Marie-Claire Alain

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

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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
Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor ("Dorian"), BWV 538 (BC J38)
1
5:09
2
7:53
3
3:36
4
1:12
5
2:03
6
1:40
7
5:32
8
1:04
9
1:40
Prelude and Fugue, for organ in G minor, BWV 535 (BC J23)
10
2:34
11
4:39
12
1:52
13
0:59
14
4:10
15
0:52
16
1:09
17
1:39
Prelude and Fugue, for organ in E major, BWV 566 (BC J17)
18
2:24
19
8:44
20
0:54
21
1:15

Track Listing - Disc 4

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

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
Prelude and Fugue, for organ in C minor ("Arnstadt"), BWV 549 (BC J14)
1
2:02
2
3:14
3
2:39
4
2:52
5
4:44
6
2:01
7
1:39
8
3:19
Fantasia and Fugue, for organ in C minor, BWV 537 (BC J40)
9
4:39
10
4:08
11
9:19
12
1:38
13
0:51
14
1:24
15
1:18
16
1:27
17
1:05
18
1:11
19
2:55
20
6:12
21
4:34
22
2:41

Track Listing - Disc 6

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

Track Listing - Disc 7

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

Track Listing - Disc 8

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

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
8:13
2
1:32
3
1:17
4
1:44
5
1:00
6
2:13
7
1:41
8
1:48
9
1:04
10
1:30
11
1:28
12
0:56
13
3:06
14
2:02
15
2:22
16
1:22
17
2:36
18
3:02
19
2:09
20
2:41
21
5:27
22
4:36
23
3:58
24
5:04
25
7:17

Track Listing - Disc 10

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

Track Listing - Disc 11

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

Track Listing - Disc 14

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
14:02
2
4:26
3
1:47
4
4:05
5
2:23
6
2:28
7
3:05
8
4:48
Prelude and Fugue, for organ in G major, BWV 541 (BC J22)
9
2:56
10
4:19
11
3:51
12
3:02
Trio for organ in G major (arrangement, possibly by Kellner), BWV 1027a
13
3:29
14
3:21
The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), for keyboard and chamber instruments, BWV 1079
15
10:19
16
5:30
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