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German Organ Mass

Organist Simon Lole explores Bach's so-called German Organ Mass, a work full of codes and symbolism, and part of the collection of four great keyboard works, Clavierubung.

Organist Simon Lole explores Bach's so-called German Organ Mass, an acknowledged masterwork of the repertoire, and part of the composer's collection of four great keyboard works, Clavierubung.

Simon presents a selection of high-profile recordings and illustrates some of the ideas in the music from the organ of Jesus College, Cambridge. The wealth of musical styles and musical invention in the collection is notable in itself, but Bach had another motivation for creating this Clavierubung. By unpicking some of its musical codes and symbols, Simon explains its raison d'etre and the meaning of the work's moniker.

Playlist:

All music from Bach's Clavierubung III.

Prelude in E flat, BWV552 (St Anne)
Piet Kee (organ)
CHACONNE CHAN0590
Track: 14
(Organ of the Martini Church, Groningen)

Duet in G, BWV804
Kay Johannsen (organ)
HANSSLER CLASSIC 92101
(Gottfried Trost Organ of the Stadtkirche 'Zur Gotteshilfe' Waltershausen)

Kyrie, Gott Heiliger Geist, BWV671
Ton Koopman (organ)
TELDEC 4509 984642
CD1
Track: 12
(Erasmus Bielfeldt Organ of St Wilhadi, Stade)

Trio: Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr, BWV676
Masaaki Suzuki (organ)
BIS CD10912
CD1
Track: 13
(Marc Garnier Organ of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music)

Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV669
Margaret Phillips (organ)
REGENT RECORDS REGCD276
CD1
Track: 2
(Gottfried Silbermann Organ of the Dom St Marien, Freiberg)

Dies sind die heil'gen zehn gebot, BWV678
Kay Johannsen (organ)
HANSSLER CLASSIC 92101
CD1
Track: 11
(Erasmus Bielfeldt Organ of St Wilhadi, Stade)

Fughetta: Dies sind die heil'gen zehn gebot, BWV679
Margaret Phillips (organ)
REGENT RECORDS REGCD276
CD1
Track: 12
(Gottfried Trost Organ of the Stadtkirche 'Zur Gotteshilfe' Waltershausen)

Vater unser in Himmelreich, BWV682
Margaret Phillips (organ)
REGENT RECORDS REGCD276
CD1
Track: 15
(Gottfried Trost Organ of the Stadtkirche 'Zur Gotteshilfe' Waltershausen)

Christ, unser Herr, Zum Jordan kam, BWV685 (excerpt)
Ton Koopman (organ)
TELDEC 4509984642
CD2
Track: 2
(Gottfried Silbermann Organ of the Dom St Marien, Freiberg)

Duet in E minor, BWV802
Kay Johannsen (organ)
HANSSLER CLASSIC 92101
CD2
Track: 10
(Erasmus Bielfeldt Organ of St Wilhadi, Stade)

Fugue in E flat, BWV552 (St Anne) (excerpt)
Piet Kee (organ)
CHACONNE CHAN0590
Track: 17
(Organ of the Martini Church, Groningen)

All other examples played by Simon Lole on the organ of Jesus College, Cambridge.

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