David Goode performs a ggrand selection of some of Bach’s best organ works - including the famed Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor - providing modern listeners with a unique chance to hear Bach’s music as congregations of that period may have done.
The Gottfried Silbermann organ of Freiberg cathedral is one of a handful of such 18-th century instruments (built during Bach’s lifetime) to have remained largely unmodified to this day. Bach’swork as a organ inspector shows that he tested and inaugurated a number of Silbermann’s organs in Germany and, although there is no record that he played this instrument, its sound is undoubtedly one that Bach would have recognised and composed for.
"It is obvious from the very opening of the Toccata, Adagio and Fugue that we are in the presence of a truly magnificent organ and an organist who has a real flair for interpreting Bach.... What a glorious sound this 1714 Silbermann makes, and what a superb recording Signum Classics has come up with, capturing it with a hefty dose of atmsophere but with untarnished clarity of detail ... A throughly enjoyable disc from every aspect."
Marc Rochester - Gramophone magazine - June 2012
Performance **** Recording ****
BBC Magazine - April 2012
"...This is an exceptionally fine release that features a number of Bach’s finest works for organ played with a great deal of personality and panache... I would suggest that this recording is an invaluable addition to the collection of anyone, no matter how many performances of this music he or she already possesses."
David Newsholme - International Record Review - March 2012
"This is a very fine recording of the Freiberg Silbermann, with a lovely variety of registrations. Goode plays superbly in the A minor Vivaldi/Bach and G major Prelude & Fugue BWV 541... this is a worthy release." ****
Douglas Hollick - Choir & Organ magazine - March/April 2012