Orgelbüchlein

Calvin Bowman presents an expert reading of J.S Bach's 'Little Organ Book' - a microcosm of Bach's compositional and improvisational genius.

Calvin Bowman exhibits a self-confessed passion for the music of J.S.Bach, and it shows in this performance of the 'Little Organ Book' played on the Ahrend organ, Robert Blackwood Hall, Melbourne.

This mature reading of Bach's work is the first step toward his goal to record the complete organ and harpsichord works of J.S. Bach.

The 'Orgelbüchlein' is a record - suspended for all time - of Bach's inspired improvisations of existing hymn tunes. These written down improvisations provide insight into Bach's brilliance both as composer and performer. In this microcosm of imaginative improvisation, the Baroque master expresses a richness of invention and symbolism rarely seen in earlier works.

Complete with German and English text, and organ registrations this MOVE release serves as an inviting introduction for performer and listener alike, to the genius of Bach's organ works.

46 chorales on 2 CDs!

Artist

Calvin Bowman

Calvin Bowman is acknowledged to be one of Australia's finest young musicians. He is well known as an outstanding musician who strives to attain nothing less than perfection.


Press quotes

“Calvin Bowman is acknowledged as one of Australia's finest young musicians. As well as being an outstanding organist, he is also respected as a harpsichordist and accompanist producing masterly interpretations that would do credit to a performer twice or three times his age.”

— Clive O'Connell, The Age

“Bowman's enthusiasm and commitment to Bach's keyboard music is obvious in this performance”

New Classics, UK

“delicious, quiet miniatures, demonstrating Bach's propensity for the reflective and intensely beautiful. Bowman shows mastery of the organ and a great love for these seductive masterpieces.”

The Melburnian

“should be in every organist's library.”

— Bruce Steele, Organo Pleno

“The recording and digital editing are excellent as is the whole presentation. The set is recommended”

— Paul Maloney, Australian Music Teacher Magazine

Audio previews

Track Listing

  1. BWV 599 Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. BWV 600 Gott, durch deine Güte, or Gottes Sohn ist kommen Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. BWV 601 Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottes-Sohn, or Herr Gott, nun sei gepreist Johann Sebastian Bach
  4. BWV 602 Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott Johann Sebastian Bach
  5. BWV 603 Puer natus in Bethlehem Johann Sebastian Bach
  6. BWV 604 Gelobet seist du, Jesus Christ Johann Sebastian Bach
  7. BWV 605 Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich Johann Sebastian Bach
  8. BWV 606 Von Himmel hoch, da komm ich her Johann Sebastian Bach
  9. BWV 607 Von Himmel kam der Engel Schaar Johann Sebastian Bach
  10. BWV 608 In dulci jubilo Johann Sebastian Bach
  11. BWV 609 Lobt Gott, ihr Christen allzugleich Johann Sebastian Bach
  12. BWV 610 Jesu, meine Freude Johann Sebastian Bach
  13. BWV 611 Christum wir sollen loben schon Johann Sebastian Bach
  14. BWV 612 Wir Christenleut' Johann Sebastian Bach
  15. BWV 613 Helft mir Gottes Güte preisen Johann Sebastian Bach
  16. BWV 614 Das alte Jahr vergangen ist Johann Sebastian Bach
  17. BWV 615 In dir ist Freude Johann Sebastian Bach
  18. BWV 616 Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin Johann Sebastian Bach
  19. BWV 617 Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel auf Johann Sebastian Bach
  20. BWV 618 O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig Johann Sebastian Bach
  21. BWV 619 Christe, du Lamm Gottes Johann Sebastian Bach
  22. BWV 620 Christus, der uns selig macht Johann Sebastian Bach
  23. BWV 621 Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund Johann Sebastian Bach
  24. BWV 622 O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross Johann Sebastian Bach
  1. BWV 623 Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ Johann Sebastian Bach
  2. BWV 624 Hilf, Gott, dass mirs gelinge Johann Sebastian Bach
  3. BWV 625 Christ lag in Todesbanden Johann Sebastian Bach
  4. BWV 626 Jesus Christus, unser Heiland Johann Sebastian Bach
  5. BWV 627 Christ ist erstanden Johann Sebastian Bach
  6. BWV 628 Erstanden ist der heilige Christ Johann Sebastian Bach
  7. BWV 629 Erschienen ist der herrliche Tag Johann Sebastian Bach
  8. BWV 630 Heut triumphiret Gottes Sohn Johann Sebastian Bach
  9. BWV 631 Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist Johann Sebastian Bach
  10. BWV 632 Herr Jesus Christ, dich zu uns wend Johann Sebastian Bach
  11. BWV 633 Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier Johann Sebastian Bach
  12. BWV 634 Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier Johann Sebastian Bach
  13. BWV 635 Dies sind die heil'gen zehn Gebot Johann Sebastian Bach
  14. BWV 636 Vater unser im Himmelreich Johann Sebastian Bach
  15. BWV 637 Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt Johann Sebastian Bach
  16. BWV 638 Es ist das Heil uns kommen her Johann Sebastian Bach
  17. BWV 639 Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesus Christ Johann Sebastian Bach
  18. BWV 640 In dich hab' ich gehoffet, Herr Johann Sebastian Bach
  19. BWV 641 Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein Johann Sebastian Bach
  20. BWV 642 Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten Johann Sebastian Bach
  21. BWV 643 Alle Menschen müssen sterben Johann Sebastian Bach
  22. BWV 644 Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig Johann Sebastian Bach

Performers

Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.


Where to buy

Orgelbüchlein can be purchased online through Buywell Just Classical or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

This title is also available in (or can be ordered through) many fine music retailers across Australia, including Thomas’, Discurio and Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Producer
John O'Donnell
Engineer
Martin Wright
Vaughan McAlley
Release date
1995
Copyright
© 1995 Move Records
Phonogram
℗ 1995 Move Records
Categories
Baroque, Classical, Organ
Catalogue number
MD 3162
Alternate catalogue number
MD3162
Barcode
EAN 9314574316223