Post by Mark & Steven Bornfeld
Can someone recommend a recording?
Really I'm recommending an organist, Simon Preston.
Unable to get Simon Preston, I have a crappy 2CD set of "The Art of
Fugue" played instead by the execrable Wolfgang Rubsam. Maybe Rubsam
was on Prozac or Ritalin, it's so badly played. I only listen to it
when I have a migraine. Anyway, at the end of it is an *appalling*
version of the Passacaglia and fugue. Phil Collins could do better.
Now, on the other hand, I have a SUPERB 14 CD set of Simon Preston
playing JS Bach's organ works (Deutsche Grammophon). Simon Preston is a
great artist, and his Bach orgelwerk recordings are very sensitive to
the church acoustics and sonorities of many famous baroque organs in
Europe. He has a very strong feel for tempo, the emotions of voicing
(organ stops), voice (fugue!) lines, and rhythmic drive. And like the
pianist Claudio Arrau, you don't hear _him_, but only who he's
interpreting. The 6th CD has the Passacaglia and fugue. That
Passacaglia, wow, it soars up through the heavens every time; it makes
me catch my breath and cry it's so beautiful.
I hope one day that Simon Preston records "The Art of Fugue".
With kind regards,
"Les choses, comme elles sont, dureront autant que moi."
Things, as they are, will last through my time.