EastWest Organists present Bach’s Orgelbüchlein

Author: SMND

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Professor Kola Owolabi joins the nine other members of EastWest Organists in recording the 45 chorales of J. S. Bach's Orgelbüchlein, each with a spoken introduction. This project features 10 distinguished pipe organs in churches and concert halls across the United States, including instruments by Fritts, Mander, Holtkamp, Kilgen, Von Beckerath, Pasi, Andover, Flentrop and Möller.

Professor Owolabi contributes four pieces on the 2-manual, 34-stop Paul Fritts organ in the Reyes Organ and Choral Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame:
Gott, durch deine Güte, BWV 600
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 604
Von Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, BWV 606
Mit fried und freud ich fahr dahin, BWV 616 

The organs of Paul Fritts are inspired by North German and Dutch instruments of the 17th and 18th century.  Fritts is known for his exquisite voicing of each pipe, which gives his instruments their distinctively beautiful sound, ideal for the organ works of J. S. Bach.