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Bach: L'Ouvre d'orgue (The Organ Works) /Rogg Import

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  • Performer: Lionel Rogg
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (November 16, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 12
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B000027OAA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,485 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Ayers on February 24, 2005
This is thrilling music, well played on an organ representative of Bach's period. The harmonic structure of the pedal notes is wonderful and this recording seems to sort them out just fine. Its hard to believe that this organ is only 40+ ranks and was originally pumped by human power.

The "Passacaglia" is the finest I have heard, and I do not hear any noticable distortion on the low pedal notes. In fact this recording from the early seventies is more listenable than many newer digital recordings made recently. Also, I listen to this music at levels comparable to those experienced in the church environment.

I am completely satisfied with this boxed set and listen to it often. I advise anyone buy this set based on artistry and musical content and not worry about the sound. It's OK.

I do not understand why this set does not come up on Amazon's Bach Organ works listing. I had to find it under Lionel Rogg.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Pont on January 30, 2012
I would like to add that I have all these 3 sets of Bach Organ Works, performed by Lionel Rogg for the Oryx, EMI & Harmonia Mundi record labels.

As a student, I idealized his mid-1960's 'Oryx Recordings'. But yesterday, I serviced my old Rotel turntable and replayed some of the LPs from the Oryx series; comparing them against my EMI remastered, mid-1970's CD versions,(also played by Rogg on 'modern' organs) - and then my 'Harmonia Mundi' CD set on a Silbermann Organ.

Sorry, but I don't know how anyone today can be content, after listening to the original technical sound quality emanating from the LP's! Apart from the 'snap, crackle & pop', the stereo sound is narrow and compressed. There is no really wide, dynamic, aural spectrum either. Also, one notices the really low-signal to high-noise ratio. Thank God for the wonders of digital remastering, otherwise you'd fail to appreciate much of Rogg's interpretive detailing.

I had deluded myself, entertaining once-rosy memories, gained in the early 1970's. No way would I praise Rogg's 1960's recordings as being 'more authentic.' Let's say the Oryx recordings were groundbreaking for their time, but now there are 2 other series, newly remastered onto the CD format, which better proclaim and capture Rogg's interpretive skills.

Bach organ buffs may also care to purchase the excellent 15-CD 'Berlin Classics' series, (re-released approx 2008). All these very early (1960's-1972) former VEB/edel/East German State recordings use several wonderful, different sized, GDR located, Silbermann organs. They also benefit from a 'sonic-soundmapping'(?) i.e. ADD reprocessing, which translates as "VERY presentable; clean, wide-ranging sound." The 10 different East German organ virtuosi (emanating from the former DDR's musical schools in Dresden, Weimar & Leipzig), furnish one's ear with very thrilling, clearly articulated performances.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eric Meece on November 11, 2005
This is the first, and best, recordings of Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Works I have heard. Lionel Rogg's performances are smooth and flawless. I usually feel I have not heard an organ work by Bach until I have heard Rogg's recording on the Silbermann organ at Arlesheim in 1970, which this boxed set presents. The Toccatas and Fugues are the highlight; especially the fabulous Toccata in F Major. I have played this piece by this organist more than any recording in my life. His rendition of the usually least-admired Toccata in E made me admire it fully for the first time. Usually his performances are the best and definitive versions of each piece. The dramatic feel, tempo and phrasing are the best I've heard. Occasionally other versions of the smaller chorales are more engaging than Rogg's. The Arlesheim organ is also rather small, although powerful; and the sound of the organ doesn't vary too much from disc to disc through the 12 CDs. I don't know why one reviewer complained about the "sound" however; it is fabulous and all notes are extraordinariily clear on all pieces. Also, it's not a complete set of Bach organ works, but that does not make it any less essential to anyone who wants to own recordings of the Master's organ works.

NOT Johann Michael Bach! How did that get there?
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