Review of J. S. Bach Organ Works,
Vol. II: Leipzig Mastery
American Organist, November
|"This two-disc set contains an ideal combination
of music, performance, instruments, recording, and packaging, and
embraces Bach's major organ output from the Leipzig years, lovingly
and convincingly played by one of America's finest Bach players. Rhythmic
propulsion is balanced by relaxed linear flow, textures are articulate
without being choppy, and registrations are unfailingly appropriate.
In the final analysis, Dr. Ritchie always brings out the inherent
musical characteristics of each work. Particularly attractive is the
inclusion of the Canonic Variations and of the complete Eighteen
Chorales, many of which are not heard as often as they merit.
Both organs are in northern European style and are excellent vehicles
for Bach performance; each is used for about the same number of works
and each is equally well recorded. There are comprehenesive program
notes by George Stauffer, information on organist and organs, specifications
and color photographs of both instruments, and the complete registrations
employed. If one needed any further incentive to purchase this fine
recording, it is that two discs are sold for the price of one."