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The Biggs Bach Book
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Christian Pezold, Johann Sebastian Bach
The Biggs Bach Book
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, New Age, Pop, Classical
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To be listened to again and again
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This was my first classical album which, years later, I purchased again when it was available on CD. Many of the pieces will be familiar to those who love traditional church music, but of course, Biggs is not a regular church organist. The pieces are so precisely planned and presented that they have both an addictive quality and a beautiful simplicity.The chorale prelude on "A Mighty Fortress" does not work well on just any organ (it requires a 16' reed on one manual) but it is wonderful here. Even the simple selections from the Anna Magdalena Bach book are exciting on this CD."
Wonderful portraits of Bach, the timeless genius.
rockerford | Oregon | 05/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"E. Power Biggs is the only recorded organist with which I am familiar, but I have thoroughly enjoyed his interpretations of Bach.His version of the Anna Magdalena notebook is delightful, and the chorales are performed in such a way that they are both sonically powerful and emotionally moving. The "Sheep may safely graze" is deep, yet charming.Finally, what a beautiful piece is found in "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," which closes this disc. It is played simply, but it always manages to be profound as well."
Sébastien Melmoth | Hôtel d'Alsace, PARIS | 01/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"These are classic recordings from the 1970s. At that time, Biggs--along with Glenn Gould--was really on the cutting edge of the vanguard of Bach interpreters. The highlights of this fine disc are the charming realizations of the little gems from the Anna Magdalena Notebook."