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BACH AND THE ART OF THE SONATA “Bach — Sonatas” is the fourth double CD in a series of nine releases of Oslo Cathedral organist Kåre Nordstoga playing Bach’s organ music on historic instruments around Europe. The six trio sonatas are at the core of this release. Citing J. Forkel, who published the first major biography of Bach in 1802: “One can never say enough of their beauty.” We also get to hear two of Bach’s great toccatas, the C Major and the D Minor (“Dorian”), together with a Canzona in D Minor. The album was recorded on the restored Schnitger organ in St. Jacobi Church in Hamburg. It is a wonderful example of North German organ building that was so important for Bach. With the abundance of contrasting overtones of this instrument, it is perfectly suited to Bach’s organ polyphony and especially to the six trio sonatas, which in many ways represent his crowning achievement in through-composed linear interplay. The unequal tempering of this old organ adds a dimension to the contrasts in keys, as heard in particular in the fresh, radiant tonality of the Toccata in C Major. Kåre Nordstoga (b. 1954) studied at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where he was appointed professor in 1994. Since 1984 he has been cathedral organist in Oslo. He regularly performs a large repertoire, which has included two popular concert series with Bach’s complete organ works. Nordstoga is an active concert organist. In recent years he has been soloist with the symphony orchestras of Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim, and he has been invited to organ festivals in Aarhus, Paris and Tokyo, among others. In 2006 he was awarded the Lindeman Prize for his active contribution to musical life. REVIEWS «This also reveals the fluidity of Bach's masterful polyphony, over which Nordstoga has complete technical mastery. He also demonstrates his control over the Schnitger organ, selecting from the many tempting registrations to provide himself with a limited group of colours which give continuity between movements, but from time he adds a solo with more exotic tones which tickles one's musical palate. [...] Sound Engineer Thomas Wolden and Producer Vegard Landaas have excelled themselves in producing sonics of amazing realism and detail.» John Miller – HRAudio.net, 19.02.16 review_LWC1087_HRAudio.pdf
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Disc 1

1. Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538 ("Dorian"): I. Toccata 00:05:32 1.50 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
2. Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 538 ("Dorian"): II. Fugue 00:07:50 1.80 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
3. Trio Sonata No. 1 in E flat major, BWV 525: I. (Allegro) 00:03:07 1.50 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
4. Trio Sonata No. 1 in E flat major, BWV 525: II. Adagio 00:07:50 1.80 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
5. Trio Sonata No. 1 in E flat major, BWV 525: III. Allegro 00:04:02 1.50 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
6. Trio Sonata No. 2 in C minor, BWV 526: I. Vivace 00:03:57 1.50 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
7. Trio Sonata No. 2 in C minor, BWV 526: II. Largo 00:03:52 1.50 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
8. Trio Sonata No. 2 in C minor, BWV 526: III. Allegro 00:04:31 1.50 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
9. Trio Sonata No. 3 in D minor, BWV 527: I. Andante 00:06:11 1.50 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
10. Trio Sonata No. 3 in D minor, BWV 527: II. Adagio e dolce 00:06:29 1.50 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
11. Trio Sonata No. 3 in D minor, BWV 527: III. Vivace 00:04:01 1.50 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
12. Trio in D minor, BWV 583 00:05:32 1.50 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas

Disc 2

1. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564: I. Toccata 00:05:55 1.50 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
2. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564: II. Adagio 00:04:35 1.50 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
3. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564: III. Fugue 00:05:03 1.50 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
4. Trio Sonata No. 4 in E minor, BWV 528: I. Adagio – Vivace 00:03:10 1.50 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
5. Trio Sonata No. 4 in E minor, BWV 528: II. Andante 00:05:48 1.50 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
6. Trio Sonata No. 4 in E minor, BWV 528: III. Un poc' allegro 00:02:46 1.50 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
7. Trio Sonata No. 5 in C major, BWV 529: I. Allegro 00:05:14 1.50 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
8. Trio Sonata No. 5 in C major, BWV 529: II. Largo 00:06:04 1.50 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
9. Trio Sonata No. 5 in C major, BWV 529: III. Allegro 00:04:04 1.50 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
10. Trio Sonata No. 6 in G major, BWV 530: I. Vivace 00:04:12 1.50 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
11. Trio Sonata No. 6 in G major, BWV 530: II. Lente 00:08:15 1.80 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
12. Trio Sonata No. 6 in G major, BWV 530: III. Allegro 00:03:55 1.50 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas
13. Canzona in D minor, BWV 588 00:07:12 1.80 USD
Main artist Kåre Nordstoga
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers Kåre Nordstoga
Producers Vegard Landaas