Another request for your comments - anyone familiar with this series on Berlin Classics?
Johann Sebastian Bach - Das Orgelwerk auf Silbermann Orgeln
(Zweitauseneins has them cheap! )
I don't have the complete set (45 Euros and less on Amazon.de
, $77 and less on Amazon.com
-- but I've lobbied Berlin Classics (so far unsuccessfully) to send it over, alright. I did buy several volumes of this when Tower went out of business, and I must say that I did not regret buying any of them. I like that sumptuous, comfortable sound (distortion happens here and there, reminding me perhaps of the tapes my dad made for me of the Bach organ works when I was a wee lad) and the slightly indulgent playing on these moderate-sized instruments. I also quite liked Kevin Bowyer's (similarly luxurious) style in the three, four copies I picked up from that cycle. (Organ Mass, for example.)
But having worked my way through Weinberger over Thanksgiving, I must say that I like his slightly dryer, understated approach quite a bit, too. Especially in the smaller works that works very well... although I like an organist who juices the "biggest hits" a little more. To that effect, Karl Richter is still absolutely essential
. And I like Isoir's AoF
quite a bit better. Unfortunately (??) it's the only part of his Bach cycle I have. But then, I'd have too many, anyway. Stockmeier
still somewhere on the shelves, too - Fagius, of course [bec. part of the Brilliant box]... and plans on getting one of the Walcha sets, too.
Does anyone have opinions (informed ones, preferably) on Walcha's stereo set
[mouse-over link for small picture of cover] and incomplete mono set
? And what kind of a re-issue is this
? (Presumably the out-of-copyright mono set??) And anyone experience with Knud Vad's set
, available on SACD for "an apple & an egg"? (Well, in Europe/Germany, at least
From my "Best of 2008
" choices for WETA:Weinberger doesn’t aim for bombast (near-impossible, on the historic instruments from Saxony and Thuringia, anyway), and he is not the most impressive in some of the ‘biggest hits’ works. (Karl Richter’s 3 CD set is still a mandatory addition to any Bach organ collection, no matter who the interpreter). But apart from minor quibbles, it is a magnificent complete set.