Marie-Claire Alain

J.S. Bach: Complete Works for Organ [Digital Recording]

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AllMusic Review by Patsy Morita

The grande dame of French organists, Marie-Claire Alain recorded the complete organ music of Bach not once, not twice, but three times. This collection is the third recording, made in the late '80s and early '90s, and recorded digitally by Erato. For this version, Alain had access to restored, historic organs, including some that Bach himself would have played. This affected the way she approached the music, trying to choose the right organ to match the work and where it fell chronologically in Bach's career, and choosing the matching technique as well. In an interview with the magazine The Organ, Alain said "This third cycle is also much more musicological in approach, since we know much more now about performance practice in Bach's day and of other composers of his time: different position of the hands on the keyboard, different fingering, accentuation.... Our entire approach has to be rethought in terms of what we have since discovered." This more is a mature version of the master composer's works than her earlier ones, made by an artist well-respected for her dedication to early music performance practice as well as her musicality.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor ("Dorian"), BWV 538 (BC J38)
1 Marie-Claire Alain 05:09 Amazon
2 Marie-Claire Alain 07:53 Amazon
3 Marie-Claire Alain 03:36 Amazon
4 Marie-Claire Alain 01:12 Amazon
5 Marie-Claire Alain 02:03 Amazon
6 Marie-Claire Alain 01:40 Amazon
7 Marie-Claire Alain 05:32 Amazon
8 Marie-Claire Alain 01:04 Amazon
9 Marie-Claire Alain 01:40 Amazon
Prelude and Fugue, for organ in G minor, BWV 535 (BC J23)
10 Marie-Claire Alain 02:34 Amazon
11 Marie-Claire Alain 04:39 Amazon
12 Marie-Claire Alain 01:52 Amazon
13 Marie-Claire Alain 00:59 Amazon
14 Marie-Claire Alain 04:10 Amazon
15 Marie-Claire Alain 00:52 Amazon
16 Marie-Claire Alain 01:09 Amazon
17 Marie-Claire Alain 01:39 Amazon
Prelude and Fugue, for organ in E major, BWV 566 (BC J17)
18 Marie-Claire Alain 02:24 Amazon
19 Marie-Claire Alain 08:44 Amazon
20 Marie-Claire Alain 00:54 Amazon
21 Marie-Claire Alain 01:15 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Prelude and Fugue, for organ in C major, BWV 545 (BC J51)
1 Marie-Claire Alain 02:15 Amazon
2 Marie-Claire Alain 04:19 Amazon
3 Marie-Claire Alain 03:57 Amazon
Prelude and Fugue, for organ in D minor ("Fiddle;" doubtful), BWV 539 (BC J15, 71)
4 Marie-Claire Alain 01:57 Amazon
5 Marie-Claire Alain 05:01 Amazon
6 Marie-Claire Alain 03:27 Amazon
7 Marie-Claire Alain 17:16 Amazon
8 Marie-Claire Alain 01:58 Amazon
9 Marie-Claire Alain 05:18 Amazon
10 Marie-Claire Alain 07:01 Amazon
11 Marie-Claire Alain 04:42 Amazon
12 Marie-Claire Alain 04:22 Amazon
13 Marie-Claire Alain 03:43 Amazon
Prelude and Fugue, for organ in A minor, BWV 551 (BC J25)
14 Marie-Claire Alain 02:06 Amazon
15 Marie-Claire Alain 03:22 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Prelude and Fugue, for organ in E minor ("Cathedral"), BWV 533 (BC J18)
1 Marie-Claire Alain 02:20 Amazon
2 Marie-Claire Alain 02:41 Amazon
3 Marie-Claire Alain 01:57 Amazon
4 Marie-Claire Alain 01:47 Amazon
5 Marie-Claire Alain 02:20 Amazon
6 Marie-Claire Alain 02:12 Amazon
7 Marie-Claire Alain 02:24 Amazon
Prelude and Fugue, for organ in C major, BWV 531 (BC J9)
8 Marie-Claire Alain 02:23 Amazon
9 Marie-Claire Alain 04:04 Amazon
10 Marie-Claire Alain 01:01 Amazon
11 Marie-Claire Alain 02:43 Amazon
12 Marie-Claire Alain 01:47 Amazon
13 Marie-Claire Alain 02:12 Amazon
14 Marie-Claire Alain 02:45 Amazon
15 Marie-Claire Alain 04:44 Amazon
16 Marie-Claire Alain 01:20 Amazon
17 Marie-Claire Alain 04:12 Amazon
18 Marie-Claire Alain 01:25 Amazon
19 Marie-Claire Alain 01:30 Amazon
20 Marie-Claire Alain 02:04 Amazon
21 Marie-Claire Alain 01:16 Amazon
22 Marie-Claire Alain 02:44 Amazon
23 Marie-Claire Alain 01:17 Amazon
24 Marie-Claire Alain 04:25 Amazon
25 Marie-Claire Alain 04:24 Amazon
26 Marie-Claire Alain 09:43 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Prelude and Fugue, for organ in C minor ("Arnstadt"), BWV 549 (BC J14)
1 Marie-Claire Alain 02:02 Amazon
2 Marie-Claire Alain 03:14 Amazon
3 Marie-Claire Alain 02:39 Amazon
4 Marie-Claire Alain 02:52 Amazon
5 Marie-Claire Alain 04:44 Amazon
6 Marie-Claire Alain 02:01 Amazon
7 Marie-Claire Alain 01:39 Amazon
8 Marie-Claire Alain 03:19 Amazon
Fantasia and Fugue, for organ in C minor, BWV 537 (BC J40)
9 Marie-Claire Alain 04:39 Amazon
10 Marie-Claire Alain 04:08 Amazon
11 Marie-Claire Alain 09:19 Amazon
12 Marie-Claire Alain 01:38 Amazon
13 Marie-Claire Alain 00:51 Amazon
14 Marie-Claire Alain 01:24 Amazon
15 Marie-Claire Alain 01:18 Amazon
16 Marie-Claire Alain 01:27 Amazon
17 Marie-Claire Alain 01:05 Amazon
18 Marie-Claire Alain 01:11 Amazon
19 Marie-Claire Alain 02:55 Amazon
20 Marie-Claire Alain 06:12 Amazon
21 Marie-Claire Alain 04:34 Amazon
22 Marie-Claire Alain 02:41 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Prelude and Fugue, for organ in C major, BWV 547 (BC J11)
1 Marie-Claire Alain 04:53 Amazon
2 Marie-Claire Alain 06:24 Amazon
3 Marie-Claire Alain 13:45 Amazon
Prelude and Fugue, for organ in E flat major ("St. Anne;" Clavier-Übung III/26), BWV 552 (BC J16)
4 Marie-Claire Alain 09:05 Amazon
5 Marie-Claire Alain 04:12 Amazon
6 Marie-Claire Alain 04:49 Amazon
7 Marie-Claire Alain 05:47 Amazon
8 Marie-Claire Alain 01:36 Amazon
9 Marie-Claire Alain 01:36 Amazon
10 Marie-Claire Alain 01:28 Amazon
11 Marie-Claire Alain 03:39 Amazon
12 Marie-Claire Alain 04:29 Amazon
13 Marie-Claire Alain 01:03 Amazon
14 Marie-Claire Alain 05:01 Amazon
15 Marie-Claire Alain 02:18 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Marie-Claire Alain 03:37 Amazon
2 Marie-Claire Alain 01:31 Amazon
3 Marie-Claire Alain 07:46 Amazon
4 Marie-Claire Alain 01:29 Amazon
5 Marie-Claire Alain 04:12 Amazon
6 Marie-Claire Alain 01:46 Amazon
7 Marie-Claire Alain 07:15 Amazon
8 Marie-Claire Alain 05:26 Amazon
9 Marie-Claire Alain 04:03 Amazon
10 Marie-Claire Alain 04:48 Amazon
11 Marie-Claire Alain 02:34 Amazon
12 Marie-Claire Alain 03:33 Amazon
13 Marie-Claire Alain 02:42 Amazon
14 Marie-Claire Alain 03:59 Amazon
Prelude and Fugue, for organ in E flat major ("St. Anne;" Clavier-Übung III/26), BWV 552 (BC J16)
15 Marie-Claire Alain 07:33 Amazon
16 Marie-Claire Alain 03:26 Amazon
17 Marie-Claire Alain 05:14 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Prelude and Fugue, for organ in C minor, BWV 546 (BC J12, 53, 69)
1 Marie-Claire Alain 07:28 Amazon
2 Marie-Claire Alain 05:54 Amazon
3 Marie-Claire Alain 01:38 Amazon
4 Marie-Claire Alain 01:42 Amazon
5 Marie-Claire Alain 01:30 Amazon
6 Marie-Claire Alain 01:47 Amazon
7 Marie-Claire Alain 02:02 Amazon
8 Marie-Claire Alain 01:28 Amazon
9 Marie-Claire Alain 02:33 Amazon
10 Marie-Claire Alain 01:15 Amazon
11 Marie-Claire Alain 02:13 Amazon
12 Marie-Claire Alain 02:14 Amazon
13 Marie-Claire Alain 01:41 Amazon
14 Marie-Claire Alain 01:06 Amazon
15 Marie-Claire Alain 20:00 Amazon
Prelude and Fugue, for organ in F minor, BWV 534 (BC J20)
16 Marie-Claire Alain 04:27 Amazon
17 Marie-Claire Alain 04:57 Amazon
18 Marie-Claire Alain 03:54 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Marie-Claire Alain 08:13 Amazon
2 Marie-Claire Alain 01:32 Amazon
3 Marie-Claire Alain 01:17 Amazon
4 Marie-Claire Alain 01:44 Amazon
5 Marie-Claire Alain 01:00 Amazon
6 Marie-Claire Alain 02:13 Amazon
7 Marie-Claire Alain 01:41 Amazon
8 Marie-Claire Alain 01:48 Amazon
9 Marie-Claire Alain 01:04 Amazon
10 Marie-Claire Alain 01:30 Amazon
11 Marie-Claire Alain 01:28 Amazon
12 Marie-Claire Alain 00:56 Amazon
13 Marie-Claire Alain 03:06 Amazon
14 Marie-Claire Alain 02:02 Amazon
15 Marie-Claire Alain 02:22 Amazon
16 Marie-Claire Alain 01:22 Amazon
17 Marie-Claire Alain 02:36 Amazon
18 Marie-Claire Alain 03:02 Amazon
19 Marie-Claire Alain 02:09 Amazon
20 Marie-Claire Alain 02:41 Amazon
21 Marie-Claire Alain 05:27 Amazon
22 Marie-Claire Alain 04:36 Amazon
23 Marie-Claire Alain 03:58 Amazon
24 Marie-Claire Alain 05:04 Amazon
25 Marie-Claire Alain 07:17 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 10

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Prelude and Fugue, for organ in D major ("Little"), BWV 532 (BC J13, 54, 70)
1 Marie-Claire Alain 04:40 Amazon
2 Marie-Claire Alain 05:58 Amazon
3 Marie-Claire Alain 04:42 Amazon
4 Marie-Claire Alain 07:58 Amazon
5 Marie-Claire Alain 04:52 Amazon
6 Marie-Claire Alain 03:03 Amazon
7 Marie-Claire Alain 03:03 Amazon
8 Marie-Claire Alain 06:15 Amazon
9 Marie-Claire Alain 10:28 Amazon
10 Marie-Claire Alain 05:05 Amazon
11 Marie-Claire Alain 05:38 Amazon
12 Marie-Claire Alain 03:27 Amazon
13 Marie-Claire Alain 02:20 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 11

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Concerto for solo organ No. 2 in A minor (after Vivaldi Op. 3/8, RV 522), BWV 593 (BC J86)
1 Marie-Claire Alain 04:06 Amazon
2 Marie-Claire Alain 03:36 Amazon
3 Marie-Claire Alain 04:02 Amazon
Concerto for solo organ No. 5 in D minor (after Vivaldi Op. 3/11, RV 565), BWV 596 (BC J85)
4 Marie-Claire Alain 05:01 Amazon
5 Marie-Claire Alain 03:21 Amazon
6 Marie-Claire Alain 03:16 Amazon
Concerto for solo organ No. 3 in C major (after Vivaldi Op. 7ii/5, RV 208), BWV 594 (BC J84)
7 Marie-Claire Alain 07:26 Amazon
8 Marie-Claire Alain 02:50 Amazon
9 Marie-Claire Alain 07:46 Amazon
Concerto for solo organ No. 1 in G major (after Duke Johann Ernst), BWV 592 (BC J88)
10 Marie-Claire Alain 03:24 Amazon
11 Marie-Claire Alain 02:09 Amazon
12 Marie-Claire Alain 02:00 Amazon
13 Marie-Claire Alain 04:07 Amazon
14 Marie-Claire Alain 03:37 Amazon
Prelude and Fugue, for organ in A major, BWV 536 (BC J24)
15 Marie-Claire Alain 01:47 Amazon
16 Marie-Claire Alain 04:21 Amazon
17 Marie-Claire Alain 05:04 Amazon
Prelude and Fugue, for organ in G major, BWV 550 (BC J21)
18 Marie-Claire Alain 02:35 Amazon
19 Marie-Claire Alain 04:11 Amazon
20 Marie-Claire Alain 02:57 Amazon