Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Bach, Johann Sebastian. (1685 -1750) The Complete Organ Works. The Hanssler Edition. CD 5. Early Works influenced by Böhm & Buxtehude.

New acquisition.
Date of purchase: January 2016.
First listen: 28-11-2017.
Label: Hanssler.
CD 5 from 20.
Recording dates: September 1999.
Venue: Petrus Kerk, Leens, The Netherlands.
Sound engineer: Wolfgang Mittermaier.
Time: 76:11.

Works on this CD:
BWV: 551/766/574/767/575/762/743/533/770/566.

Performed by:
Wolfgang Zerer.

Instrument:
Albertus Anthonie Hinsz, 1733.
Restored by Gebroeders van Vulpen, Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1968.

This was really a treat, both in musical display and as an excellent recording. The organ is much loved by me for its colour and openness. Zerer is a man of distinction if it comes to generating the right amount of expression out of almost all organs he plays on. He makes it a feast this time. His style of playing is curtailed to my needs. A commanding interpretation of Bach's early organ works. The poise and also dexterity with which Zerer moves around is spot on. All the movements are declamatory, colourful and he infuses the music with resonant warmth. He suavely navigates with a supple facility through all the regions of Bach's compositions. It's expansive, but not overly so, full bodied when needed, with a beautiful phrasing on every note.  The magisterial sustaining power Zerer displays keeps me on the top of my attention. What an expressive range he has. And what a winsome sensibility. 


On my listening menu today (24-4-2018)

J.S. Bach. Complete organ works Olivier Vernet. CD 6. Erkki Melartin. Orchestral Works. Peteris Vasks Orchestral Works ...