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Toccatas and Fugues by Bach - Joan Lippincott Bach - Leipzig Chorales - Joan Lippincott Masterworks by Bach - Douglas Major - Washington National Cathedral
Masterworks by Bach/Major
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The large Flentrop organ of Duke University Chapel is the venue for the latest in Lippincott's Bach organwork series. Those works entitled "Toccata" are among Bach's most famous and best loved works. Notes by Bach scholar George Stauffer, and a description with complete stoplist of the Flentrop organ are included in the booklet. When Bach died in 1750, he left behind an incomplete manuscript that was perhaps being prepared for future publication.The intent of the collection, or the organizational scheme are difficult to discern, but Bach may have been planning something on the same scale as Clavierübung III (the "German Organ Mass"). Whatever the intent, these enlargements and revisions of earlier chorale preludes contain some of Bach's most sublime musical moments. Large-scale Bach works are featured here on a large organ in one of the largest churches in the hemisphere. Grand!
Bach-  Trio Sonatas - Joan Lippincott Bach - Sinfonia - Organ Concertos - Joan Lippincott Bach - Preludes and Fugues - Joan Lippincott
Not all great organ music is big and bombastic—as these sonatas prove!  Requiring flawless technique on the part of the player, these three-movement chamber works are delightful pieces on the surface; deeper analysis reveals marvelously constructed compositions that could only spring from the mind of J.S. Bach. Lippincott plays the perfectly-suited Taylor and Boody organ at St Thomas Church, NY.  Extensive notes by Bach scholar, George Stauffer. Bach concertos for organ and orchestra?  Joan Lippincott makes a compelling and logical case for constructing organ concertos from the "organ sinfonias" of Bach's cantatas.  Booklet includes essay on these organ solo+orchestra pieces by noted Bach scholar, George Stauffer. Of the many musical forms that J.S. Bach cultivated during his lifetime, none has enjoyed more lasting influence than the prelude and fugue. In this recording, Joan Lippincott provides us with a beautifully rounded survey of Bach's mature preludes and fugues, from the Pièce d'Orgue, BWV 572, one of his boldest independent preludes, to the Prelude and Fugue in E Minor ("Wedge"), BWV 548, one of his most ambitious compostions for the organ. To round out the recording, Lippincott also includes the Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel hoch, a very late work, written at the same time Musical Offering
The Young Bach - Harald Vogel Bach and the Italian Influence - Kimberly Marshall Bach and the French Influence - Kimberly Marshall
The Young Bach/Vogel
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THE YOUNG BACH reveals Bach, the teenager- a brilliant debut of talent that would change the organ world forever. Harald Vogel offers new insights into some of Bach's most popular early works, playing John Brombaugh's historically inspired instrument in Eugene, Oregon. Includes Bach's "Eight little Preludes and Fugues". "Bach and the Italian Influence" explores the Italian influences on Bach, and is presented by organ scholar and international performing artist, Kimberly Marshall. The Stanford Fisk is unique in that it incorporates two different tuning temperaments (well-tempered and meantone), both of which are heard on this recording. Noted organist and scholar, Kimberly Marshall, explores the relationship between French classical composers and Johann Sebastian Bach. The Stanford Fisk incorporates two different tuning temperaments (well-tempered and meantone), both of which are heard on this recording.
Bach: One of a Kind - William Porter Bach Encounters Buxtehude - Kimberly Marshall J.C. Bach: Sonatas for flute and fortepiano - Courtney Westcott - Byron Schenkman
This is the first nationally released CD recorded on the new Paul Fritts organ at PLU. Fritts' magnum opus, this spectacular organ has 54 stops/ 80 ranks on three manuals. The pedal division includes a full length 32' Posaune as well as a 32' Subbass. The combination of one of the finest organ builders and organists in the United States, 24-bit recording technology, and Lagerquist Hall's four-second reverberation time, make this CD a must-have! Our number one selling Bach organ CD. In the autumn of 1705, Johann Sebastian Bach traveled to Lübeck to learn what he could from the famous organist, Buxtehude. Accounts suggest that his organ playing changed dramatically. On this CD you can explore the often intangible links between these two composers, bringing together some of their most popular works for the organ. Two internationally acclaimed early-music specialists bring their considerable talents to bear on these lesser-known "accompanied" sonatas by J. C. Bach. Fortepianist Byron Schenkman---whose playing was recently called "dazzling!" by American Record Guide---and flutist Courtney Westcott present a program of this elegant and beautiful music that has been called the forerunner of the high Viennese style of Haydn and Mozart. Also includes the Sonata in C Minor for solo fortepiano.   Find out why Schenkman's intense performances have been compared with those of Vladimir Horowitz and Jimi Hendrix!
Great Organs of Japan v.1, Bach at Ferris University - Tomoko Miyamoto Bach Masses v.1 - Washington Bach Consort Bach Festival Chorales - Lynn Edwards Butler
The first in the Loft Recordings series "Great Organs of Japan" features the Taylor & Boody organ at Ferris University, and showcases the artistry of J. S. Bach and organist Tomoko Miyamoto. The first large American tracker organ in Japan, this instrument has started a wave of new significant instruments by other great American builders, including C. B. Fisk and Brombaugh. Booklet in English and Japanese, with full specifications of the organ, and organ registrations. The success of Bach's B-minor Mass has obscured a number of his shorter masterpieces of the same genre. Written in the 1730s these masses—which consist only of a Kyrie and Gloria setting—could be performed in both Catholic and Lutheran liturgies. Sometimes misleadingly called "The Lutheran Masses," Bach used them to gain recognition from the Catholic court of Dresden, which bestowed upon him the title "Electoral Saxon and Royal Polish Court Compositeur." Program notes by eminent Bach scholar Christoph Wolff. This is the first recording on the new Richards & Fowkes organ in Deerfied, MA, an instrument inspired by the organs Bach would have known. Noted organologist Butler displays her mettle as the performer of this imaginative Bach program organized around the festival chorales of the liturgical year.

The Bach Circle, v.1 - Harald Vogel The Bach Circle, v.2 - Harald Vogel J.S. Bach: Weimar Preludes and Fugues/Lippincott
The Bach Circle represents Bach's organ compositions in relationship to the music of his contemporaries, predecessors, and important pupils on historic instruments. Volume II begins with a stunning interpretation of Toccata and Fugue in d-minor, interpreted on the largest organ preserved from Bach's period, the Treutmann organ of Grauhof, Germany (1734-37). The Bach Circle represents Bach's organ compositions in relationship to the music of his contemporaries, predecessors, and important pupils on historic instruments. Volume III features one of Schnitger's most well-preserved organs, in Noordbroek, Holland.
Bach's prelude and fugue compositions reached an extraordinary peak of sophistication and virtuosity during his tenure as court organist in Weimar (1708-1717). Joan Lippincott plays the Paul Fritts organ in a highly reverberant room that is not unlike the court chapel in Weimar.
Bach, Improvisations and the Liturgical Year/Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra Bach: St John Passion - 1725 version - Yale Schola Cantorum - Carrington The Bach Organ of Störmthal William Porter
This recording documents a recital given by Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra on the Martin Pasi organ of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood, WA.  Compositions of J. S. Bach were organized by the liturgical year, and interspersed with Ruiter-Feenstra's own improvisations. Based on ideas found in Bach’s works and stemming from genres he most commonly used, her improvisations create new works using Bach’s compositional processes. In her roles as artist and teacher, Ruiter-Feenstra is a major advocate of improvisation and performance on historically-based instruments. The rarely performed 1725 version of Bach’s St. John Passion is presented by Yale University’s premier early-music ensembles. Simon Carrington, who initiated his illustrious musical career as cofounder of the King’s Singers, directs this live performance. In 1723, J. S. Bach dedicated this organ with a concert featuring his choir from St. Thomas Church in Leipziag and his wife, Anna Magdalena, as soloist. The organbuilder Hildebrandt achieved an unusually high variety and quality of tone for an instrument of this size, earning him Bach's lifelong admiration, and later his collaboration on larger projects, particularly the large Hildebrandt organ in Naumburg.

This is the only recording of one of the few extant organs played by Bach, largely in its original condition!
J.S. Bach: Concerto Transcriptions/Lippincott Bach at Haarlem Bach: Under the Influence
Bach at Haarlem/Dimmock
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This unusual recording celebrates 30 years of Joan Lippincott's Bach recordings on Gothic, and includes her own dazzling transcription of the Bach/Vivaldi concerto for four harpsichords. Regarded as having one of the most beautiful organ cases in the world, the 1738 Christian Müller organ at the Bavokerk in Haarlem speaks nobly into one of the great acoustical environments of Europe. With 60 speaking stops, it was the largest organ in the world when built. Played on by Handel, the ten-year-old Mozart, Mendelssohn and countless other musicians over the past 275 years, this instrument continues to impress those fortunate enough to hear and play it. Grammy Award winner Jonathan Dimmock has recorded more than 35 CDs and concertized extensively on six continents. This recording features some of Bach's most popular works, including the famous Toccata in d minor. In this recital from September 21, 2001, Roger Sherman traces influences on Bach---and Bach influencing others. The first in a series of recordings celebrating 50 years of the Flentrop organ at Saint Mark's Cathedral (Seattle)! "The playing is fine, the Flentrop organ is grand, and the recording is clear, yet spacious. All in all, a delightful CD." - The Tracker
J.S. Bach: Orgelbuchlein/Lippincott Bach - Clavierubung III - Schubler Chorales - Joan Lippincott
Although most pieces in Bach's Orgelbuchlein are short-form works they are anything but unsophisticated. Packed with imaginative approaches to setting chorale melodies, this set of virtuosic gems is worthy of repeated hearings. The third in a series celebrating 50 years of the Flentrop organ at Saint Mark's Cathedral in Seattle! Trumpeter Fred Sautter and organist Roger Sherman team up to play both famous and infamous works for trumpet and organ. "The Prince of Denmark", Purcell Trumpet Voluntary and the theme from Masterpiece Theatre are all here, along with famous solo works for organ: Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, the "Little" G minor Fugue, and Franck's Chorale in E major. Also included is William Albright's "Jericho: Battle Music"---a dramatic work for trumpet and organ which is infamous for the virtuosity required of both players. Joan Lippincott continues her Bach series with two of the most substantial collections published during Bach's lifetime. The Clavierübung III follows Book I (Italian Concerto) and Book II (Goldberg Variations) and precedes Book IV (Art of Fugue), and altogether represents Bach’s highest achievements in the art of writing for the keyboard. Clavierubung III, sometimes called “The Organ Mass” begins with settings of the Kyrie and Gloria, but is structured after the German Lutheran catechism. Included in this recording are both the large chorales, the alternative chorales for manuals only and the four duetti. Bach’s collection of cantata movement transcriptions for organ published by Schübler in 1742 includes the famous “Wachet Auf!”, and rounds out this two-CD collection. Program notes by noted Bach scholar, George Stauffer.
Bach: Leipzig Chorales - Christa Rakich J.S. Bach: Trio Sonatas/Rakich (2 CDs!) J.S. Bach: Art of Fugue - Joan Lippincott
Bach: Leipzig Chorales/Rakich (2 CDs!)
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Bach: Art of Fugue/Lippincott (2 CDs!)
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A two-disc program of Bach's famous "Great Eighteen," performed by acclaimed organist Christa Rakich on two very different organs -- the Fisk organ of Old West Church in Boston, and the Fritts organ at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. The booklet contains program notes by the artist as well as full organ specifications and registrations. Scored for organ (or pedal clavichord), the Bach trio sonatas can be played on a variety of instruments, as Christa Rakich demonstrates in this imaginative program. Six different organs, six different organ builders, and an assortment of period chamber music instruments are used on this double-CD set! Few organists are as well known or as highly praised for their Bach recordings as Joan Lippincott. Performing on the newly-constructed Craighead-Saunders organ (closely modeled after a 1776 instrument by the central German organbuilder, Casparini), Lippincott brings a maturity of vision to Art of Fugue that is based on a lifetime of distinguished interpretations and insights into Bach's organ works.  "Lippincott's wide variety of tempos, colors and moods make this possibly the most enduring Art of Fugue ever recorded...highly recommended!" -- Fanfare magazine
Complete Lippincott Bach set on Gothic!
Bach's own summary of his craft in vocal composition, the B minor mass is still today considered a towering achievement in the repertoire. Bach Collegium Japan performs with period instruments and a true sense of the essence of Bach's scores. Highly recommended.  This is a two disc, SACD Surround recording, which will also play on all CD players. The Joan Lippincott Bach Set on Gothic! Includes eight of her highly acclaimed Bach recordings.
   
 
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