J.S. Bach's Great Eighteen Chorales form a capstone to his works for solo organ, completing the series of masterworks that consists of the Orgelbüchlein, the Schübler Chorales, and the Clavier-Übung III. Bach began work on the chorales in 1739 in Leipzig, though some of them may date back to 1710, when he was the court organist in Weimar. The revisions continued periodically over Bach's last decade and work was only interrupted by his death in 1750. For this double-disc presentation on Acis, American organist Renée Anne Louprette performs the chorales on the Metzler organ in the chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge, and the organ's bright sound is wonderfully complemented by the fresh but not overly resonant acoustics. Louprette's playing is meticulous and steady, and her choices of stops are appropriate to the time period, sounding remarkably transparent and balanced. Exceptional recordings of the chorales are not especially common, so this fine set is highly recommended.
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AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson
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