HAVPCD154 – J. S. Bach and Aristide Cavaillé-Coll The Cavaille-Coll Organ, Saint Michael’s Abbey, Farnborough
Following his death in 1750, Bach’s music sank into oblivion for many years. Nevertheless and, as it were, behind the scenes, Bach continued to live. His son, Carl Philipp Emmanuel, was organ master to Johann Forkel who, in his turn, taught Johann Rinck. Rinck’s most famed pupil was Adolf Hesse, and it was Hesse who taught the Belgian organist Nicolas-Jacques Lemmens. All these organists guarded jealously what they regarded to be an authentic performance tradition. Cavaillé-Coll, in the course of his widespread travelling, heard Lemmens play on many occasions, and as a result, in 1852, arranged for him to perform publicly, before a highly distinguished audience, upon the new organ which he had installed in the Church of St-Vincent-de-Paul in Paris. Upon Cavaillé-Coll himself the playing of Lemmens and his interpretation of the works of Bach produced a profound impression.