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The German composer, organist and teacher Wolfgang Stockmeier recorded the complete J S Bach organ works between 1977 and 1981 for Art & Music, and those recordings are now available from Membran (Documents) in two box sets with ten CDs each.
An interesting thing about this cycle is that it is played exclusively on Kreienbrinck organs from various churches in Germany - this brings a degree of homogeneity which sometimes lacks from other similar traversals. The sound is beautiful, with enough breathing space and at the same time finely detailed.
The interpretation is knowledgeable, restrained and unaffected, with very little rubato and no eccentricities. Bach's counterpoint is clearly revealed and its effect, enhanced by the predominately slow tempi and the richness and warmth of the sound, is always uplifting and sometimes even mesmerizing.
This is a work of reference, backed up as it is by dedication, serious scholarship and superb technique.
For those interested, it may be worth adding that there is a very fine set of Karg-Elert's organ works played by Wolfgang Stockmeier on the CPO label, unfortunately out of print now but still available (at least partially) as MP3 downloads from Amazon.
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