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Bach: Orgelbüchlein (The Little Organ Book), Preludes, Fantasies & Passacaglia (Volumes 1 & 2) [DSD Bundle]

Kåre Nordstoga, Kare Nordstoga

28,7852,18

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Bach: Orgelbüchlein (The Little Organ Book), Preludes, Fantasies & Passacaglia (Volume 1)

Bach: Orgelbüchlein (The Little Organ Book), Preludes, Fantasies & Passacaglia (Volume 2)

On this new 2-Volume album of Kåre Nordstoga’s series of recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach’s complete organ works the listener is introduced to “Orgelbüchlein” (The Little Organ Book).

The music was played on the Christian Muller Organ (1735-1738) at St. Bavo Church in Haarlem, The Netherlands on September 10-12, 2019. This is Kare Nordstoga’s second album at Native DSD Music following Magical Memories for Trumpet where Nordstoga performed music for trumpet and organ with trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth.

In this familiar collection of 45 organ chorales the composer has, in Albert Schweitzer’s view, realized the ideal of the chorale prelude. Each of the small miniatures is an elaborate chorale harmonization, in which every single motif and every single polyphonic idea seems to have meaning related to the hymn’s content.

This is a Stereo DXD recording available in Stereo DSD 512, DSD 256, DSD 128, DSD 64 and DXD. Download both recent J.S. Bach DSD Organ albums from LAWO Classics – Volume 1 and Volume 2 featuring these compositions – at an amazing price. They are DSD Exclusive, Not Available on SACD releases.

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I am a huge fan of well played organ music, particularly organ music of the Baroque played on the classic North European organs, and if you can make that a tracker organ then all the better. Recently I’ve been listening to the series of organ recordings on Lawo performed by the cathedral organist at Oslo Cathedral, Kåre Nordstoga, as he performs Bach on the beautiful (and wonderous sounding) organs at St. Johannis, Luneburg, and St. Bavo, Haarlem. These are not tracker organs, but their sound is just gorgeous in these recordings from Lawo.

Nordstoga is an extraordinarily skilled organist, with excellent technique. On the Christian Müller Organ (1735 – 1738) in St. Bavo Church, Haarlem, Nordstoga performs Bach’s Orgelbüchlein, released by Lawo in two volumes. And this recording is full, resonant, well detailed, and gorgeous.

On the St. Johannes church organ in Luneburg, Germany, Nordstoga performs toccatas, preludes and fugues by Bach. He begins with the mighty Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, which is always a joy for me to hear. And here the recording captures a performance with great clarity. The reverberation never muddies the notes, but adds immensely to the grandeur and power. Nordstoga, thankfully, does not play this piece reverentially—he moves briskly right along with dynamic drive and commitment maintaining immensely clean articulation throughout. I credit this both to his own sensibilities and to the organ on which he performs.

If you at all care for organ music and the compositions of Bach, these three albums are highly recommended.

MusicWeb International

…I am particularly taken by the intimate sound of the D minor where a sombre and quiet Prelude is followed by a lightly registered Fugue. That gloriously sunny G major Prelude and Fugue is delivered with a scintillatingly bright registration which is sufficiently modest never to risk tiring the ears. And by reserving full organ for the truly big moments (as with the G minor Fantasia), the impact is all the more impressive.

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