Bach: Organ Works, Vol 02 - Suzuki

Bach: Organ Works, Vol 02 - Suzuki

BIS  BIS-2241

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Instrumental

Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 541, Chorale prelude ‘Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier’, BWV 730, Concerto in D minor, BWV 596, after Vivaldi, Chorale partita on ‘Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig’, BWV 768, Concerto in C major, BWV 594, after Vivaldi, Chorale prelude ‘Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier’, BWV 731, Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 547

Masaaki Suzuki (Marc Garnier organ of the Shoin Chapel, Kobe, Japan)

Before releasing his first disc of Bach’s organ works, Masaaki Suzuki had recorded the composer’s complete sacred cantatas, as well as the large-scale choral works and much of the music for harpsichord. His achievements in these fields obscured the fact that Suzuki originally trained as an organist, and began working as such already at the age of twelve. So when Volume 1 of this series reached reviewers around the world, it was something of a revelation to many: the disc went on to be named Choice of the Month in BBC Music Magazine, Diapason d’Or in Diapason and Recording of the Month in Gramophone, which then went on to include it on its list of the ‘50 Greatest Bach Recordings’.

For the present instalment, Suzuki returned to more familiar ground – the chapel of the Kobe Shoin Women's University where the great majority of his recordings with Bach Collegium Japan have taken place. The chapel houses a French classical organ built in 1983 by Marc Garnier, and on it Suzuki performs a highly symmetrical programme with the large-scale chorale partita BWV 768 at its centre. The work is known as ‘Sei gegrüßet, Jesu gütig’, although the chorale text that it is structured upon most probably is that of ‘O Jesu, du edle Gabe’. On either side the partita is flanked by an arrangement by Bach of concertos by Vivaldi, and a chorale prelude on ‘Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier’. The disc opens and closes with a Prelude and Fugue, in G major and C major respectively.

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