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printed with the permission of their respective authors. They are responses to my publication,
in 1995, of volumes I - IV on audio cassette.
"On the whole, I enjoyed listening to your tapes
They are musical (which many attempted realizations are not), and
Bach's music comes through gloriously." -- Paul,
the organ works are a triumph on
this tape--each one an experience, reflecting in their tonal
variety Bach's own endless inventiveness.
A tape like this should provide education, in the sense
of broadening the listener's horizons, as well as pleasure, &
yours does that. -- Tom, in Brooklyn
theBachWorks on Compact Disc, Volume I
- Chorale Prelude "Vater Unser im Himmelreich",
- The Prelude and Fugue in G major
for organ, BWV 541.
- Five chorale preludes for Advent and Christmas, from the Orgelbuchlein.
- Puer Natus in
Bethlehem, BWV 603
- Gelobet seist du,
Jesu Christ, BWV 604
- Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich
her, BWV 606
- Vom Himmel kam der
Engel Schar, BWV 607
- In Dulci Jubilo, BWV 608
- The fifteen Two-Part Inventions, BWV 772 - 786.
- The fifteen Three-Part Inventions, BWV 787 - 801.
I very much like the solo pieces, originally for harpsichord.
Especially the 'enhancements' (praller, I don't know the
English word). They are very realistic, and I'm wondering if
you've been adding some 'noise' in the computer timing to keep it
from sounding ... well ... computerized. In general on this part
nothing but good words. -- Hans, in the Netherlands
Let's hear it for snail mail! It just arrived, and the 6th FS
is just drawing to a close.
heiliger Geist" just started, I had no idea....
More to come... but many, many thanks!! -- Fred, in New
|I'll probably end up buying them all. Luckily, the project is
simply too huge for you to finish it in my lifetime, else you'd
break my bank. ;-) -- Jack, in Maryland
theBachWorks on Compact Disc, Volume II
- The concerto for keyboard and strings in F minor, BWV
- The Well-Tempered Clavier I: prelude and fugue #1 in C
- The trio sonata #1 in E-flat major, BWV 525.
- The Well-Tempered Clavier I: prelude and fugue #2 in c
- The trio sonata #2 in c minor, BWV 526.
- The Well-Tempered Clavier I: prelude and fugue #3 in C#
- The trio sonata #6 in G major, BWV 530.
- The Well-Tempered Clavier I: prelude and fugue #4 in c# minor.
I am really genuinely impressed with this recording. It is one
of the better synthesizer recordings I've heard. I was bracing
myself for something along the lines of Don Dorsey or Tomita, but
found your recordings very tasteful and genuinely musical. Bravo!
to you. Your arrangements of the organ works especially were the finest synthesized Bach I've heard since Walter
Carlos. Very sensitive and timbrally imaginative. -- John,
in San Diego
The most common defect of electronic realizations of music
originally conceived for real-time human performance seems to be
a machine-like rhythmic consistency that is "inhuman"
in every sense of the word. There are very few passages in this
tape that sound that way to me. -- Bill, in Pennsylvania
Each sound is clearly the product of careful
thought and deep musicality, and you have managed to bypass
completely the question of whether you're trying to recreate a
Baroque aesthetic. Each sound is so evocative to the 20th-century
ear -- even to the sly use of long reverberative decays at the
ends of pieces, as if there were vast virtual organs with their
ranks spread about vast virtual halls...
I wish it were a CD. -- Fred, in New York, a half-hour later
theBachWorks on Compact Disc, Volume III
- Fantasia in c minor, BWV 906
- WTC 2, prelude and fugue #13 in F# major
- WTC 2, prelude and fugue #24 in b minor
- Preludes and fugues from the WellTempered Clavier Book 1:
- #5 in D major
- #6 in d minor
- #9 in E major
- #10 in e minor
- #11 in F major
- #13 in F# major
- #15 in G major
- #17 in Ab major
- #21 in Bb major
- #22 in bb minor
- #24 in b minor
This is a profoundly inspired rendering of
the work, and deserves to be put out in CD form. Can you send me
volumes 1-3, please? -- Jack, in Maryland
Concerning the style of your performances, I'd say
they're much more "keyboard" performances than, say.
Wendy Carlos' work. I'm referring here not only to the
selections, and the timbres, but also to the overall arrangement,
which is not so much orchestral animation (constantly changing
colors) as one of stepped levels. I'm missing a technical term
here: what I mean is the Baroque practice of using stepped
dynamic levels, and switching between instrumental assignments
instead of, say, Romantic orchestration.
I wouldn't say that I like one approach more than the other,
but yours is certainly "clearer" and closer to the
original concept of the music.
-- Herbert, in Germany
theBachWorks on Compact Disc, Volume IV
- The Schübler Chorale Preludes
- Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
- Wo soll ich fliehen hin, BWV 646
- Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV 647
- Meine Selle erhebt den Herren, BWV 648
- Ach bleibt bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 649
- Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, BWV 650
- Komm heiliger Geist, Herre
Gott, BWV 651
- Eight chorale preludes from the Little Organ Book
- Nun komm, der Heiden
Heiland, BWV 599
- Gott, durch deine Güte, BWV 600
- Herr Christ, der
einge Gottes Sohn, BWV 601
- Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott, BWV
- Lobt Gott, ihr
Christen, allzugleich, BWV 609
- Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 610
- Christum wir sollen loben schon, BWV
- Helft mir Gottes güte preisen, BWV
- Allein Gott in der Höh sei
Ehr, BWV 663
- Three chorale preludes from the Little Organ Book
- In dir ist Freude, BWV 615
- Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr
dahin, BWV 616
- Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel
auf, BWV 617
- Dies sind die heilgen
zehn Gebot, BWV 678
- Two chorale preludes from the Little Organ Book
- Alle Menschen müssen sterben, BWV 643
- Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig, BWV 644
- Five Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel hoch, BWV 769
"I would like to buy your Bach volumes, all
4 of them, and more or less subscribe to your series when new
ones come out. The price is a bargain." -- John, in Michigan
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