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Proms 38 - Bach Organ Music

David Briggs gives a Bach organ recital at the Royal Albert Hall, with original works including the Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, as well as a selection of arrangements.

BBC Proms 2010

Live from the Royal Albert Hall

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

The mighty Father Willis organ of the Albert Hall is unleashed by David Briggs, Organist Emeritus at Gloucester Cathedral, for the third of today's Bach Proms. The programme starts with two contrasting original works for the instrument - a small-scale chorale prelude based on the Advent hymn "Sleepers Wake", preceded by the great Passacaglia in C minor: twenty-one variations and a fugue founded on a repeated bass line. Three pieces demonstrate the organ's traditional role playing transcriptions of orchestral works - a role extending back to Bach's own day - including the cantata movement 'Sheep may safely graze', and David Briggs's own arrangement of the best known of Bach's orchestral suites, including the popular 'Air on the G String'.

Bach: Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
Bach: Chorale Prelude 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme', BWV 645
Bach, arr. Stainton B Taylor: Aria 'Schafe können sicher weiden', BWV 208
Bach, arr. Virgil Fox:'Komm, süsser Tod', BWV 478
Bach, arr. David Briggs:Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068

David Briggs (organ).

1 hour, 15 minutes


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