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Bach: Complete Organ Works Box set

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  • Performer: Hans Fagius
  • Composer: J. S. Bach
  • Audio CD (April 4, 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 17
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B0001ZWJBC
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,400 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Bogdan Petculescu on July 1, 2009
Hans Fagius (born 1951, now an organ professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music) initially recorded the organ works of J S Bach for the Swedish label BIS in the eighties - the series received highest recommendations when it was first issued.

This box from Brilliant Classics contains all those individual CDs packed nicely in paper sleeves inside a wallet.

Fagius plays on five restored Swedish organs, i.e.:
- the Kristine Church organ (Falun);
- the 1728 Cahman organ (Leufista Bruk);
- the Matts Arvidsson organ (Mariefred Church);
- the Nils-Olof Berg organ (Mission Church, Uppsala);
- the 1764 Wahlberg organ (Fredrikskyrkan, Karlskrona).

The sound is excellent, the church acoustics finely caught but never overwhelming.

The notes, by Fagius, are magnificent. I don't think one can learn more about Bach's organ works from the liner notes included in any other complete (more or less...) sets on the market.

The interpretation is splendid: highly enjoyable, even though there is no fancy stuff here, only the best scholarly (in the better sense of the word) rendition.
Fagius uses every resource available and displays a variety of styles, sometimes painting with a thick brush and sometimes sketching with a fine pen, but always bringing to light the genial substance and the depth of these works. While listening, you are being taught by a wonderful teacher - about beauty, majesty, history, musical structures... Maybe even life?
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Hans Fagius originally did these recordings for the Bis label. These 17 discs are currently at $21 per disc.
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