Choir & Organ

This is, unequivocally, one of the most enjoyable Bach recordings to come my way recently. Strathclyde University organist and Baroque scholar David Hamilton, who studied with Harald Vogel and Jos van der Kooy, has chosen Canongate Kirk’s III/20 Frobenius Op.1000 of 1998 to offer a representative selection of free works and chorale-based music including, inter alia, the Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor, the Pièce d’orgue, the ‘St Anne’ Prelude & Fugue, the Toccata, Adagio & Fugue in C, Wachet auf, and O Mensch, bewein.

Hamilton and the Frobenius – not a stop larger or smaller than it needs to be – are perfectly attuned to the repertoire: recorded close in, music and performer lead the listener on a Bachian journey of pure, almost chamber intimacy.

—Graeme Kay