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The Organ chorales of the Leipzig manuscript,  Schübler chorales
Johann Sebastian Bach

The Organ chorales of the Leipzig manuscript, Schübler chorales

Vincent van Laar

Label: Aliud
Format: CD
Barcode: 8717775551171
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Catalog number: ACDBN 1032
Releasedate: 03-11-17
- After a long period Vincent van Laar is presenting his new album at Aliud records.

- The fact that the 24 chorales for organ were much loved, appears from the large number of copies and transcriptions that were made, and this is further underlined by the admiration expressed by 19th-century composers including Mendelssohn and Schumann.

- For the collection ‚Sechs Chorale von verschiedener Art‘ (Six chorales of various kinds, BWV 645-650), published around 1749 by Bach‘s pupil Schübler, Bach acted as the arranger of his own music.
This CD features 24 chorale preludes for the organ (BWV 645-668). Without exception, they stand in the tradition of the chorale-based music of Bach‘s predecessors. They therefore include pieces with the unornamented chorale tune in the pedal (BWV 651 and 661), others with the melody ornamented (BWV 653, 654, 659 and 662), chorale trios (BWV 655 and 664), and works employing traditional contrapuntal techniques like canon, fugue and imitation (BWV 652 and 665).
Vincent van Laar performs frequently in the Netherlands and abroad as an organist, harpsichordist and continuo player. Besides his greatest passion, the music of J.S. Bach, he has a predilection for the music of J.P. Sweelinck and the North German repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. As a continuo player and soloist he is a member of Concerto d’Amsterdam and The Northern Consort; as a guest he plays frequently with Musica Amphion. Vincent van Laar‘s teachers included Nico van den Hooven, Harald Vogel, Glen Wilson and Bob van Asperen. He graduated in organ at the Utrecht Conservatory in 1984, and in harpsichord at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in 1988. He won organ competitions in Zeerijp (1981), Toulouse (1983) and Alkmaar (1991).  Besides many radio broadcasts, Vincent van Laar‘s CD recordings include: - the complete organ works of Melchior Schildt on the Schnitger organ in Norden; - the 24 Capricetten by Jacob Wilhelm Lustig on the harpsichord and the Hinsz organ in Appingedam; - cantatas by J.S. Bach with obbligato organ, with the countertenor Maarten Engeltjes and Concerto d’Amsterdam; - the complete organ works of Johann Adam 
Reincken and Nicolaus Bruhns on the organ of the Martinikerk in Groningen. Vincent van Laar also recorded organ works by Sweelinck, which was awarded an Edison.