JS Bach: Preludes & Fugues

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JS Bach: Preludes & Fugues

Label:

Naive

Catalogue No:

OP30564

Discs:

1

Release date:

2nd Oct 2015

Barcode:

0709861305643

Length:

70 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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JS Bach: Preludes & Fugues


Bach, J S:

Präludium, BWV933

Fugue in C major, BWV952

Prelude & Fughetta in G major, BWV902

Prelude in D minor, BWV935

Fugue in D minor, BWV948

Prelude, BWV901

Fugue in F, BWV902

Prelude & Fugue Book 2 No. 1 in C major, BWV870a

Prelude in C minor, BWV999

Fughetta in C minor, BWV961

Prelude in C major, BWV924

Fugue in C major, BWV946

Prelude & Fugue in A minor, BWV895

Prelude in C major, BWV943

Fugue in C major, BWV953

Prelude & Fughetta in E minor, BWV900

Prelude in A minor, BWV942

Fugue in A minor, BWV947

Prelude in D minor, BWV926

Fugue in D minor, BWV899

Prelude & Fughetta in G major, BWV902: Prelude

Prelude in E minor, BWV938

Fugue in E Minor, BWV956

Prelude in B Minor BWV923

Fugue in B minor on a theme by Albinoni, BWV951


Rinaldo Alessandrini (harpsichord)

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For his first solo harpsichord recording in five years, Rinaldo Alessandrini has selected a very personal selection of preludes and fugues by Johann Sebastian Bach. These short works are not part of 'The Well-Tempered Clavier' and the Roman maestro Alessandrini has connected them by key and by their spirit in order to build a unique recital shedding new light on Bach’s music.

Rinaldo Alessandrini, harpsichordist, fortepianist and organist, in addition to his role as founder-director of Concerto Italiano, has been a presence on the early music scene for some 20 years now. His discography includes not only Italian music, but also composers of the German school. It has garnered the highest critical plaudits, including two Grands Prix du Disque, three Deutsche Schallplattenpreise, and as of 2015 five Gramophone Awards, all for discs with Concerto Italiano. He now records exclusively for Naïve.

“This recording seeks to offer a coherent collection of compositions, unheard of at the time, that differ in both style and period: isolated preludes, brought together in small didactic collections with equally-isolated fugues, that were composed without the introduction that usually preceded them. Much, but not all, of this music dates back to Köthen. It takes us on a journey through different collections: the Clavierbüchlein for Wilhelm Friedmann; the Menpell-Preller manuscript dating 1730-1740 and having belonged to Johann Nikolaus Mempell, a student of Bach; the various ‘Kellner manuscripts’. We have coupled ‘preludes and fugues’ according to their tonality and assembled them using contrasting criteria.” Rinaldo Alessandrini

Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 Little Preludes, BWV 933-938

6 Little Preludes, BWV 933-938: Prelude No. 1 in C Major, BWV 933

Johann Sebastian Bach: Fugue in C Major, BWV 952

Fugue in C Major, BWV 952

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fughetta in G Major, BWV 902

Prelude

Fughetta

6 Little Preludes, BWV 933-938

6 Little Preludes, BWV 933-938: Prelude No. 3 in D Minor, BWV 935

Johann Sebastian Bach: Fugue in D Minor, BWV 948

Fugue in D Minor, BWV 948

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in F Major, BWV 901

Prelude

Fugue

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II

Prelude No. 1 in C Major, BWV 870a

Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV 870a

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude in C Minor, BWV 999

Prelude in C Minor, BWV 999

Johann Sebastian Bach: Fugue in C Minor, BWV 961

Fugue in C Minor, BWV 961

Johann Sebastian Bach: 9 Little Preludes

Prelude in C Major, BWV 924

Johann Sebastian Bach: Fugue in C Major, BWV 946

Fugue in C Major, BWV 946

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 895

Prelude

Fugue

Johann Sebastian Bach: 5 Little Preludes

5 Little Preludes, BWV 939-943: Prelude No. 5 in C Major, BWV 943

Johann Sebastian Bach: Fugue in C Major, BWV 953

Fugue in C Major, BWV 953

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fughetta in E Minor, BWV 900

Prelude

Fughetta

5 Little Preludes

5 Little Preludes, BWV 939-943: Prelude No. 4 in A Minor, BWV 942

Johann Sebastian Bach: Fugue in A Minor, BWV 947

Fugue in A Minor, BWV 947

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude in D Minor, BWV 926

Prelude in D Minor, BWV 926

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fughetta in D Minor, BWV 899

Prelude and Fughetta in D Minor, BWV 899: Fughetta

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 902a **

Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 902a: Prelude

Johann Sebastian Bach: Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Gut, BWV 957

Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Gut, BWV 957

6 Little Preludes, BWV 933-938

6 Little Preludes, BWV 933-938: Prelude No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 938

Johann Sebastian Bach: Fugue in E Minor, BWV 956

Fugue in E Minor, BWV 956

Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude in B Minor, BWV 923

Prelude in B Minor, BWV 923

Johann Sebastian Bach: Fugue in B Minor on a theme by Albinoni, BWV 951

Fugue in B Minor on a theme by Albinoni, BWV 951

Gramophone Magazine

November 2015

“A thoughtful volume of Bach vignettes, sensitively mined and performed with devotion”

BBC Music Magazine

Christmas 2015

*****

“Throughout, an unimpeachable suavity and debonair breeziness informs Alessandrini’s playing which is unfailingly sensitive to Bach’s ‘direction of travel’, be it ‘galant’, learned or songful.”

BBC Radio 3

21st November 2015

“the spaciousness in his playing, as you also hear in his orchestral conducting is really well shown off … it has all those beautiful broken chords that are just very simply charting this harmonic patter that’s completely unpredicatable but under his fingers it becomes really joyously inevitable”

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