Letting the organ speak: that is the declared aim of the organist and harpsichordist Peter Kofler. His Bach interpretations instantly make any notion of a highly complex, rigid organ “machine” recede into the background. That is because his complete recording of all Johann Sebastian Bach's organ works, which he commenced in 2017, focuses on Baroque rhetoric, the proverbial message between the lines. It is also for this reason that Kofler always looks for new combinations of sound for each work, coaxing distinctive nuances of colour from the imposing four-manual organ in the Jesuit Church of St Michael in Munich. Even the selection of pieces on each CD is made on the basis of their inherent content and character rather than external categories: key relationships and the interplay of monumentality, delicate polyphony and rhetorical lyricism determine the musical itinerary and invite listeners to participate in a new Bach experience.


And all this is underpinned by superb recording techniques and a wonderfully sonorous church acoustic. This organ production uses the high-resolution Dolby Atmos technology for the first time. It allows the church interior to be authentically reflected not only in its horizontal dimensions but also in its vertical acoustics, its height. Even conventional stereo CDs benefit from this recording technique, which provides the listener with a fascinating transparency and spatial resolution.
Various high-resolution multichannel formats are offered for download at the website

Streaming in Dolby Atmos at TIDAL and Amazon Music HD from January 2022.

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Press reviews

For the CD box "Opus Bach", Peter Kofler was awarded the "Editor's Choice" from the well-known music magazine "Gramophone".

Süddeutsche Zeitung
Musik Tipp! … Kofler spielt nicht nur technisch untadelig, sondern beweist auch in Registrierung und musikalischer Deutung feines Gesprür und klare, stilsichere Vorstellungen. Keine chronologische Einspielung ist dies und auch keine auf einer historischen Orgel, sondern eine, die auf der fantastischen Rieger-Orgel Präludien und Fugen, Fantasien und Choralvorspiele aus verschiedenen Schaffensepochen mischt, als ob jede CD ein Konzert von heute wäre. …
KLK, 04.10.19

… Nicht nur ein besonderes, neues technisches Aufnahmeverfahren macht „Opus Bach“ hörenswert, vor allem ist es die sichere, sehr differenzierte Interpretation von Peter Kofler.
Daniela Knaller
… There is so much here to admire that I will just single out some of my particular highlights. … I have nothing but high praise for this release, and enthusiastically look forward to the next instalment. This is an auspicious start to what promises to be a compelling cycle.
Stephen Greenbank, Nov 2019
… Kofler’s focused, precise playing is admirable, combining so effectively with his registration choices. …
Michael Cookson, Dec 2019

Crescendo: ...Koflers in vielen Details sehr differenzierte Interpretationen sind durchdacht, stringent, aus einem Guss....

Badische Zeitung: ...Bei den späten Canonischen Veränderungen über "Vom Himmel hoch" verbinden sich Klang, Konstruktivismus und Klarheit....