This is the eighth volume of Bach’s organ works played on the organ of Trinity College Chapel (built by the Swiss firm Metzler Söhne in 1976) and played by David Goode, the Eton College organist. These recordings come from a series of performances as part of Bach at Trinity, which took place in 2016-17 and was a year-long celebration of the complete organ works of Johann Sebastian Bach and of the 40th anniversary of the aforesaid organ.
The recording, available only as a download¹, begins with the Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV538 ‘Dorian’ with its Vivaldi like Toccata and the Fugue.There follow two miniatures, one of doubtful provenance, that rarely appear on CD. Goode then plays the more familiar Trio Sonata No. 4 in E minor, BWV528 with its first movement which is a re-working of the Sinfonia from Cantata BWV76, its most moving Andante and lively final movement. After a couple more short pieces, Goode gives an excellent performance of the Concerto after Vivaldi Op. 3 No. 8, BWV593. The recording concludes, as it began, with another well-known Prelude and Fugue this time the Prelude and Fugue, “Wedge”, BWV548 which rounds things off very nicely.
Organ enthusiasts who are collecting the complete set will no doubt wish to acquire this latest release. If you are just wishing to dip your toes in the water and sample some Bach organ works played with great flair and in fine sound you will not be disappointed by this varied collection.
¹ For CD lovers I can announce that Presto Classical have made this series available on licensed CDs.