Gillian Weir plays Bach
at St Thomas's, Leipzig -
'... skilfully explored ...'
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'.
Copyright © 20 April 2005
Robert Anderson, London UK