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Johann Sebastian BACH, Clavier-Übung III Johann Sebastian Bach, Clavier-Übung III

Clavier-Übung III is considered Johann Sebast ian Bach’s most important and most comp lete organ work, contai ning some of his pieces for the instrument that are the most complex musically and the most deman ding technically. Formally, it takes its inspiration from the religious music of the masters of the stile antico. But, at the same time, Bach was an innovator and here incorporated modern Baroque musical forms, such as the chorale à la française and the gallant style. The aim of the collection was manifold: an ideal organ programme; a practical translation of Lutheran doctrine in musical terms for devotional use at church or in the home; a collection of organ music in all possible styles and idioms, old and modern; and a didactic work presenting examples of all possible forms of contrapuntal composition, going well beyond earlier treatises of musical theory. Léon Berben gives us his interpretation, a new and fresh view of this milestone in organ music, using the exceptional sound colours of an organ contemporary with Bach and largely preserved in its original state: the Christoph Treutmann organ in Grauhof (Germany)



Léon Berben  Whether as organist or harpsichordist, LÉON BERBEN can be considered a master in his fi eld. His extensive knowledge of music history and historical performance practice make him one of the leading fi gures within his generation of the early music world. His repertoire embraces keyboard music from 1550 to 1790. He is the co-author of various articles in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. His interpretations are given special weight by intensive study of the sources, and constant research work, and his solo recordings on historic instruments have received great critical acclaim, winning several awards including the Diapason d'Or, the Choc du Monde de la Musique, as well as the Quarterly German Record Critics' Award. Léon Berben was born in 1970 in Heerlen, The Netherlands, and lives in Cologne. He gained his solo diploma in organ and harpsichord in Amsterdam and The Hague, studying with Gustav Leonhardt (whose last student he was), Rienk Jiskoot, Ton Koopman and Tini Mathot. He was the harpsichordist for Musica Antiqua Köln (Reinhard Goebel) from 2000, with whom he performed throughout Europe, Asia and North and South America, and recorded many CDs for Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv Produktion. Since the dissolution of the ensemble in 2006, he has pursued a solo career, appearing regularly in the most prestigious international festivals such as Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Internationaal Orgelfestival Haarlem, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Bodenseefestival, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht, Rheingau Musikfestival, Festival de Saintes, Lucerne Festival, and the Festival de Música Antiga de Barcelona. He is a regular partner of Concerto Melante, a chamber music ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

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CD I  
1. Praeludium in E flat major BWV 552/1
2. Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit BWV 669  
3. Christe, aller Welt Trost BWV 670  
4. Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist BWV 671  
5. Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit BWV 672
6. Christe, aller Welt Trost BWV 673  
7. Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist BWV 674  
8. Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr BWV 675  
9. Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr BWV 676  
10. Fughetta super Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr BWV 677  
11. Dies sind die heilgen zehen Gebot BWV 678  
12. Fughetta super Dies sind die heilgen zehen Gebot BWV 679  
13. Wir gläuben all an einen Gott BWV 680  
14. Fughetta super Wir gläuben all an einen Gott BWV 681  
   
CD II  
1. Vater unser im Himmelreich BWV 682  
2. Vater unser im Himmelreich BWV 683  
3. Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam BWV 684  
4. Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam BWV 685  
5. Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir BWV 686  
6. Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir BWV 687  
7. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der von uns den Zorn Gottes wandt BWV 688  
8. Fuga super Jesus Christus, unser Heiland BWV 689  
9. Duetto I BWV 802  
10. Duetto II BWV 803  
11. Duetto III BWV 804  
12. Duetto IV BWV 805  
13. Fuga in E flat major BWV 552/2