Johann Sebastian Bach Organ Works


Catalogue No: DDA 25088
EAN/UPC: 809730508820
Release Date: October 2010
Genres: ,
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 75:39

This splendid recital of works by Johann Sebastian Bach has been produced in collaboration with Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh, to display the fine and distinctive sounds of the instrument. The booklet contains a history of the organ and its full specification. David Hamilton’s second CD, as with his recent Buxtehude album, shows a performer with skill and musicianship and also a deep empathy with the works of the baroque masters.

Track Listing

    Johann Sebastian Bach:

  1. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV645 (3:49)
  2. Passacaglia in C minor, BWV582 (13:19)
  3. Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV721 (4:36)
  4. Piece d’Orgue, BWV572 (9:02)
  5. O Mensch, bewein dein Sunde gross, BWV622 (5:15)
  6. I. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV564 − I. Toccata (5:35)
  7. II. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV564 − II. Adagio (4:05)
  8. III. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV564 − III. Fugue (8:01)
  9. Dies sind die heil’gen zehn Gebot, BWV678 (5:41)
  10. I. Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV552 − I. Prelude (8:33)
  11. II. Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV552 − II. Fugue (6:46)


The Consort

The performer[‘s] attention to detail and nuance, especially in the ornamentation, makes listening most enjoyable. The disc offers excellent value and is one to which I shall return.

” —John Collins
Classic FM Magazine

In this recital you get some gems… recognisably crafted with extraordinary and humble genius. A fine meeting of instrument and performer. I’ve had hours of pleasure from this CD already and there are many more to come.

” —Andrew Mellor

David Hamilton is clearly a fine organist, but there’s no doubt that the instrument is the real star of this disc… what this organ lacks in power it makes up for in the precision of the sound and the subtle combinations of the tone colours. Hamilton is quite conservative in his use of ornaments and his rubato is either non-existent or so subtle as to be imperceptible. The result is a series of very clean interpretations, an approach ideally matched to the tone and scale of the instrument. The sound quality is good, and it seems that the organ and the acoustic are ideally matched. An enjoyable disc then, and not your usual Bach greatest hits.

” —Gavin Dixon
UK Regional Press

Hamilton feels a natural affinity for the music of Baroque composers such as Bach and this crisply crafted offering serves up a varied and representative selection of the great man’s organ works, taking advantage of the naturally warm acoustic that this Danish designed instrument offers to the skilled practitioner.

” —Kevin Bryan
Midwest Record

Start with Bach and organ, add a cat that knows and loves both and let the fun begin. Well done and tasty.

” —Chris Spector
Choir & Organ

This is, unequivocally, one of the most enjoyable Bach recordings to come my way recently. Hamilton and the Frobenius … are perfectly attuned to the repertoire: a Bachian journey of pure, almost chamber intimacy.

” —Graeme Kay

[Hamilton] is a very fine advocate for this music. {His} tempos are spot-on… all in all Hamilton proved to be a very fine guide, one who highlights the intricacies of these works, often illuminating them in new ways. For a truly enjoyable experience of some great Bach organ works, this recording is as wonderful for novices as for experts.

” —Scott Noriega
Classical Net

This beautifully recorded CD shows David Hamilton in his element… one of the most exquisite sounding organs I have heard of late. I could not stop playing [it] over and over again. Hamilton uses the Kirk organ’s tonal palette quite magically and Divine Art’s recording is admirable in its clarity. Hamilton is the real deal if you want to listen to a truly original Bach recital. Most strongly recommended.

” —Gerald Fenech
MusicWeb Download Roundup

This gets into the Christmas supplement by virtue of its overall excellence – if you’re looking for a single-disc introduction to JSB’s organ music, this could well be it

” —Brian Wilson
Classical Music Sentinel

What an impressive little instrument this is… extremely well balanced in its voicing, and every stop… is designed and built in perfect proportion to each other. A bright, clean, direct and focused power where each and every note of a chord comes through nice and clear… well captured by the Divine Art recording. David Hamilton uses the organ’s attributes and acoustics to his advantage, and delivers a crisp, focused and finely registered account of all these pieces, This new recording should rest nicely at the top of the heap.

” —Jean-Yves Duperron