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Gillian Weir plays Bach
at St Thomas's, Leipzig -
appreciated by

'... skilfully explored ...'

Organ Master Series - Volume Four - Gillian Weir. © 2004 Priory Records Ltd

My sole visit to Leipzig took place four years ago from Chemnitz, at leisurely pace along a single-track railway, of which the companion line was said to have been moved to Russia. Leaving what is rumoured to be the largest station in Europe, I made straight for the Thomas Church. I did not know that Bach's remains had been transferred to the chancel of the church, and his memorial stone moved me to the depths. In the north gallery I saw the new organ now so skilfully explored by Gillian Weir. It is sad to read in the obituary by C P E Bach and Agricola that Bach 'never enjoyed the good fortune, as he used to point out frequently with regret, of having a really large and really beautiful organ at his constant disposal'.

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Copyright © 20 April 2005 Robert Anderson, London UK


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