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Hans Helmut Tillmanns

Organ Works by
Johann Sebastian Bach
vol. 15

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
From Clavierübung Chorales
[ 1 ] Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV 686
(MP3 sample Soundbite)
[ 2 ] Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit, BWV 669 3:02
[ 3 ] Christe, aller Welt Trost, BWV 670 3:59
[ 4 ] Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 671 4:44
From Leipziger Chorales
[ 5 ] Komm, heiliger Geist Herre Gott, BWV 652 6:45
[ 6 ] Fantasie super: Komm, heiliger Geist, BWV 651 6:11
Triosonate No. 2 c-moll, BWV 526
[ 7 ] Vivace 4:26
[ 8 ] Largo 3:40
[ 9 ] Allegro (MP3 sample Soundbite) 4:33
Triosonate No. 6 G-Dur, BWV 530
[10] Vivace 4:38
[11] Lento 5:20
[12] Allegro 4:15
Hans Helmut Tillmanns, organ

[ 1 ]-[ 6 ], [ 9 ], [12]
An der Mönch Orgel der katholischen Pfarrkirche,
St. Maria Königin” in Kerpen-Sindorf, Deutschland.
At the Mönch Organ at “St. Maria Königin” in Kerpen-Sindorf, Germany.

[ 7 ]-[ 8 ], [10]-[11]
An der Romanus Seifert Orgel der ,Klosterkirche Maria Magdalena”
in Wuppertal-Beyenburg, Deutschland.
At the Romanus Seifert Organ at “Klosterkirche Maria Magdalena”
in Wuppertal-Beyenburg, Germany

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However, to strike a more positive note in a review where I seem unintentionally to have been damning with faint praise, since no-one else matches Tillmanns’ programme, if the menu appeals to you, I can recommend this CD. Not only are the performances very good, the front cover is graced by an attractive colour photograph of the 1693 case of the 1970 Seifert organ, with a monochrome illustration of the 1996 Mönch inside and, even better, full specifications of each organ, but no details of the registration for each piece. More to the point, they prove to be ideal instruments for the performance of Bach.

The recording is excellent. Apart from the oddities which I’ve mentioned, which are unimportant in the overall scheme of things, if the programme appeals, this latest volume will satisfy. If in doubt, this and the earlier volumes in the series can be heard via the Naxos Music Library, where you can also find the booklet – bear in mind that the CD sound is better than the limited mp3 from NML, though if you follow the download purchase button to classicsonline.com, you’ll find it there in very acceptable 320kb/s mp3 format, again with the booklet.

Brian Wilson