Bart Jacobs organ – Les Muffatti


Concerto in D minor for Organ and Strings (after BWV 146, BWV 188 and BWV 1052) Johann Sebastian Bach
Präludium und Fuge, BWV 541 Johann Sebastian Bach
Sinfonia (Kantate "Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe", BWV 156) Johann Sebastian Bach
Sinfonia (Kantate "Die Elenden sollen essen", BWV 75) Johann Sebastian Bach
Sinfonia (Kantate “Wir danken dir Gott, wir danken dir”, BWV 29) Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto in G minor for Organ and Strings (after BWV 1041 and BWV 1058) Johann Sebastian Bach

In all likelihood, Bach never actually composed a Concerto for Organ and Strings. Nevertheless, in 1725 Bach played a concert on the Silbermann organ in the Sophienkirche in Dresden. If we are to believe a newspaper article, the German grandmaster apparently played ‘various concertos with sweet, underlying instrumental music’. The exact music that Bach played is not known, but it’s quite possible that he combined several sinfonias. Bach wrote eighteen cantatas in which he deployed the organ as a solo instrument in the sinfonias. Bart Jacobs, titular organist at the cathedral in Brussels, took up the challenge of reconstructing virtuoso organ concertos using these sinfonias. The CD was warmly received and won national and international accolades, including the Diapason d'Or de L'année 2019 and the Klara Award for the Best Belgian CD 2019.