Bach - Fantasia and fugue in G minor BWV 542 - Van Doeselaar | Netherlands Bach Society

  • The Fantasia and fugue in G minor, performed by Leo van Doeselaar for All of Bach, is one of the few organ works that can accurately be dated. Bach performed this work in Hamburg, where the post of organist at St Jacob’s Church became vacant in 1720. During a recital lasting over two hours, he demonstrated his skills as an organist and struck his audience dumb. One member of that audience was the former organist Reincken, the eminence grise of the Hamburg music scene, who praised Bach’s improvisational art as follows: ‘I thought this skill had died out, but I see it lives on in you’.
    Recorded for the project All of Bach on October 8th 2013 at St Martin's Church, Groningen. If you want to help us complete All of Bach, please subscribe to our channel and consider donating
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    Leo van Doeselaar, organist
    Organ: Arp Schnitger, 1692

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