JS Bach: Orgelbüchlein (Chorale Preludes Nos. 1-45) BWV 599-644 - Anton Heiller, organ
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KHCD-2012-071DL (STEREO) - JS Bach: Orgelbüchlein (Chorale Preludes Nos. 1-45) BWV 599-644 - Anton Heiller playing the 1964 Metzler und Sonne organ at Netsal, Switzerland - The chorale preludes form the first of Bach's masterpieces for organ with a mature compositional style in marked contrast to his previous compositions for the instrument. Although each of them takes a known Lutheran chorale and adds a motivic accompaniment, Bach explored a wide diversity of forms in the Orgelbüchlein. This recorded collection, originally found on two separate Vanguard Cardinal LPs, is considered by some to be as definitive. Well-recorded in a spacious acoustic, and most enlightening and engaging. Thanks to Dr Anthony Godzieba for suggesting this reissue.