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Margaret Phillips, Sint-Nicolaaskerk, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. Organ by Draps 1997, Flentrop 2008Q

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Description

In this supplementary volume to Margaret Philips’ critically-acclaimed recording of Bach’s organ works will be found pieces which for a variety of reasons were not included in the original set of 16 CDs recorded between 2005 and 2009.

There are alternative versions of pieces that are found in the main corpus and/or may not have been arranged by Bach (BWV 545b, BWV 584 and BWV 653b), others may not be intended for the organ (BWV 917 and the two Ricercars from the Musical Offering), and some are almost certainly not by Bach. The latter applies particularly to the Eight Short Preludes & Fugues which are included as they are still widely used as teaching material. One piece (BWV 1128) was yet to be rediscovered when this series of Bach recordings commenced.

Recorded on the Drapps 1997 / Flentrop 2008 organ in historic style in Sint-Nicolaaskerk, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

Critical comment on the series
‘the most elegant, beautiful realizations of the works of the great master that I have ever had the pleasure to hear (and I own five other complete Bach series!). There is absolutely nothing not to love about this series: the performances range from magnificently grand and stately, to sublimely sensitive and delicate.’ The Diapason, January 2014

‘Gary Cole’s engineering is as ever, top-drawer, matching Margaret Phillips’s superb musicianship’  Gramophone awards issue 2011

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Track List

Eight Short Preludes and Fugues BWV 553–560
25:27
Prelude and Fugue in C major BWV 553
3:48
Prelude and Fugue in D minor BWV 554
3:12
Prelude and Fugue in E minor BWV 555
3:44
Prelude and Fugue in F major BWV 556
2:36
Prelude and Fugue in G major BWV 557
2:47
Prelude and Fugue in G minor BWV 558
3:13
Prelude and Fugue in A minor BWV 559
2:27
Prelude and Fugue in B flat major BWV 560
3:40
Fantasia duobus subjectis in G minor BWV 917
2:22
An Wasserflüssen Babylon BWV 653b
5:06
Fantasia in C minor  BWV 1121 (earlier Anh. 205)
3:34
Trio in G minor BWV 584 (transcription of BWV 166ii)
2:52
Prelude, Trio & Fugue in B flat major BWV 545b
12:10
Prelude
2:01
Adagio
0:47
Trio
4:43
Tutti
0:28
Fugue
4:11
Ricercar a 3 (Musical Offering) BWV 1079i
7:17
Fantasia sopra Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält BWV 1128
6:24
Ricercar a 6 (Musical Offering) BWV 1079
9:10

Total playing time: 74:28

Production credits

Recorded in Sint-Niklasskerk, Sint-Niklass, Belgium, on 23-25 June 2014

Produced and engineered by Gary Cole

Sample audio extracts

Reviews

‘…when it comes to a purely aural experience. Phillips’ playing – in this volume on a wonderfully singing Drapps/Flentrop instrument – banishes all cares. The results are outstandingly clear and vibrant. An evocative coda to a truly scholastic pilgrimage.’ Organists’ Review March 2016