- Georgenkirche, Rötha (Organ by Gottfried Silbermann, 1721)
- Marienkirche, Rötha (Organ by Gottfried Silbermann, 1724)
- Jacobikirche, Sangerhausen (Organ by Zacharias Hildebrandt, 1728)
- Stadtkirche, Waltershausen (Organ by Tobias Heinrich Gottfried Trost, 1730)
Daniel Moult and Martin Schmeding give richly detailed presentations about the nature, history and performance practice of a broad selection of Bach’s organ works, and then perform the pieces themselves on four individual but complementary central German organs – two Silbermanns in Rötha, the big Trost in Waltershausen and the Hildebrandt in Sangerhausen.
The DVD-CD boxset includes an extraordinary seven-part documentary stretching over three and a half hours, in which Moult and Schmeding discuss an enormous range of expressive attributes and techniques relevant to Bach’s music, as well as its cultural and theological background. Christine Blanken of the Bach Archiv Leipzig examines and elucidates relevant manuscripts.
This is rounded out by a chronological survey of two and a half hours of Bach’s music performed on film and on CD, recorded to the highest quality in stereo and surround. The music is drawn from a large range of Bach’s compositions to provide the largest possible canvas and to show the enormous range of Bach’s work.
This project will provide an exceptional introduction and overview for anyone with any interest in Bach, the organ or classical music in general.