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Kay Johannssen (Organ)

Bach’s Great Organ Mass

R-16

Edition Bachakademie Vol. 101: Organ Works - Clavier Übung Third Part

Prelude & Fugue in E flat major ("St. Anne"), BWV 552: Prelude 8:55]
Chorale Prelude Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit (I), BWV 669 [3:32]
Chorale Prelude Christe, aller Welt Trost (I), BWV 670 [4:52]
Chorale Prelude Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist (I), BWV 671 [5:00]
Chorale Prelude Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit (II), BWV 672 [2:02]
Chorale Prelude Christe, aller Welt Trost (II), BWV 673 [1:49]
Chorale Prelude Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist (II), BWV 674 [1:36]
Chorale Prelude Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (V), BWV 675 [3:10]
Chorale Prelude Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr (VI), BWV 676 [4:47]
Chorale Prelude (Fughetta super) Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 677 [1:23]
Chorale Prelude Dies sind die heilgen zehn Gebot (II), BWV 678 [4:52]
Chorale Prelude (Fughetta super) Dies sind die heilgen zehn Gebot, BWV 679 [1:55]
Chorale Prelude Wir glauben all an einen Gott (I), BWV 680 [3:05]
Chorale Prelude (Fughetta super) Wir glauben all an einen Gott, BWV 681 [1:14]
Chorale Prelude Vater unser im Himmelreich (II), BWV 682 [6:43]
Chorale Prelude Vater unser im Himmelreich (III), BWV 683 [1:11]
Chorale Prelude Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam (I), BWV 684 [4:26]
Chorale Prelude Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam (II), BWV 685 [1:32]
Chorale Prelude Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir (I), BWV 686 [6:13]
Chorale Prelude Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir (II), BWV 687 [4:49]
Chorale Prelude Jesus Christus, unser Heiland (VI), BWV 688 [3:32]
Chorale Prelude (Fuga super) Jesus Christus unser Heiland, BWV 689 [4:38]
Duets BWV 802-805 [3:00, 3:40, 2:50, 2:36]
Prelude & Fugue in E flat major ("St. Anne"), BWV 552: Fugue [7:10]

Kay Johannsen (Organ) [Erasmus-Bielfeldt Organ]

Hänssler

Oct 25-27, 1998

2-CD / TT: 100:42

Recorded at St. Wilhadi, Stade, Germany.
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Donald Satz wrote (January 9, 2000):
In my short review of the Channel Classics concept recording of the Great Organ Mass, I had recommended that those not familar with these works first listen to the entire Mass. As it happens, I was browsing through one of my CD storage drawers last night and came across a fairly recent recording of the complete Mass on Hanssler performed by Kay Johannsen - 2-CD set - catalog no. 92.101.

I immediately starting listening, as I was interested in comparing the quality of the two organ interpretations. Uniformly, Johannsen displays a greater sense of meaningful drama, joy, or any other emotion you might think of while listening to the work. Concerning recorded sound, I suppose many would opt for the lush sound of the Channel Classics set; it is outstanding. However, the more basic sound on the Hanssler release has the advantage of fully detailing the part playing, and Johannsen is superb in this area. In fact, he's a great Bach interpreter all around.

Johannsen also plays the Four Duets on organ. The organ interpretation gives these pieces a greater mystery than the harpsichord or piano and are as idiomatic as I could want.

I haven't changed my opinion of the Channel Classics release. But I do prefer the Organ Mass complete, and with playing at the level of Johannsen's, the Hanssler release is a mandatory acquisition. Go buy it. The opening Praeludium will have you in its grasp from its initial theme and you'll be rushing to put on the second disc.

 

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