Genre(s):
Concerto; Instrumental
Period(s):
20th Century; Baroque (1600-1750)
Label:
Orfeo
Catalogue No:
MP1801
Barcode:
4001790180114
Release Date:
01/2019
Available Format(s):
CD

J.S. Bach: Solo Piano Music

Today, there is no doubt that Johann Sebastian Bach took Baroque music to its sublime zenith. That was not always clear to his contemporaries. They regarded Bach’s demanding fugues as approaching theoretical music: highly elaborate, but on the border of unplayability. Just how much Bach was ahead of his time can be gauged by the fact his ‘piano’ music (in the Baroque period, all keyboard instruments were termed ‘clavier’) engaged the greatest among his successors: Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy and Shostakovich. All of them (and many others) dealt with Bach’s music in some of their most significant compositions, the preludes and fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier here forming the pivotal point. Up to today, Bach’s music for keyboard instruments has proven to be an inexhaustible source of musical abundance, but it is still open to the most differing interpretational approaches.
Four pianists perform Bach on this album. They stand for different periods in interpretational history, beginning with the ‘New Objectivity’ of Carl Seeman, born in 1910, up to the highly virtuoso art of Konstantin Lifschitz, born in 1976 and also taught by Alfred Brendel. The four personalities of the pianists on this album merge with Bach’s music, giving a notion of why it is accorded universal magnitude.


Concerto in the Italian Style in F Major, BWV 971, "Italian Concerto"
 
1.     I. [Allegro]
03:59
 
2.     II. Andante
05:11
 
3.     III. Presto
03:38
3-Part Inventions (Sinfonias), BWV 787-801
 
4.     Sinfonia No. 1 in C Major, BWV 787
01:06
 
5.     Sinfonia No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 788
02:15
 
6.     Sinfonia No. 3 in D Major, BWV 789
01:13
 
7.     Sinfonia No. 4 in D Minor, BWV 790
02:19
 
8.     Sinfonia No. 5 in E-Flat Major, BWV 791
02:15
 
9.     Sinfonia No. 6 in E Major, BWV 792
01:04
 
10.     Sinfonia No. 7 in E Minor, BWV 793
02:22
 
11.     Sinfonia No. 8 in F Major, BWV 794
01:11
 
12.     Sinfonia No. 9 in F Minor, BWV 795
03:40
 
13.     Sinfonia No. 10 in G Major, BWV 796
00:56
 
14.     Sinfonia No. 11 in G Minor, BWV 797
01:54
 
15.     Sinfonia No. 12 in A Major, BWV 798
01:24
 
16.     Sinfonia No. 13 in A Minor, BWV 799
02:09
 
17.     Sinfonia No. 14 in B-Flat Major, BWV 800
01:11
 
18.     Sinfonia No. 15 in B Minor, BWV 801
01:48
Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825
 
19.     I. Prelude
01:41
 
20.     II. Allemande
03:08
 
21.     III. Corrente
02:42
 
22.     IV. Sarabande
04:14
 
23.     V. Menuet I-II
01:17
 
24.     VI. Gigue
02:07
Prelude and Fugue in E-Flat Major, BWV 552, "St. Anne"
 
25.     Prelude
08:12
 
26.     Fugue a 5
06:19

Disc 2

Toccata in E Minor, BWV 914
 
1.     Toccata in E Minor, BWV 914
06:48
French Suite No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 813
 
2.     I. Allemande
02:58
 
3.     II. Courante
01:37
 
4.     III. Sarabande
03:31
 
5.     IV. Air
01:28
 
6.     V. Menuet
01:24
 
7.     VI. Gigue
01:59
Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828
 
8.     I. Ouvertüre
05:24
 
9.     II. Allemande
07:09
 
10.     III. Courante
02:53
 
11.     IV. Aria
03:04
 
12.     V. Sarabande
03:54
 
13.     VI. Menuet
01:25
 
14.     VII. Gigue
03:29
Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: V. Chaconne (arr. F. Busoni for piano)
 
15.     Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: V. Chaconne (arr. F. Busoni for piano)
14:10

Total Playing Time: 02:10:28