JS Bach - Harmonic Seasons | Brilliant Classics 95786

JS Bach - Harmonic Seasons

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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95786

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 15th November 2019

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For this uniquely compiled new recording of Bach’s organ works, the Italian organist Manuel Tomadin devised a concept of organising music by the four seasons. There are 12 pieces on the album, opening with the vaulting arpeggios of the G major Prelude, BWV541. To each season is given its own prelude and fugue – all of them masterpieces from Bach’s Leipzig period – as well as a pair of shorter works.

These include superb chorale preludes such as Christ unser Herr, zum Jordan kam, BWV564, but also much lesser-known music such as the C minor Fantasia, BW1121: a youthful piece of reverent serenity, and the Kleines harmonisches Labyrinth, BWV591. The authorship of this tripartite work has often been questioned – it came to light as part of the Neumeister Chorales within the last century – but the daring sequences at its close are highly redolent of the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue that is one of Bach’s undisputed masterpieces.

On this recording Manuel Tomadin plays the Christoph Treutmann organ of 1737 in the former Collegiate Church of St George, Grauhof, Germany. The booklet includes photos and specification of the organ as well as Tomadin’s own authoritative introduction to the music on the album. His extensive discography on Brilliant Classics has met with wide critical praise.

‘For both completeness and budget price, Tomadin has no competition, and merits a cordial recommendation accordingly’ – Fanfare, January 2019, reviewing the organ works of Vincent Lübeck, 95453

‘Tomadin performs with equal grace on all three instruments, demonstrating the interchangeability of the music. The phrasing is precise and convincing, and Tomadin has a positive knack for making the simplest of lines and lyrical themes interesting and listenable. He will have done a tremendous service to the world of music in this recording.’ – Fanfare, July 2016, reviewing the keyboard music of Alberti, 95161

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