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Bach and Expression: A New 2-DVD/2-CD set from Fugue State Films - [FSFDVD-015] $45.95

Bach and Expression: A 2-DVD/2-CD set from Fugue State Films

Daniel Moult and Martin Schmeding explore musical expression in performing the organ works of J. S. Bach in seven video documentaries (of about 3-1/2 hours duration on DVD 1), with examples filmed at the keyboards of four organs in central Germany and which were built by organbuilders whose organs were known to Bach:  Gottfried Silbermann, Zacharias Hildebrandt, and Tobias Heinrich Gottfried Trost. The superb videography provides a virtual tour of these famous organs and the churches which house them in Rötha, Sangerhausen, and Waltershausen.  The contrasting tonal concepts of the brilliant Silbermann choruses compared to the almost "orchestral" nature of the Trost organs sparks an enlightening investigation of registration and changes of registration as a means of expression depending upon the organ at-hand. Matters of articulation, rhythm, performance practices of various periods, and more find greatly informed presentations by Schmeding and Moult. The documentaries visit Leipzig (Thomaskirche, Bach Archive, and a few other sites) and the famous Hildebrandt organ at Wenzelskirche in Naumburg (the only extant organ known to have been tested and played by Bach).  A 28-page booklet includes color pictures of the organs and stoplists.  DVD 2 contains filmed performances of 25 major Bach works as well as further demonstrations of the four organs.  The 2 CDs in the set also contain the 25 works.  The sound is splendid. (Please note: This 2-DVD and 2-CD set is the first of three releases in a Bach series from Fugue State Films)

Works on DVD 2 and the 2 CDs:
Prelude & Fugue in G minor, BWV 535 † ¤
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 730 † §
Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottes Sohn, BWV 698 † §
Wer nur den lieben Gott Lässt walten, BWV 691 † §
Pareludium in A minor, BWV 551 * §
Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 715 * §
Herzlich lieb hab ich dich o Herr, BWV 1115 * §
Herr Gott, nun schleuß den Himmel auf, BWV 1092 * §
Herzliebster Jesu, was hast du verbrockhen, BWV 1093 * §
Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582 * **
Canzona in D minor, BWV 588 † ‡
Toccata & Fugue in F Major, BWV 540 * ‡
Concerto in C Major after Ernst, BWV 595 † ‡
Prelude & Fugue in D minor, BWV 539 † §
Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C Major, BWV 564 † **
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 † **
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 660 † **
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 661 * **
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654 * **
Allein Gott in der Höh, sei Ehr, BWV 662 † ¤
Allein Gott in der Höh, sei Ehr, BWV 676 * ¤
Prelude & Fugue in E minor, BWV 548 * ¤
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der von uns den Zorn Gottes wandt, BWV 668 * ‡
Trio in G Major, BWV 1027a † ‡
Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel hoch da komm' ich her, BWV 569 * ‡

*Martin Schmeding   †Daniel Moult

¤ 1721 Gottfried Silbermann, Georgenkirche, Rötha
§ 1724 Gottfried Silbermann, Marienkirche, Rötha
** 1728 Zacharias Hildebrandt, Jacobikirche, Sangerhausen
‡ 1730 Tobias Heinrich Gottfried Trost, Stadtkirche, Waltershausen



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