1995 Noack organ at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, TX
1995 Noack organ at Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, TX
Photo–Richard Rasch

The Pachelbel Players #0334

His name is nearly ubiquitous because of a strangely beguiling piece of chamber music. This week, we’ll leave that piece alone and explore more of the music by the late 17th century master Johann Pachelbel. First in Eisenach, then in Erfurt, Pachelbel maintained friendly ties to the Bach family, and was the principal teacher of Johann Christoph Bach, who in turn used Pachelbel’s music as ideal example when teaching his orphaned younger brother, Johann Sebastian. Barbara Harbach, Antoine Bouchard, Joseph Payne, Wolfgang Rübsam, Marilyn Mason and Olivier Vernet explore the many nuances inherent in these variations sets, fugues, toccatas and fantasias, and reinvigorate these pages from centuries ago. Tune in for the Pachelbel Players.

JOHANN PACHELBEL: 4 Pieces: Toccata in F; Chorale, O Lamm Gottes unschuldig; Chaconne in f; Chorale, Wie schön leuchtet der MorgensternOlivier Vernet (1999 Remy Mahler/Église Saint Etienne de Baigorry, France) Ligia Digital 0104117

JOHANN PACHELBEL: Magnificat Quarti Toni, versets –Irvin West, tenor; Marilyn Mason (1985 C.B. Fisk/Moore Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI) MHS CD-513925

JOHANN PACHELBEL: Praeludium in d; Chorale, Gott der Vater wohn uns bei; Fugue in D –Wolfgang Rübsam (1787 Holzhey/Weißenau Abbey, Germany) Naxos 8.554380

JOHANN PACHELBEL: Toccata in C; Chorale, Nun lob, mein’ Seel’, den Herren; Fugue in C –Joseph Payne (1995 Noack/Christ the King Lutheran, Houston, TX) Centaur CD-2306

JOHANN PACHELBEL: 2 Chorales, Warum betrübst du dich, mein Herz; Toccata in g –Antoine Bouchard (1964 Casavant Frères/Église Saint-Pascal de Kamouraska, Québec, Canada) Dorian DOR 93206

JOHANN PACHELBEL: Chorale, Ein feste Burg; Chorale, Jesus Christus, unser Heiland; Ciacona in d –Barbara Harbach (1990 C.B. Fisk/Slee Hall, SUNY-Buffalo, Buffalo, NY) Gasparo CD-2001