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Audio CD, Import, May 21, 1996
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A chorale prelude is simply a piece of organ music based on a pre-existing Lutheran hymn tune. In church, they can be used to introduce and remind the congregation of the hymn about to be sung, or they might be played afterwards, replacing certain verses for giving worshippers a moment to meditate on the meaning of the words. In cases where the composition is very fanciful and the melody well hidden, then the piece is simply a freestanding work of art with no other purpose than to stimulate the listener. You don't have to know the tunes to understand this music. Its beauty strikes you immediately, particularly in these glowing performances. Bach's chorale preludes have always been respected, but they deserve to be loved. --David Hurwitz

Disc: 1
1. The Schubler Chorales: Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme BWV645
2. The Schubler Chorales: Wo Soll Ich Fliehen Hin BWV646
3. The Schubler Chorales: Wer Nur Den Lieben Gott Lasst Walten BWV647
4. The Schubler Chorales: Meine Seele Erhebt Den Herren BWV648
5. The Schubler Chorales: Ach Bleib Bei Uns, Herr Jesu Christ BWV649
6. The Schubler Chorales: Kommst Du Nun, Jesu, Vom Himmel Herunter BWV650
7. The Leipzig Chorales: Komm, Heiliger Geist Herre Gott BWV651
8. The Leipzig Chorales: Komm, Heiliger Geist Herre Gott BWV652
9. The Leipzig Chorales: Jesus Christus, Unser Heiland BWV665
10. The Leipzig Chorales: Jesus Christus, Unser Heiland BWV666
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Disc: 2
1. The Leipzig Chorales: O Lamm Gottes, Unschuldig BWV656
2. The Leipzig Chorales: An Wasserflussen Babylon BWV653
3. The Leipzig Chorales: Herr Jesu Christ, Dich Zu Uns Wend BWV655
4. The Leipzig Chorales: Von Gott Will Ich Nicht Lassen BWV658
5. The Leipzig Chorales: Komm, Gott Schopfer, Heiliger Geist BWV667
6. The Leipzig Chorales: Vor Deinen Thron Tret Ich Hiermit BWV668
7. The Kirnberger Chorales: Gottes Sohn Ist Kommen BWV703
8. The Kirnberger Chorales: Nun Komm, Der Heiden Heiland BWV699
9. The Kirnberger Chorales: Vom Himmel Hoch Da Komm Ich Her BWV701/700
10. The Kirnberger Chorales: Lob Sei Dem Allmachtigen Gott BWV704
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