Bach, J S: Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

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The World of George Malcolm

The World of George Malcolm


Bach, J S:

Italian Concerto, BWV971

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

Toccata in D major, BWV912

French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV816

Couperin, F:

Pièces de clavecin III: Ordre 14ème in D major: Le rossignol-en-amour

Pièces de clavecin III: Ordre 14ème in D major: Le Carillon de Cithère

Daquin:

Le Coucou

Malcolm:

Bach Before the Mast

Paradies:

Toccata in A

Rameau:

La poule

Le rappel des oiseaux

Tambourin

Rimsky Korsakov:

Flight of the Bumble Bee

arr. Malcolm

Templeton:

Bach goes to Town


George Malcolm (harpsichord)

There were many worlds in George Malcolm’s (1917–1997) universe – organist, harpsichordist, pianist, composer, choral director and conductor – and this one demonstrates his unique skill as a solo performer who, throughout his career, more than any other individual defined the harpsichord’s identity in England. After World War II Malcolm became the most famous English harpsichordist of his day, with a brilliant technique, superb musicianship and an idiosyncratically modern approach to playing which, for his audiences, came to exemplify the very nature of the instrument itself. In celebration of the centenary of his birth (28 February 1917).

A series of four releases on Decca Eloquence, which includes CD premieres, pays tribute to this fascinating artist on his many recordings for Argo in the 1960s. The items on this collection were all recorded on several different examples of Thomas Goff’s instruments and demonstrate his brilliance as a performer as well as the aesthetic which he and Goff cultivated together. All of the works by Bach included here are taken from a 1961 Decca release (SXL 2259), which made quite an impression when it first appeared, its extraordinary use of frequent registration changes and crescendo/decrescendo effects astonishing even those critics who were used to the ‘Landowska’ style of modern harpsichord playing. In addition to the Bach works that form its core, this anthology demonstrates Malcolm’s approach to French harpsichord music. Malcolm’s art as arranger and composer is also documented here by way of his truly astonishing version of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee, and his own ingenious fugal fantasia on the Sailor’s Hornpipe, Bach before the Mast. Notes are by Peter Watchorn, an Australian-born, US-based harpsichordist, one of whose teachers, Harold Lobb, was also an associate of Malcolm.

“This little disc […] fully deserves to be a best-seller. George Malcolm is in spanking form … The Paradies Toccata […] is dazzling, and would have struck its composer rather as a supersonic jet would have struck Orville Wright … As for the Bumble-bee, this is one of the most coruscatingly brilliant transcriptions ever” Gramophone Magazine, December 1962 (Templeton, Malcolm, Paradies, Daquin, Rimsky-Korsakov)

“[Malcolm’s] obvious musicality, fluent and clean technique, rhythmic control and polished phrasing place him firmly among the world’s leading harpsichordists” Gramophone Magazine, February 1961 (Bach)

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Tatiana Nikolayeva: Prague Recordings

Tatiana Nikolayeva: Prague Recordings


Bach, J S:

Fantasia in C minor, BWV906

French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV816

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

Nikolayeva:

Three Concert Études, Op. 13

Prokofiev:

Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 28

Rachmaninov:

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18

Shostakovich:

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 1 in C major

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 7 in A major

Prelude & Fugue for piano, Op. 87 No. 15 in D flat major


In the case of the pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva (1924-1993), that overused term “child prodigy” is entirely apt. She began playing the instrument at the age of three and started to compose music when she was 12. At the age of 13, she enrolled at the Moscow Conservatory, after graduating from which she intensively devoted to composition. The turning point in her career emerged in 1950; more significant in her career than winning the first edition of the J. S. Bach International Competition in Leipzig was her encounter with Shostakovich, which turned into a lifelong friendship. With her account of Bach’s music, Nikolayeva inspired Shostakovich to compose his 24 Preludes and Fugues, which she was the first to perform. In February 1951, Nikolayeva was invited to Prague to join the Czech Philharmonic and make a recording of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and several Bach pieces.

The other Supraphon recordings (of works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Nikolayeva’s own Concert Etudes) were completed in April 1954. Notwithstanding the small number of Tatiana Nikolayeva’s performances recorded for Supraphon on magnetic tapes, their significance is indispensable indeed, as they represent virtually the oldest preserved testimony to the immense mastery of the legendary pianist, before she was discovered by the whole world.

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Supraphon Archiv - SU42162

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D. Scarlatti: Sonatas

D. Scarlatti: Sonatas


Bach, J S:

Italian Concerto, BWV971

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K146 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K33 in D Major

Keyboard Sonata K24 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K9 in D minor

Keyboard Sonata K544 in B flat major

Keyboard Sonata K505 in F Major

Keyboard Sonata K132 in C major

Keyboard Sonata K169 in G major

Keyboard Sonata K202 in B flat major

Keyboard Sonata K519 in F minor

Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major

Keyboard Sonata K245 in B major

Keyboard Sonata K8 in G minor

Keyboard Sonata K322 in A major

Keyboard Sonata K29 in D major

Keyboard Sonata K125 in G major


George Malcolm (harpsichord)

George Malcolm, who died in 1997, irreverently called the harpsichord the ‘jangle box’, yet he was a master of that instrument, and of several other musical domains as well. Of Scottish ancestry, he was born in London in 1917, and when he was just seven he was admitted to the Royal College of Music. He also excelled at the organ and at the piano (his first keyboard instrument), and as a choral conductor, he served as Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral, beginning in 1947. Pianist András Schiff, who recorded with Malcolm on several occasions, commented that he ‘was a great musician, a Renaissance man, a wonderful human being. He has been influential in the development of choral and instrumental music in Britain and abroad, and l consider myself one of the fortunate recipients of his immense knowledge, broad culture, and excellent taste. He should never be forgotten.’ In 1965 Malcolm was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Although from an earlier age of Baroque performance practice, these recordings have a vividness and freshness that leap out of the speakers more than sixty years after they were made. They receive their first reissue on Decca CD.

“George Malcolm clearly delights in playing with colours […] this disc will prove very rewarding: the sheer technical brilliance of the playing … and the faultless rhythmic control make these performances outstanding” Gramophone Magazine, June 1954 (Scarlatti)

“‘Malcolm’s outlook on the Fantasia gives us new insight into its poetical and meditative aspects; he plays it as if he were in rapt contemplation of the quintessential Bach. […] The Italian Concerto, too, gains a new lease of life in this altogether splendid version. […] This is a disc which should form part of every Bach lover’s collection.” Gramophone Magazine, June 1955 (Bach)

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János Starker plays Bach: Duo Recital 1971

János Starker plays Bach: Duo Recital 1971


Bach, J S:

Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV1011

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

Viola da Gamba Sonata No. 1 in G major, BWV1027

Viola da Gamba Sonata No. 3 in G minor, BWV1029


János Starker (cello), Zuzana Růžičková (harpsichord)

János Starker (1924-2013) is considered by many to be one of the greatest masters of the cello in the 20th century. Born in Budapest, the third son of Jewish parents from Poland and Ukraine, he began cello lessons when he was five years old.

When he was eleven, he gave his first concert, and at age 14 he was playing Dvořák's Cello Concerto. Starker was an indisputable authority of the highest magnitude of every aspect of musical culture and was renowned for the sober brilliance of his musicality. At the same time, his recorded legacy has set an impossibly high standard of professionalism for future generations of cellists.

Zuzana Růžičková was one of the great harpsichordists of her generation. Born on January 14, 1927 in Pilsen into a Jewish family, she was 15 years old when she began her studies with Wanda Landowska in Paris, before the German occupation of Czechoslovakia. Theresienstadt, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen were to become gruesome chapters in her young life, until the liberation, when she returned to Pilsen, and with unwavering discipline regained her former skills. In 1951 she appeared as a harpsichordist for the first time publicly, and winning the first prize in the Munich ARD competition in 1956 opened the way for an international career.

When János Starker and Zuzana Růžičková met in Schwetzingen in 1971, two highly experienced, legendary Bach interpreters combined their vast experience, delivering an equally high-precision, energetically coherent interplay of exceptional accomplishment. So it was a matter of mutual respect that both appeared at the recital not only as a duo, but also with substantial solo contributions.

This recording is the living testimony of the encounter of these two extraordinary musicians.

Hänssler - HAEN93726

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Reger: Complete Organ Works Vol. 8

Reger: Complete Organ Works Vol. 8


Bach, J S:

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 4 in C sharp minor, BWV849

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 21 in B flat major, BWV866

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 22 in B flat minor, BWV867

Prelude & Fugue Book 2 No. 1 in C major, BWV870

Prelude & Fugue Book 2 No. 3 in C sharp major, BWV 872

Prelude & Fugue Book 2 No. 5 in D major, BWV 874

Prelude & Fugue Book 2 No. 15 in G major, BWV884

Prelude & Fugue Book 2 No. 16 in G minor, BWV885

Fantasia & Fugue in A minor, BWV904

Toccata in D minor, BWV913

Two-part Inventions Nos. 1-15, BWV772-786

Toccata in F sharp minor, BWV910

Toccata in C minor, BWV911

Toccata in D major, BWV912

Toccata in G minor, BWV915


Fugatto Reger Complete Organ Works - FUG048

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JS Bach: Toccatas

JS Bach: Toccatas


Bach, J S:

Fantasia & Fugue in C minor, BWV906

Toccatas, BWV910-916

Prelude & Fugue in A minor, BWV894

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

Keyboard Concerto in D major (after Vivaldi), BWV972

French Overture in B minor, BWV831


DG Archiv Originals - 4791915

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Cembalo: Inspiration und Originalitat

Cembalo: Inspiration und Originalitat


Anglebert:

Suite II in G minor

Bach, J S:

French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV813

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

Italian Concerto, BWV971

Froberger:

Toccata da Sonarsi alla Leuatione VI g-moll FbWV 106

Capriccio in C major, FbWV 506

Vivaldi:

Concerto for violin, strings and continuo in G, Op. 7/8, RV 299


Mechthild Winter (harpsichord)

Organist Mechthild Winter was born in 1969 and went on to study in Leipzig with Christine Schornscheim.

Querstand - VKJK1217

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Bach: Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue

Bach: Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue


Bach, J S:

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV828

English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV808


Lisa Goode Crawford (harpsichord) 1624 Ruckers harpsichord, Musée d’Unterlinden, Colmar

The American harpsichordist and teacher, Lisa Goode Crawford, known for her performances of French baroque music and the music of Bach, is Emerita Professor of Harpsichord at the Oberlin Conservatory.

On this disc she plays a 1624 harpsichord built by Ioannes Ruckers.

Naxos - 8572309

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Fur Elise - Kempff Transcriptions and Encores

Fur Elise - Kempff Transcriptions and Encores


Bach, J S:

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

Chorale Prelude BWV659 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'

arr. Wilhelm Kempff

Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben': Jesu, bleibet meine Freude

arr. Wilhelm Kempff

Chorale Prelude BWV727 'Herzlich tut mich verlangen'

arr. Wilhelm Kempff

Chorale Prelude BWV729 'In dulci jubilo'

arr. Wilhelm Kempff

Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein, BWV388

arr. Wilhelm Kempff

Siciliano in G minor from Flute Sonata No. 2, BWV1031

arr. Wilhelm Kempff

Cantata BWV140 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme': Zion hört die Wächter singen

arr. Wilhelm Kempff

Beethoven:

Bagatelle in C minor, WoO52

Für Elise (Bagatelle in A minor, WoO59)

Couperin, F:

Pièces de clavecin III: Ordre 14ème in D major: Le Carillon de Cithère

Handel:

Keyboard Suite, HWV 430 in E major 'The Harmonious Blacksmith': Air & Variations

Minuet in G Minor, HWV 434/4

arr. Wilhelm Kempff

Rameau:

Le rappel des oiseaux

arr. Wilhelm Kempff


Kempff's Baroque pedigree stemmed from the influence of his father, also named Wilhelm Kempff, and his grandfather Cantor Friedrick Kempff, both of whom were organists, and who taught the budding prodigy much of the organ's core repertoire. In fact, Kempff's youthful debut as an organist took place before his first recital as a pianist in 1907. With help from the great German violinist Joseph Joachim, the nine-year-old Kempff was awarded two scholarships at the Berlin Hochschule: one in composition with Robert Kahn, the other studying piano with Heinrich Barth, who also taught Arthur Rubinstein.

While most of Wilhelm Kempff's recordings were made for Deutsche Grammophon, his early Decca LPs and EPs are collector's items. Here issued internationally on CD for the first time is the LP of his Bach recital coupled with a delicious record of miniatures by Couperin, Rameau and Beethoven, including the latter's ubiquitous Fur Elise. In his liner notes, Jed Distler compares Kempff's arrangements of Bach with those of Busoni, and his performances with those of Hess and others. 'Fur Elise gently soars from Kempff's fingers in full-throated, legato arcs that might convince you that the piano has lungs in addition to hammers and strings,' he writes, and concludes, 'The warm, naturally balanced and timbrally true sonic image typical of Decca's piano recordings of this vintage only enhance Kempff's singular artistry. Whatever one makes of his style, his spirit defines authenticity.'

"...excellently recorded programme of arrangements made by Kempff himself..." Gramophone.

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Bach performance on the piano

Bach performance on the piano

Angela Hewitt live in concert


Bach, J S:

Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV828

Italian Concerto, BWV971

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

DVD 1: Bach Performance on the Piano (148 mins)

Illustrated lecture by Angela Hewitt

DVD 2: Angela Hewitt Live in Concert (62 mins)


Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Russian, Japanese

Angela Hewitt shares the inspiration and experience behind her award-winning playing in an illustrated lecture that explains the technical and practical steps essential for performing Bach on the piano.

Angela Hewitt is a phenomenal artist who has established herself at the highest level over the last few years not least through her superb, award-winning recordings for Hyperion. Completed in 2005, her eleven-year project to record all the major keyboard works of Bach has been described as ‘one of the record glories of our age’ and has won her a huge following. She has been hailed as ‘the pre-eminent Bach pianist of our time’ and ‘nothing less than the pianist who will define Bach performance on the piano for years to come’ (Stereophile). Now for the first time she appears on a 2-DVD set. In the first disc, she conducts a ‘masterclass’, discussing all the challenges, possible pitfalls and delights in performing Bach on the piano. The second disc features Hewitt live in concert. This is an unmissable release.

“Here we are presented with a lengthy lecture, and a recital. Paradoxically you probably learn more watching the recital (Hewitt's infallible finger control is mesmerising) than you do from the lecture which is full of sound common sense but filmed in a style that crosses the Queen's Christmas Message with Delia Smith's 'How to Boil an Egg'.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2008 ****

“Angela Hewitt has been giving illustrated lecture recitals on Bach performance for some time but not, on this showing, direct to camera.
Though she becomes more fluent and confident over the 148 minutes, for most of the time she resembles the Queen delivering her Christmas message to the Commonwealth. Is she reading off an autocue? Her measured and articulated delivery with nary an 'um' or 'er' suggests that she is; if she isn't, then it sounds as though she is, and reading a script which, moreover, has been written to be published in a book rather than spoken aloud.
Its seven chapters are divided into 36 sections, each one fading to black-out and up again: usefully cued but tiresome to watch. The whole exercise would have been better on CD. What Hewitt has to say is full of wisdom and perspicacity, liberally illustrating the talk at her Fazioli piano (it is filmed in the Fazioli factory). But who is it aimed at? The conservatory student (useful), the teacher (instructive), the amateur Bach player (daunting) or the general public (illuminating but esoteric)? Disc two is a live recital filmed in the Fazioli concert hall where Hewitt puts into practice what she has been preaching: her poise, clarity of voicing, spontaneity, wonderful finger legato and palpable joy in performing these works is a masterclass in itself.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“Illuminating lectures rather regally delivered but the playing is spellbinding.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2008

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Hyperion - Angela Hewitt Bach - DVDA68001

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