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Johann Pachelbel

Régis Rousseau
à l'orgue Wolff de l'église St. John the Evangelist, Montréal

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Pachelbel's name is well known amongst music lovers, thanks to a large extent by the popularity of one of his chamber works - the famous Canon.   Apart from his compositions he is only really known through the various appointments he held during his life and by the glowing reports of his contemporaries.   No autograph manuscript, portrait or even description of him has survived to give us more of an idea of the man he was.

It is thus interesting to observe that in his day Pachelbel was primarily recognised for his skills as an organist and that he was one of the first masters of the organ school of central Germany which also includes J.S. Bach.   Like his illustrious successor, Johann Pachelbel held several posts within a relatively small area.

Régis Rousseau
translation by Philip Crozier

[  1.] Toccata en fa majeur / in F major     2:34

[  2.] Chaconne en fa mineur / in F minor     8:53

        Trois ricercare / Three ricercare:
[  3.] en fa dièse mineur / in F sharp minor     3:37
[  4.] en do majeur / in C major     4:11
[  3.] en do mineur / in C minor     4:54

[  5.] Partita sur le choral / Chorale partita     7:37
        Christus, der ist mein Leben
        Christ, toi qui es ma vie
        Christ, you are my life

[  6.] Prélude en ré mineur / in D minor     4:54

        Chorals / Chorale preludes:
[  7.] Nun lob mein' Seel' den Herren     2:36
        Mon âme loue maintenant le Seigneur
        My soul now praises the Lord

[  8.] Auf meinen lieben Gott     2:44
        Je me fie en mon Dieu
        In God, my faithful God

[  9.] Ach Gott vom Himmel, sieh darein     5:44
        Ah! Dieu du ciel, jette un regard vers nous
        Ah God, from heaven look down and see
[11.] Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund     2:39
        Lorsque Jésus était sur la croix
        When on the Cross the Saviour hung

[12.] Was mein Gott will, das gescheh' allzeit     1:27
        Ce que mon Dieu veut, toujours s'accomplit
        The will of my God is always fulfilled

[13.] Es spricht der Unweisen Mund wohl     1:45
        De la bouche des humbles vient la vérité
        Truth comes from the mouth of the humble

[14.] Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ     2:12
        À toi seul, Seigneur Jésus Christ
        To you alone, Lord Jesus Christ

[15.] Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ / Alio modo     1:45

[16.] Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her     1:39
        Du haut du ciel, je viens ici
        From heaven above to earth I come

[17.] Wir glauben all' an einen Gott     4:03
        Nous croyons tous en un seul Dieu
        We all believe in one true God

[18.] Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott     4:56
        C'est une forteresse que notre Dieu
        A mighty fortress is our God

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