Wow! Want a majestic piece! It sounds like it's hard to play too. I think this one is one of your best. Excellent!
Thanks ! One has to marvel at how Bach pitches a whole sinfonia against the relatively bland chorale tune. Nowhere is he more ingenious and majestic (what a unique combination, btw...) then in his organ chorales. This one's not especially hard (though I found it hard back then), it calls for manual dexterity but the pedal part is undemanding. In fact when I sat down to re-record yesterday, I had not played the piece since I last recorded it (which was actually in 2005). Needed some 2 hours, and 3 cuts, to get it right.
I can't say I have listened to the original, but this recording has a lot of swing and energy, I enjoyed hearing it. And regarding your joke, I think I can relate. For me, I guess it's not bad when my mother is impressed about my playing, but maybe her complimenting me is a minimum and I hope others have good things to say and not just my mom!
Yeah, swing and energy, that is what Bach is all about
For fun, here is the old recording.Bach - BWV 736 - Chorale Prelude - Valet will ich Dir geben (5:05) (old 2005 version)
Ach, that was seriously bad... and I was so proud of it
The crummy organ did not help of course.