The organ can often take a back seat in the pecking order of great Jazz instruments but underappreciate it at your peril. The likes of Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Booker T and Ray Charles, to name but a few, made the instrument their own while crafting jazz cuts of dazzling brilliance.
The recipient of the 2012 City of Leipzig Bach Medal, Masaaki Suzuki has earned an enviable reputation as an interpreter of the music of J. S. Bach as a reviewer in Intl Record Guide has put it: 'With Suzuki you can hear Bach's heart beat'. To a wide audience he is known as the director of Bach Collegium Japan, and the moving force behind the ensemble's acclaimed recordings of Bach's complete sacred cantatas. Perhaps less well known is that he began his career at the age of 12! playing the organ at church services in Kobe, where he was born. Suzuki has remained true to the organ throughout his life, and for BIS he has previously recorded Bach's German Organ Mass, as well as programs of Buxtehude and Sweelinck. He here appears on a disc combining some of Bach's best-loved works for the instrument, including the D minor Toccata and Fugue, the Partitas on O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 767, the Canonic Variations, BWV769, and the celebrated Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV548.
Concierto de Música Europea del Siglo XV interpretado en el extraordinario Órgano de Papel de Leonardo da Vinci. Played by master organist and organ builder Joaquin Saura, accompanied by Grupo Música Antigua under the direction of Eduardo Paniagua. With all the information on the instrument, the program CD, an historical sketch of the times, the unpublished story of the alchemical experiment of Antorques de Plasencia, Josquin of Asura and canon Don Juan de Espina, and other curiosities and news. Made for the Exhibition "Leonardo y La Música" (PDF of the Event, included)