Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541 [The Great Organs at First Church - Bach 333]

Christoph Bull

One of Johann Sebastian Bach's most joyful and exuberant organ pieces, recorded here to celebrate his 333rd birthday.

A note from Christoph:

Johann Sebastian Bach was into numbers and often incorporated numerology into his music. The number 3 is of special importance since it symbolizes the Holy Trinity (Father-Mother, Son, Holy Spirit).

When I realized that the 333rd anniversary of Bach's birth was coming up in 2018, I decided to record a number of Bach's organ compositions to celebrate the occasion. For the first one - released on his birthday on March 21 - I chose one of his most exuberant, the Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541. I recorded it on The Great Organs at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles where I've been organist-in-residence since 2013.

The instrument at First Church is one of the largest in the world and provides music lovers who attend events there with a surround sound experience, as pipes are located in the Chancel, West Gallery, North and South balconies of the church.

The recording and balancing engineer for this single was Marc Doten, and we recorded the Prelude and Fugue in G Major - 333rd Birthday Edition - on Wednesday, March 7, 2018.

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