To most people, Wausau, Wisconsin brings to mind insurance, mostly the TV commercials where everyone mispronounces the town's name. But to organ aficionados, the town located amid central Wisconsin's farms and forests is the home of one of the finest north German-style organs in American -- the Jaeckel organ at Salem Lutheran Church. This CD is the first commercial recording of the Wausau organ, which is modeled after the organs Bach knew quite well, particularly the beautiful instruments of Arp Schnitger (1648-1719) upon which organ-builder Daniel Jaeckel modeled this organ in Wausau. Schrader says "its highly expressive winding heightens the vocal character on which Bach's contrapuntal music is based. On this organ, Bach's music sings as freshly today as it did when it was new." In contrast to many other Bach organ interpreters, Schrader presents an unromanticized, more authentically baroque performance -- crisp attacks, generally faster tempos, and tasteful ornamentation including a cadenza near the end of the C-major toccata. This style is particularly well-suited to the Jaeckel organ.
Cedille...has scored a success with Chicagoan Schrader...a vivid listening experience. -- San Jose Mercury News
The recording has admirable focus and clarity . . . yet there is no lack of ambiance. Essential for Bach organ fans. -- Chicago Tribune