Harriet Clifford

Johann Sebastian Bach: Dritter Theil der Clavierübung – Organ CD Review

12:41, 31st October 2019

Johann Sebastian Bach: Dritter Theil der Clavierübung
Andreas Fischer, Flentrop organ (2013), St Catherine’s Church, Hamburg
MDG Scene MDG 906 2120-6 (2CDs)
[53:12, 60:22]

This is a strong, monumental performance of Clavierübung III on the best modern instrument I have heard. This is Reincken’s organ on which J.S. Bach (‘who could not praise enough’) played in 1720, now reconstructed after the original was largely destroyed in 1943. Only 520 original pipes survive, but now with four manuals, 61 registers, a 16ft Hauptwerk and 32ft Pedal, Andreas Fischer exploits the power, gravitas, colour and brilliance to wonderful effect, often using the 32ft Pedal reed in organo pleno. Tempi, thankfully, are not unduly rushed and admirable clarity is retained despite the huge acoustics. A benchmark recording.


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