This is acclaimed organist, composer, and recording artist Hans-Andre Stamm performing at the historic, world famous Trost organ of the Evangelical Lutheran City Church (Stadtkirche) of Waltershausen, Germany. This Trost organ is a period instrument
that J.S. Bach knew and likely played which has been kept in original and fully playable condition. It's the largest mechanical action organ in Thuringia, the region of central Germany where Bach was born, lived, and worked.
The listener will
note the excellent camera work in this video, that no registration changes were made in this recording from start to finish, that the sound was varied only by changing manuals, that the German chorus reed stops of Bach's time did not dominate the full ensemble,
that the 32-foot reed (Posaune) is tame and drawn in the Pedal the entire time, the tempos were very brisk but never too fast, and that a mixture of all 5 types of touch (including thumbs on the black keys at times) were employed here in a fine, stylistic
performance of this famous work [See blog, Bach d minor, Part I].
This is about as close as modern ears will get to hearing J.S. Bach himself performing this work for the audiences of his day. We offer our sincerest thanks to Mr. Stamm for recording
and posting this instructive video for public viewing.