Johann Sebastian Bach trained his many sons to be the finest organists of their time, yet hardly any organ music survives from them. Through transcription, improvisation, and other acts of imaginative re-creation this recording reunites Bach and his boys for a program that recaptures the virtuosic panache, commanding counterpoint, impressive poise, and exuberant excess of this first family of the organ. Played by award-winning Bach scholar and organist David Yearsley on Cornell University’s reconstruction of a Berlin organ from 1706 known to at least one of the Bach sons, this program explores new dimensions not only of Johann Sebastian’s towering achievement but also of the kinds of now-lost contributions the next Bach generation might have made to their family instrument’s long and glorious history.
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performing artists: David Yearsley
February 1, 2017