Greg’s performance of Bach’s complete organ works

…in a series of 28 concerts, October 2017 – July 2018.

Johann Sebastian Bach was known in his own lifetime less as a composer and more as the greatest organ virtuoso of the age. So his works for the instrument form the very core of his musical personality, combining as they do dazzling virtuosity with a love of the Lutheran chorale.  Greg Morris performed the repertoire in its entirety in a series of 28 concerts, based at the Temple Church but taking in many of London’s iconic ecclesiastical buildings as well.  Each programme had two strands: the chorale-based works were performed in a liturgical cycle, reflecting the rhythm of the Lutheran calendar; the freely-composed works were presented in roughly chronological order, tracing Bach’s development from the youthful exuberance of the early works to the controlled power and drama of his mature masterpieces. Both strands were brought together in the final concert, a complete performance of Clavierübung III, published by the composer as a summation of his art for his own instrument.

Recordings of certain pieces are now available to listen too – please click on the title below for the link.

October


Weds 4th, 13.15, Temple Church
Prelude in G BWV 568, chorale preludes on Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, Prelude in E BWV 566,

Wed 18th, 13.15 Temple Church
Prelude in A minor BWV 569,
ALLABREVE BWV 589,

CHORALE PARTITA ON O GOTT, DU FROMMER GOTT BWV 767,
Fugue in G minor BWV 578

O 24th, 13.00 St Lawrence Jewry
Prelude & Fugue in F minor BWV 534,
FUGUE ON A THEME OF CORELLI BWV 579
Chorale preludes on Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr,
“Dorian” Toccata & Fugue

November


Weds 1st, 13.15, Temple Church
A celebration of the Reformation: Nun danket alle Gott, Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, Trio on Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend, Prelude & Fugue in C BWV 531, Pièce d’orgue

Sun 12th, 16.45, Westminster Cathedral
Herr Gott, dich loben wir BWV 725, chorale preludes from the Neumeister collection, Prelude, Trio and Fugue in C BWV 545/529ii

Weds 15th, 13.15, Temple Church
Arrangements of works by Ernst, Legrenzi, Couperin and Vivaldi

Weds 29th, 13.15, Temple Church
Prelude and Fugue in E minor BWV 533, chorale preludes on Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland, Passacaglia

December


Weds 6th, 13.05, St Matthew’s, Westminster
Fantasia in B minor BWV 563, Canzona, Advent chorale preludes, Concerto in A minor after Vivaldi

Weds 13th, 13.00, Temple Church
Toccata in C BWV 564,
Pastorale,
Christmas chorale preludes,
CANONIC VARIATIONS ON VON HIMMEL HOCH, DA KOMM’ ICH HER

January


Mon 8th, 13.00, St Martin-in-the Fields
Prelude and Fugue in D BWV 532, Trio Sonata no. 1, Christmas and New Year chorale preludes

Sat 13th, 17.00, Swiss Church
Trio Sonata no. 2, Christmas chorale preludes, Concerto in C after Vivaldi

Weds 17th, 13.15 Temple Church
Prelude & Fugue in A BWV 536, Epiphany chorale preludes, Prelude & Fugue in C BWV 545

Weds 31st, 13.15, Temple Church
Prelude & Fugue in G BWV 550, chorale preludes for Candlemas, Prelude & Fugue in A minor BWV 543

February


Weds 14th, 13.15, Temple Church
Prelude & Fugue in G BWV 550, chorale preludes for Ash Wednesday, Prelude & Fugue in A minor BWV 543

Tues 20th, 13.10, St George’s Hanover Square
Trio Sonatas no. 3 & 4, Lenten chorale preludes, Fantasia & Fugue in C minor BWV 537

Weds 28th, 13.15, Temple Church
Fugue in c, chorale preludes, Prelude & Fugue in D minor BWV 539

March


Sun 4th, 16.00, Marylebone Parish Church
Prelude & Fugue in C minor BWV 549, chorale preludes for communion, Fantasia & Fugue in G minor BWV 542

Weds 21st, 13.15, Temple Church
Prelude and Fugue in G minor BWV 535
O LAMM GOTTES UNSCHULDIG BWV 618
Christe, du Lamm Gottes  BWV 619
Christus, der uns selig macht BWV 620
Da Jesus an dem Kreuze stund’ BWV 621
O Mensch, bewein dein Sünder groß BWV 622
Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 623
Hilf Gott, dass mir’s gelinge BWV 624
Fantasia & Fugue in C minor BWV 537

Weds 28th, 13.15, Temple Church
Chorale Partita on Sei gegrüsset, Prelude & Fugue in E minor BWV 548

April


Weds 18th, 13.15, Temple Church
Easter chorale preludes, Trio Sonata no. 5

Sun 29th, 17.45, Westminster Abbey
der du bist der helle Tag, Prelude & Fugue in G BWV 541

May


Sun 6th, 16.45, St Paul’s Cathedral
Prelude & Fugue in C minor BWV 546, Herr Gott dich loben wir, Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV 565

Weds 9th, 13.15, Temple Church
Chorale preludes for Easter and funerals, Prelude & Fugue in B minor BWV 544

Weds 23rd, 13.15, Temple Church
Chorale preludes and fantasias for Pentecost

June


Mon 4th, 13.15, Southwark Cathedral
Gigue Fugue, Schübler chorale preludes, Prelude & Fugue in C BWV 547

Weds 13th, 13.15, Temple Church
Chorale preludes on Wie schön lecuhtet & Wir glauben all’an einen Gott, Fantasia & Fugue in G minor BWV 542

Weds 27th, 13.15, Temple Church
Trio Sonata no. 6, Ich ruf’ zu dir, Toccata & Fugue in F BWV 540

July


Thurs 5th, 18.30, Temple Church
Clavierübing III, with chorales sung by soprano Grace Davidson

“ST ANNE” PRELUDE AND FUGUE IN E FLAT MAJOR BWV 552

KYRIE, GOTT VATER IN EWIGKEIT BWV 669
CHRISTE, ALLER WELT TROST BWV 670
KYRIE, GOTT HEILIGER GEIST BWV 671

KYRIE, GOTT VATER IN EWIGKEIT BWV 672
CHRISTE, ALLER WELT TROST BWV 673
KYRIE, GOTT HEILIGER GEIST BWV 674

ALLEIN GOTT IN DER HÖH’ SEI ‘EHR BWV 675, 676, 677

DIES SIND DIE HEILGEN ZEHN GEBOT BWV 678 & 679

WIR GLAUBEN ALL AN EINEN GOTT BWV 680 & 681

VATER UNSER IM HIMMELREICH BWV 682 & 683

CHRIST UNSER HERR ZUM JORDAN KAM BWV 684 & 685

AUS TIEFER NOT SCHREI ICH ZU DIR BWV 686 & 687