JS Bach - Clavier-Ubung III | Resonus Classics RES10120

JS Bach - Clavier-Ubung III

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Label: Resonus Classics

Cat No: RES10120

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 3rd June 2016



Stephen Farr (organ)


Bach, Johann Sebastian

Clavier-Ubung III


Stephen Farr (organ)


The internationally acclaimed organist Stephen Farr presents his first J.S. Bach recording with the virtuosic Clavier-Übung III. Containing some of Bach's most stunning work, this collection demonstrates the composer at the height of his powers in composing for the organ and was one of the few works that Bach had published during his lifetime.

Recorded on the Metzler organ of Trinity College, Cambridge, this album follows Farr's contemporary organ recital on the same instrument released on Resonus Classics in 2012 - Jacquet's Ghost (RES10111). Clavier-Übung III is performed here in its entirety, complete with the four ‘Duetti’.

This recording is the first volume in a projected complete recording of the organ works of J.S. Bach by Stephen Farr.

‘[...] one can simply enjoy Farr’s rock steady rhythmic playing, crisp articulation and commanding overview. His approach is refreshingly unfussy and quirk free, and he draws on an unfailingly interesting palette of tonal colours [...] In a strong field this performance must be in the top three.’ - Gramophone

‘Farr rises to the occasion, turning in performances that are as varied and vital as the music demands, intricate details inked with telling clarity and the elongated arc of the whole negotiated with nimble and nuanced aplomb. Superb recorded sound’
- Choir and Organ (5 stars)

‘[...] Farr’s playing needs no musicological justification; it sparkles and seduces in equal measure, and the choice of instrument (the 1975 Metzler at Trinity College, Cambridge) seems completely wedded to the score’ - Classical Ear

‘It is an exciting listen and Farr copes admirably with all the challenges that Bach throws at him. As an enjoyable recital it is an easy recommendation’ - Cross Rhythms

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