Johann Sebastian Bach Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542
Johann Sebastian Bach trans. by Maurice Duruflé Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe from Mortifie-nous par ton bonté, BWV 22
Johannes Brahms Prelude in G minor
Robert Schumann Fugue on BACH, Op. 60 No. 2
Johann Sebastian Bach trans. by Maurice Duruflé Réjouis-toi mon ame from Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147
Franz Liszt Fantasia and Fugue on BACH
Ben Horden organ
Mendelssohn declared that Bach was “in no respect inferior to any other master, and in many respects superior to all”. The reception of Bach’s music during the nineteenth century, referred to as the ‘Bach revival’, saw a fresh enthusiasm for his work by musicians and composers from St Petersburg to New York. Bach himself initiated the practice of using his name as a theme in music, in The Art of the Fugue. Many other composers have since followed suit in paying musical homage to the master. Liszt's own massive and symphonically inspired German tour de force must surely be one of the crowning achievements and certainly one of the most popular and closes the programme in celebratory splendour.