A unique but highly appropriate coupling of the complete works for solo organ by Johannes Brahms, along with Arnold Schoenberg s only work for solo organ, a virtuoso masterpiece of the 20th-century organ literature. The program is played by the brilliant young organist Tom Bell, on the historic organ of St. Bartholomew s Church, Armley in Leeds. Bell draws together the virtuoso, lyrical, and contrapuntal elements of Brahms organ works, strongly influenced by J.S. Bach, and the startlingly similar qualities and influences in Schoenberg s major organ work. The relationship between these three towering figures in German music across three centuries will be a revelation!
1. BRAHMS: Prelude and Fugue in G minor, WoO 10
2. Eleven Chorale Preludes, Op. 122
3. Prelude and Fugue in A minor, WoO 9
4. Chorale Prelude and Fugue O Traurigkeit, O Herzeleid, WoO 7
5. Fugue in A-flat minor, WoO 8
6. SCHOENBERG: Variations on a Recitative, Op. 40