Bach in the Back Bay

Balint Karosi play Bach at the First Lutheran Church of Boston


Winner of several prestigious international organ competitions including First Prize at the XVI International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany, Bálint Karosi displays his talents with an all Bach program on the beautiful North German style organ by Richards & Fowkes.

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Track Listing

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
  1. Toccata in F Major BWV 540a
  2. Fugue in F Major BWV 540b
  3. Passacaglia in C Minor BWV 582
  4. An Wasserfl üssen Babylon a 5 parti con 2 tastiere e pedale doppio
    (Fünfstimmige Urfassung) BWV 653b
  5. Prelude in C Major BWV 531a
  6. Fugue in C Major BWV 531b
  7. Trio Super: Herr Jesu Christ dich zu uns wend á 2 Claviers et Pédale BWV 655
  8. Fantasy in C Minor BWV 537a
  9. Fugue in C Minor BWV 537b
  10. Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein a 2 Clav. et Ped. BWV 641 1:48
  11. Preludium in Eb Major BWV 552a
  12. Schmücke dich o liebe Seele 7aacute; 2 Claviers et Pédale BWV 654
  13. Fugue in Eb Major BWV 552b


"Karosi's consummate musicianship and deep grasp of Bach's musical style and aesthetic, supported by a brilliantly polished technique, are in strong evidence in these performances of 13 diverse organ works of JSB...Karosi's playing is impeccable. It may be characterized as crystalline and transparent, energized with rhythmic vitality, clarity of phrasing and articulation that are controlled yet projecting a sense of freedom, seasoned with well-placed, discreet agogics and tasteful, stylish ornamentation. The modestly sized instrument [by Richards and Fowkes] is bold and clear, ideally rendering Bach's polyphony and providing ample diversity of color. These are exemplary performances of some of Bach's greatest organ works."
---James Hildreth, TAO October 2016

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