräle, BWV 690-713 'Kirnberger'
- Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538 'Dorian'
- Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
- Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in E major, BWV 566
- Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in F Major, BWV 540
- Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV 564