BACH: The Great Eighteen Chorales

CD cover Renee Anne Louprette performs Bach Chorales on Acis

Renée Anne Louprette

Metzler (1976)
Trinity College, Cambridge

2014 Critics’ Choice, New York Times — “…the music rewards deep immersion, and the performances by Renée Anne Louprette, one of New York’s finest organists, invite it.”

“…I am struck, as in recent years, by how much the small independent labels, including new ones, have been breaking through with exciting recordings.”

BACH: The Great Eighteen Chorales

Disc: 11. Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, BWV 651
2. Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott, BWV 652
3. An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653
4. Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654
5. Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, BWV 655
6. O Lamm Gottes unschuldig, BWV 656
7. Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 657
8. Von Gott will ich nicht lassen, BWV 658

Disc: 21. Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
2. Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 660
3. Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 661
4. Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 662
5. Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 663
6. Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 664
7. Jesu Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 665
8. Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 666
9. Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, BWV 667
10. Vor deinen Thron tret ich hiermit, BWV 668a


“The 1976 Metzler instrument of three manuals, 42 ranks, on which this disc is recorded, sounds magnificent in the warm, resonant acoustic of Trinity College Chapel and was designed and built around the original case and seven ranks of seventeenth-century Father Smith pipework. The reeds are fiery and thrilling, the Cornet full and rich, the principal choruses sonorous and grand, and the flutes delicate and subtle. The mixtures are a touch on the aggressive side, but they combine beautifully with the pedal reeds for a thrilling and commanding plenum. It is certainly one of the best examples of Metzler’s work in the UK…Louprette’s performances here are excellent—technically assured, highly articulate, and musical, demonstrating much of the instrument’s tonal palette and a great sensitivity to the chosen music, which is some of the most mature and intricate Bach organ writing. It is quite easy to see from this disc why she is regarded as one of New York City’s most compelling performers. Perhaps this will become the first disc in a series of complete Bach recordings…
JAMES M. REED, The Diapason, June 2017

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