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WF Bach Organ Music Recorded for Naxos

September 20, 2009

On 26 August 2009 at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA, USA, Julia Brown recorded organ music by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach:

Seven Chorale Preludes for Organ F. 38: (1) Nun komm, (2) Christ, der du bist, (3) Jesu meine Freude, (4) Durch Adams Fall, (5) Was mein Gott will, (6) Wir Christenleut, (7) Wir danken dir
Fugue in C minor F. 32
Three Fugues for Organ with pedal: (1) Fugue in G minor F. 37, (2) Fugue in D Major, (3) Fugue in C minor
Fugue in B-flat F. 34
Fugue in F, F. 33
Fugue in A minor,
Fugue in C minor
Fugue in B-flat
Fugue in F, F. 36

Julia Brown writes:

Julia Brown
‘Eighteenth-century commentaries on Wilhelm Friedemann Bach regularly emphasize two aspects of his musical profile: the enormous compositional density, intricacy and artistry of his works on the one hand, and his legendary virtuosity as a keyboard and organ player on the other.

‘Today Friedemann Bach is rarely heard and often misunderstood. Here is music written by arguably the greatest virtuoso organist of his time which is often overlooked as organ repertoire today. The works of J. S. Bach’s eldest son combine traditional stylistic elements and those of the new musical thoughts. Friedemann lived in a time of transitions in musical taste, and as a result his music displays a mixture of conservative and progressive elements creating his own personal style. The musical ‘density and intricacy’ described by his contemporaries is prominently featured in his organ fugues and chorale preludes; occasionally the listener is surprised by a dramatic cadence or gallant flourish.

‘For the most part his music was not published and circulated in manuscript form, which presents challenges to performers seeking accuracy in notation. This was one of the aspects of the joint efforts of Wolfgang Rübsam and Julia Brown during the recording session at Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, Washington, USA).

‘The beautiful sounds and carvings of the Paul Fritts Op. 18 organ are modeled after Northern European instruments of the 18th century. This visually and aurally magnificent organ provides ideal sounds and clarity for the dense polyphony of this most gifted member of the Bach family.’

This new recording of WF Bach’s organ music will be released on Naxos 8.570571.

The Producer was Wolfgang Rübsam, who also performs on several acclaimed Naxos discs.

Julia Brown Biography & Discography

Wolfgang Rübsam Biography & Discography


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