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Agnus Dei from Hohe Messe (BWV 232)

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Uploaded by: ajongbloed (04/13/22)
Composer: Bach, J. S.
Sample Producer: Sonus Paradisi
Sample Set: Zutphen, Walburgiskerk
Software: Hauptwerk VII
Genre: Baroque
A few weeks ago I uploaded a recording of the transcription I made of the Agnus Dei from Bach's Hohe Messe, BWV 232 (see here:

I wasn't entirely satisfied by this performance. The organ model I played it on, wasn't perhaps the best possible choice for the work, the registration didn't sound as good as I hoped it would, but most and for all, I thought I played it too fast.

So I decided to record it again, on another organ model and play it more slowly.

That turned out to be quite difficult to do. As counter intuitive as it may sound: playing slowly is difficult. I had a hard time keeping the pace steady and to prevent myself from slipping back in the faster tempo of the first video. I made several recordings and none of them were to my liking.

I had to resort to playing with a metronome. My old metronome doesn't work any more, but that isn't a problem. The are a lot of apps available that turn a smart phone into a metronome. And with my phone loudly ticking I played the Agnus Dei again and again, until I was more or less sure I would not again slip back into the tempo of the first recording.

So, here it is. I like this one better than the first recording. I hope you do too.

The recording was done with the Hauptwerk software and the sampleset, made by Sonus Paradisi, of the Bader organ in the Walburgiskerk, Zutphen (

Score available here:
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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