J. S. Bach – Organ Concert in St. Thomas Church, Leipzig / Ullrich Bohme

J. S. Bach – Organ Concert in St. Thomas Church, Leipzig / Ullrich Bohme

Even amongst the many churches of Europe, St. Thomas in Leipzig, Germany is special; not only has it housed a world famous boys choir but has been the site of considerable music creativity. Composers such as Mendelssohn and Mozart have performed there and Wagner was baptized there, but certainly the greatest works ever done there are the compositions of J.S. Bach. The organ featured in this recital by Mr. Böhme is a restoration of the Sauer organ which was first built in 1889 by Wilhelm Sauer. The restoration was begun in 1988 by Christian Scheffler, who reconstructed original mixtures and some of the other altered stops. Plans have been made to restore the organ to its 1908 disposition. The program Mr. Böhme has chosen includes some of Bach’s Organ Chorales, Prelude and Fuge in A minor and “Jesu, bleibet meine Freude” and several other of Bach’s familiar and not so familiar compositions. This church and organ are important pieces of European culture both musically and historically.

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