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The Biggs Bach Book

  • 1. Marches (2) and Polonoises (2) for keyboard (Clavierbchlein fr Anna Magdalena Bach II/16-19), H. 1: Marche D Major, BMV Anh. 122
    2. Polonaise, for keyboard in G minor (AMN II/10, attributed), BWV Anh. 119
    3. Minuet, for keyboard No. 1 in G major (Anna Magdalena Notebook II/1), BWV Anh. 114
    4. Minuet, for keyboard No. 5 in G minor (Anna Magdalena Notebook II/5), BWV Anh. 115
    5. Minuet for keyboard No. 7 in G major (AMN II/7; doubtful), BWV Anh. 116
    6. Musette for keyboard in D major (AMN II/22; doubtful), BWV Anh. 126
    7. Marches (2) and Polonoises (2) for keyboard (Clavierbchlein fr Anna Magdalena Bach II/16-19), H. 1: Polonaise in G minor, BWVAnh125
    8. Minuet for keyboard No. 36 in D minor (AMN II/36; doubtful), BWV Anh. 132
    9. Polonaise, for keyboard in G major (Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook II/28), BWV Anh. 130
    10. Marches (2) and Polonoises (2) for keyboard (Clavierbchlein fr Anna Magdalena Bach II/16-19), H. 1: March in G major, BWVAnh124
    11. Bist du bei mir, aria arranged for voice & continuo (after Gottfried Stlzel), BWV 508
    12. Wie wohl ist mir, O Freund der Seelen, aria for voice & continuo (AMN II/40; doubtful), BWV 517
    13. Schaffs mit mir, Gott, nach deinem Willen, chorale setting for 4 voices, BWV 514 (BC F216)
    14. Suite, for harpsichord in A major (from the Clavierbchlein of W.F. Bach BWV 824), TWV 32:14: Gigue
    15. Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Schafe Knnen Sicher Weiden
    16. Work(s): Menuet Fait Par Mons Bhm
    17. Cantata No. 79, "Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild," BWV 79 (BCA184): Nun Danket Alle Gott
    18. Nun Danket All
    19. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for organ (Schbler Chorale No. 1), BWV 645 (BC K22)
    20. Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Gloria Sei Dir Gesungen
    21. Cantata No. 156, "Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe," BWV 156 (BC A38): Sinfonia
    22. Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, chorale prelude for organ (formerly BWV 720)
    23. Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (I), chorale setting for 4 voices, BWV 302 (BC F53.1)
    24. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesus Bleibet Meine Freude
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 30539

  • Credits
    ProducerHellmuth Kolbe; Andrew Kazdin
    EngineerEdward T. Graham; Ed Michalski; Raymond Moore

    Personnel: E. Power Biggs (organ).
    Recording information: 1960S.
    Engaging and cordial, these splendid performances of some of Bach's finest compositions breath to life through this recording with the assistance and inspiration of organist E. Power Biggs. Light, lush and radiant, these beautiful organ melodies take the listener on a journey to paradise, and to the top of the world's classical music heaven, feeling like one has met J. S. Bach personally. Such a definitive collection put together and sold on the market within the last three decades is quite rare, especially for such a classy label as Columbia. Featured on the first side of this record are quite a few fresh and merry Minuets in both major and minor keys, lasting no more than a minute. Not until the second side do we see the scope and length of Bach's longer pieces, as they are so pleasantly absorbed into the ears and hearts of the listening audience. Perhaps a highlight in the record can be the Aria, the Birthday Cantata no. 208, an eclectic, romantic, and at times maddening piece clocking to five and a half minutes. This collection of Bach is meant to stir the listening soul, turn on the ears of the passive listener and have the listener find a new direction in their lives through the uplifting and reflective power of the music itself. ~ Shawn M. Haney

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