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Re: J.S. Bach on the Organ
« Reply #2380 on: April 10, 2017, 02:51:17 PM »
What do folks think of this?


I remember being quite intrigued by this (especially the organ, I've heard Bach played on Italian organs to great effect e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1VPSajsi18) but it turned out to be tepid and boring. I'm listening to it, and am still not impressed.

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Re: J.S. Bach on the Organ
« Reply #2381 on: April 13, 2017, 02:54:21 PM »
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Re: J.S. Bach on the Organ
« Reply #2382 on: April 17, 2017, 10:59:35 AM »
Cross post from the main Listening thread

Setting myself up for a 3 1/2 hour Bachathon/organathon to finish this set


CD 13
Clavierubung 3, first part
CD 14
Clavierubung 3, second part
Canonic variations on Von Himmel Hoch
Leipzig Chorales, first part
CD 15
Leipzig Chorales, second part
Ricecar a 6 from Musical Offering

General impression is favorable compared to, say, Alain II or Preston. Instruments seem all modern, registrations chosen seem generally lighter than what I remember from other sets.  Works are presented more or less chronologically. My favorite remains Vernet.

(Other sets I have: Preston, Alain II, Koopman, the multi-performer Hanssler set, Vernet, Foccroulle.

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Re: J.S. Bach on the Organ
« Reply #2383 on: April 17, 2017, 09:47:44 PM »
Cross post from the main Listening thread

Setting myself up for a 3 1/2 hour Bachathon/organathon to finish this set


CD 13
Clavierubung 3, first part
CD 14
Clavierubung 3, second part
Canonic variations on Von Himmel Hoch
Leipzig Chorales, first part
CD 15
Leipzig Chorales, second part
Ricecar a 6 from Musical Offering

General impression is favorable compared to, say, Alain II or Preston. Instruments seem all modern, registrations chosen seem generally lighter than what I remember from other sets.  Works are presented more or less chronologically. My favorite remains Vernet.

(Other sets I have: Preston, Alain II, Koopman, the multi-performer Hanssler set, Vernet, Foccroulle.

The Clavier-Übung 3 and the Ricercar from BWV 1079 are played on the historical Gabler organ in Weingarten, a rather famous one and, for this set, beautifully recorded by the Calliope team.
The Leipzig Chorales are played on the ('modern baroque') Westenfelder organ in Fère-en-Tardenois, France.

To me, the entire set has its goods and its 'bads'. Like Herrick for the British, Isoir is the most poetic of the French 'integralists'. Sometimes it works for me, sometimes it doesn't. But it's certainly a nice set to have and there's plenty to enjoy.
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Re: J.S. Bach on the Organ
« Reply #2384 on: April 18, 2017, 04:16:08 AM »
Isoir's CU3 sounds to me like he's having a bit of a laugh playing some Bach for our entertainment. Colourful and fun, not spiritual or challenging. It's a product of its times maybe, there's something hippy-trippy about the colours of the registrations, especially combined with the danciness of the interpretations, and  the forward motion at the expense of anything contemplative.  Cool organ as Marc says.

 
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Re: J.S. Bach on the Organ
« Reply #2385 on: April 18, 2017, 04:36:26 AM »
My favorite remains Vernet.



Can't get in with his CU 3 at all, it sounds as if he bites off each piece with one chomp and then spits it out in one go.
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Re: J.S. Bach on the Organ
« Reply #2386 on: April 18, 2017, 05:00:02 AM »
Isoir's CU3 sounds to me like he's having a bit of a laugh playing some Bach for our entertainment. Colourful and fun, not spiritual or challenging. It's a product of its times maybe, there's something hippy-trippy about the colours of the registrations, especially combined with the danciness of the interpretations, and  the forward motion at the expense of anything contemplative.  Cool organ as Marc says.

I was pretty impressed by his interpretation of the Passacaglia on the Weingarten Gabler organ.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRPq0Vwnq8M

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Re: J.S. Bach on the Organ
« Reply #2387 on: April 18, 2017, 11:13:52 PM »
I was pretty impressed by his interpretation of the Passacaglia on the Weingarten Gabler organ.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRPq0Vwnq8M

Have you ever seen the Weingarten organ? What a TERRIFIC instrument. My W2B and I took a detour from our Lake Constance bike trip just to see that instrument or, initially, to see the Basilica. Only then did I return home and look which recordings I had of that instrument and was delighted to find that they were in this cycle.



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Re: J.S. Bach on the Organ
« Reply #2388 on: April 19, 2017, 04:58:41 AM »
Have you ever seen the Weingarten organ? What a TERRIFIC instrument. My W2B and I took a detour from our Lake Constance bike trip just to see that instrument or, initially, to see the Basilica. Only then did I return home and look which recordings I had of that instrument and was delighted to find that they were in this cycle.

not to mention those ivory pipes - one can't have too much bling ;-)
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Re: J.S. Bach on the Organ
« Reply #2389 on: May 07, 2017, 06:12:22 AM »
Isoir's CU3 sounds to me like he's having a bit of a laugh playing some Bach for our entertainment. Colourful and fun, not spiritual or challenging. It's a product of its times maybe, there's something hippy-trippy about the colours of the registrations, especially combined with the danciness of the interpretations, and  the forward motion at the expense of anything contemplative.  Cool organ as Marc says.
this inspired me to buy Isoir's complete. He really is a trip. Two performances that stand out as particularly wild are BWV 688 and Fantasia, BWV 572 III - among many rollicking tracks. Trippy indeed! The fantasia sounds like modern art! What about his non-Bach output? Anything particularly noteworthy? I want more of this psychedelic stuff. 

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