Helmut Walcha – J. S. Bach: Organ Works (180g pressing, from the 5LP box set)

# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
# Performer: Helmut Walcha
# Vinyl (1956 / 2013)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# DR Analysis: DR 10
# Label: Archiv Producktion
# Size: 990MB (24/96) + 276MB (16/44.1)
# Recovery: 5%
# Scan: yes
# Server: File Factory / File Post

The first album in the Archiv Produktion 5LP box set.

Thanks to all who donated toward the purchase of this box set!

Box Set Overview:

This unique limited-edition LP set features five outstanding Archiv releases recorded between 1956 and 1982, with iconic artists Helmut Walcha, Karl Richter, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Reinhard Goebel and Trevor Pinnock, in pristine quality recordings from the early days of stereo to the early digital era. Newly presented in luxury 180-gram vinyl pressings, the LPs come in their original sleeves, with a 16-page accompanying leaflet that contains an article on Archiv, and the original LP notes.

Archiv Produktion has established itself as a landmark label for early music, documenting since 1947 the rediscovery an innovative interpretation of early music by the great performers of the day. Archiv Produktion offers a wide palette of recordings in which today’s great artists focus on the areas of their greatest expertise.

The list of artists who have recorded for Archiv is truly astounding. And the music they recorded represents some of the best, both in terms of repertoire and listening experience, that there has ever been.

Album Reviews:

If you love Bach organ works, then you MUST add this recording to your collection. I have been enthralled with the Toccata and Fugue in D minor since my childhood. I majored in music in college and reviewed the many recordings of this work through the vast music library in my university. No other artist, other than Helmut Walcha, has been able to capture the dramaticism and romanticism of this haunting masterpiece of organ music. His interpretations are breathtaking and throughout the piece, from dissonances to resolutions, he has you perched on the edge of your seat.

I have listened to Richter, to Biggs and to Fox. They have not been able to bring the life to this piece that Helmut Walcha has taken from his soul and poured onto the registers of the magnificent instrument he plays, the pipe organ. I personally have seven recordings of this piece on various media. I have since added several cassettes and finally a few CD’s recently, all of which contain, among other pieces, the Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Do not deprive yourself of this unique recording of perfection. – James J Taratunio, amazon.com

I first heard these recordings in a boxed set of records that my dad owned (and still owns) when I was a child. I could not have wished for a better introduction to Bach’s organ works. It was these performances that inspired me to take up keyboard myself. Helmut Walcha plays the pieces with an honesty and passion I have yet to hear matched in other performances of the same works. He doesn’t “cheat” or take shortcuts as I have heard so many other organists do. He clearly enjoys the music on a deep level (Walcha was considered an authority on the works of Bach), and this shines through in his performances. The version of Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is without question one of the best performances you will ever hear of this classic piece.

Not only is Mr. Walcha’s performance superb, but the organ used is one of the best in the world – the great organ in St. Laurenskirk. Never have I heard a fuller, richer dynamic range in a pipe organ. In short, this collection is a must-have for any serious organ and/or Bach enthusiast. – A Customer, amazon.com

Track Listing:

Side One
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor BWV 565
01 – Toccata
02 – Fugue

Trio Sonata No. 6 BWV 530
03 – I. Vivace
04 – II. Lento
05 – III. Allegro

Side Two
Prelude and Fugue in C Major BWV 547
06 – Prelude
07 – Fugue

Trio Sonata No. 1 BWV 525
08 – I. (Allegro moderato)
09 – II. Adagio
10 – III. Allegro

Recorded September 16-19, 1956 at St. Laurenskerk in Alkmaar, Netherlands
Produced by Dr. Erich Thienhaus
First released in 1959 as LP 198 002

Ripping Info:

All vinyl is cleaned on a VPI 16.5

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