Marie-Claire Alain

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

(CD - Erato #96358)

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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

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

Track Listing - Disc 3

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

Track Listing - Disc 4

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

Track Listing - Disc 5

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

Track Listing - Disc 6

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

Track Listing - Disc 7

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

Track Listing - Disc 8

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

Track Listing - Disc 9

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

Track Listing - Disc 10

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

Track Listing - Disc 11

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

Track Listing - Disc 13

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Trio Sonata for organ No. 1 in E flat major, BWV 525 (BC J1)
1 03:06 Amazon
2 05:49 Amazon
3 04:01 Amazon
Trio Sonata for organ No. 2 in C minor, BWV 526 (BC J2)
4 03:38 Amazon
5 03:50 Amazon
6 04:24 Amazon
Trio Sonata for organ No. 3 in D minor, BWV 527 (BC J3)
7 05:26 Amazon
8 03:44 Amazon
9 03:44 Amazon
Trio Sonata for organ No. 4 in E minor, BWV 528 (BC J4)
10 02:39 Amazon
11 04:29 Amazon
12 02:42 Amazon
Trio Sonata for organ No. 5 in C major, BWV 529 (BC J5)
13 04:54 Amazon
14 05:00 Amazon
15 03:44 Amazon
Trio Sonata for organ No. 6 in G major, BWV 530 (BC J6)
16 03:59 Amazon
17 05:20 Amazon
18 03:53 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 14

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 14:02 Amazon
2 04:26 Amazon
3 01:47 Amazon
4 04:05 Amazon
5 02:23 Amazon
6 02:28 Amazon
7 03:05 Amazon
8 04:48 Amazon
Prelude and Fugue, for organ in G major, BWV 541 (BC J22)
9 02:56 Amazon
10 04:19 Amazon
11 03:51 Amazon
12 03:02 Amazon
Trio for organ in G major (arrangement, possibly by Kellner), BWV 1027a
13 03:29 Amazon
14 03:21 Amazon
The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), for keyboard and chamber instruments, BWV 1079
15 10:19 Amazon
16 05:30 Amazon
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