Bach, J S: Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'

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Bach Trios

Bach Trios


Bach, J S:

Trio Sonata No. 6 in G major, BWV530

Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 19 in A major, BWV864: Prelude

Chorale Prelude BWV645 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme'

Prelude & Fugue Book 2 No. 20, BWV889: Fugue

Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'

Prelude & Fugue in E minor, BWV548 'Wedge'

Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV829: VI. Passepied

Chorale Prelude BWV650 'Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter'

The Art of Fugue, BWV1080: Contrapunctus XIIIa a 3 (rectus)

The Art of Fugue, BWV1080: Contrapunctus XIIIb a 3 (inversus)

Chorale Prelude BWV721 'Erbarm' dich mein, o Herre Gott'

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


Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Chris Thile (mandolin), Edgar Meyer (double bass)

Nonesuch Records releases an album of Bach works recorded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Chris Thile, and bassist Edgar Meyer, Bach Trios. The album comprises works by J.S. Bach written for keyboard instruments, plus one sonata for viola da gamba.

Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer’s first recording together was the 1996 album Appalachia Waltz, which also featured fiddler Mark O’Connor; that album was followed by Appalachian Journey, also with O’Connor, in 2000. Meyer and Thile also began playing together nearly two decades ago, and first performed live as a duo in 2003. They have made two duo albums, 2008’s Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile and the Grammy–winning 2014 record Bass & Mandolin.

Thile then joined Meyer on Ma’s 2008 holiday album, Songs of Joy and Peace, before the trio reunited, along with Stuart Duncan, for The Goat Rodeo Sessions, an album of original tunes drawing from the musicians’ backgrounds in bluegrass, classical, and American roots music.

As Ma told Billboard at that time: “How often do you work with people who are master virtuosos and also master improvisers and composers, who know at least two musical traditions unbelievably well?” He continued, “It’s just extraordinary when you have people who can actually show on their instruments what they’re thinking at any moment, without a delay. As soon as you think it, it gets transferred in your neuromusculature immediately into sound.”

The New York Times said of Yo-Yo Ma, who is considered one of today’s foremost interpreters of Bach, ‘Other cellists hear Bach’s suites the same as Mr. Ma, but few if any have the technical means to transfer their imaginings so precisely into sound.’ Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras worldwide and his recital and chamber music activities. His discography includes more than one hundred albums, eighteen of which have won Grammy Awards. Ma also serves as the Artistic Director of Silkroad, an organization he founded to promote cross-cultural performance and collaborations. More than eighty works have been commissioned specifically for the Silk Road Ensemble, which tours annually. Ma also serves as the Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Negaunee Music Institute and in 2016 was appointed Artistic Advisor to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

“It took a few tracks to get used to the clipped, precise sound of the mandolin, at times evoking lute or harpsichord, but by the time these three fine musicians tackled the Fugue No 20 in A minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2, I was convinced.” The Observer, 16th April 2017 ****

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JS Bach, Handel & Scarlatti: Gamba Sonatas

JS Bach, Handel & Scarlatti: Gamba Sonatas


Bach, J S:

Viola da Gamba Sonatas Nos. 1-3, BWV1027-1029

Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'

Handel:

Sonata in G minor HWV364b

with Robin Michael (cello)

Scarlatti, D:

Keyboard Sonata K90 in D minor

with Robin Michael (cello)


Steven Isserlis (cello), Richard Egarr (harpsichord)

Bach wrote three wonderful sonatas for the viola da gamba (an early, slightly smaller relative of the modern cello). Lovingly recorded by Steven Isserlis and Richard Egarr, they are here joined by works by Handel and Scarlatti in a programme of haunting tranquillity.

“This isn’t one for the dyed-in-the-wool authenticist…fortunately, dessicated 'authenticity' has been supplanted by imaginatively experimenting performers supported by scholarly evidence…in the Handel slow movements Isserlis indulges stylistically in spontaneous-sounding elaboration of the line, while the thrilling final allegro of the Scarlatti Sonata is wonderfully fluent.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2015

“Isserlis judges the scale of his performances to a nicety.” Financial Times, 11th September 2015

“Isserlis plays them on the gamba’s modern cousin, the cello, and the microphone loves his playing, picking up all the nuances and scampering asides from his soft-spoken instrument which can sometimes get lost in big concert halls. Egarr on harpsichord matches Isserlis’s eloquence and rambunctious energy all the way.” The Guardian, 17th September 2015 *****

“None of these pieces was written for cello and harpsichord, and at no stage does that matter one bit...Isserlis makes no attempt to make his cello imitate the wispy resonance of the gamba, instead claiming the music for his instrument with vigorously articulated lines, robust technical athleticism and ravishing cantabile.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2015

“Isserlis points out that playing with a harpsichord allows him “to play as lightly as possible without ever courting inaudibility,” and the result is playing of grace, lightness and warmth.” The Wholenote, November 2015

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Grigory Sokolov: The Salzburg Recital 2008

Grigory Sokolov: The Salzburg Recital 2008


Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'

arr. Sokolov. Encore

Chopin:

Preludes (24), Op. 28

Mazurka No. 47 in A minor, Op. 68 No. 2

encore

Mazurka No. 41 in C sharp minor, Op. 63 No. 3

encore

Mozart:

Piano Sonata No. 2 in F, K280

Piano Sonata No. 12 in F major, K332

Rameau:

Les Sauvages

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Scriabin:

Poèmes, Op. 69 Nos. 1 & 2

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Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

This is Grigory Sokolov’s “debut” recital on Deutsche Grammophon, an outstanding live recording from the Salzburg Festival 2008 of central repertoire: W.A. Mozart, F. Chopin & 6 encores.

At last - after 20 years - the maestro has agreed to allow his recordings to be released on CD - now as an exclusive DG artist. Regarded as one of the world’s leading pianists, and adored by his public in sold-out concerts, Grigory Sokolov is the real thing – an artist dedicated to his art, and nothing else.

“From the beginning of Mozart’s F major sonata, K. 280, the first of two included, the Sokolov spell is cast. The graceful, crisp articulation; the little hesitations, so carefully wrought: here is poetic and intimate playing of the highest order.” The Times, 16th January 2015 *****

“listening to Sokolov, you know unequivocally that you are in the presence of someone extraordinary, someone possessing special insights and a thoroughly individual way of articulating, clarifying and communing with music so that his interpretations seem to find its very heart.” The Telegraph, 24th January 2015 *****

“Some of the playing is breathtaking in its clarity, articulation and colour...The Mozart playing may seem old-fashioned, but it overflows with vitality, each movement conceived as a single, sweeping entity, while each of the Chopin Preludes manages to conjure up a complete expressive world in a miniature frame...It’s all to treasure.” The Guardian, 29th January 2015 *****

“For me, the Mozart sonatas exemplify the essence of Sokolov's playing: he can do things with a melody that are just amazing. The way he phrases Mozart's slow movements is a joy to hear: thoughtful and individual without being fussy, he makes those melodies sing in a way that is incomparable...This gift for lyricism is equally present in the Chopin...I simply cannot wait to hear more from this stunning artist.” James Longstaffe, Presto Classical, 19th January 2015

“he plays [the Mozart] with restraint, albeit micromanaging the music so that no phrase sounds the same twice...[in the Chopin] Sokolov ranges from introspective musing to his native Russian virtuosity.” Financial Times, 31st January 2015 ***

“It's an overused word, but he is inimitable. His Chopin Preludes, for example, have no time for the notion of a freely Romantic melodic line being kept in check by a Classical accompaniment...The Mozart is treasurable too, though - of course - you have to take it on its own terms.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2015

“Best of all are the six encores: exquisite Scriabin, wistful Chopin and a valedictory Bach chorale.” Classical Music, May 2015 ****

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Editor's Choice - February 2015

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Bach: A Strange Beauty

Bach: A Strange Beauty


Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'

Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV1056

Chorale Prelude BWV734 'Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein'

English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV808

Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052

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


Simone Dinnerstein (piano)

Debut CD on Sony Classical from this critically acclaimed New York classical pianist. This is her first orchestral disc & features x15 recordings. Described by the NY Times as "An utterly distinctive voice in the forest of Bach interpretation".

“Dinnerstein has Argerich's touch: her Bach swings. The Suite's gigue has jazz momentum and the F minor concerto finale sounds unstoppable...The whole, beautifully conceived programme is shot with emotion, none more than the unfashionable transcriptions...This irresistable pianist knows her mind and expresses it.” Classic FM Magazine, March 2011 *****

“one must acknowledge Dinnerstein's energetic execution, plus the unusual clarity and point of her left-hand work...As a Bach pianist, Dinnerstein is obviously serious, and has fingers to burn” Gramophone Magazine, February 2011

“there is nothing exaggerated or self-seeking about her technical display. Where she excels is in the slow movements...the involvement and emotional commitment is total...Dinnerstein's is a fascinating and soulful approach of which I hope to hear more, especially in the transcriptions to which her romantic temperament and depth of sonorities are ideally suited.” International Record Review, January 2011

“[the disc] gives a good sense of her generally romantic approach to playing the composer's music on a modern concert grand, in which expressive warmth and beauty of tone seem to be prized above other qualities. It's a style that's perfectly suited to the three chorale-prelude arrangements by great 20th-century pianists” The Guardian, 27th January 2011 ***

“Kempff's fastidious arrangement of "Nun Freut Euch, Lieben Christen Gmein" offers the most dazzling display of her virtuosity...the stately calm of the 5th Keyboard Concerto's "Largo" has an almost weightless poise, while the English Suite No 3 offers an engrossing journey between styles” The Independent, 14th January 2011 ****

“Few current pianists surge forward in Bach with such light-fingered energy and joy; listening to her finale in the fifth keyboard concerto or the start of the third English Suite you almost get giddy. She’s equally individual in ruminating mode...Dinnerstein embraces [Jesu, Joy] calmly and lovingly — the perfect close to this uneven, engaging, idiosyncratic album.” The Times, 21st January 2011 ****

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Bach - Piano Transcriptions Volume 7

Bach - Piano Transcriptions Volume 7

transcribed by Max Reger


Bach, J S:

Prelude & Fugue in D major, BWV532

Chorale Prelude BWV622 'O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sünde groß'

Chorale Prelude BWV637 'Durch Adam's Fall ist ganz verderbt'

Chorale Prelude BWV644 'Ach wie nichtig, ach wie flüchtig'

Chorale Prelude BWV657 'Nun danket alle Gott'

Chorale Prelude BWV727 'Herzlich tut mich verlangen'

Chorale Prelude BWV668 'Vor deinen Thron tret' ich'

Chorale Prelude BWV736 'Valet will ich dir geben'

Chorale Prelude BWV638 'Es ist das Heil uns kommen her'

Chorale Prelude BWV730 'Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier'

Chorale Prelude BWV606 'Von Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her'

Prelude & Fugue in E flat major, BWV552 'St Anne'

Prelude & Fugue in E minor, BWV548 'Wedge'

Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'

Chorale Prelude BWV653b 'An Wasserflüssen Babylon'

Fantasia super 'Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott', BWV651

Chorale Prelude BWV654 'Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele'

Chorale Prelude BWV614 'Das alte Jahr vergangen ist'

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565

Pachelbel:

Christ lag in Todesbanden

attributed Bach


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Hyperion’s Bach piano transcription series, which has done so much to illustrate the unique effect of Bach on the nineteenth-century mind, has reached volume 7 with the complete transcriptions by Max Reger.

Reger was described by his contemporaries as ‘the modern-day Bach’, partly because of his frequent use of fugue and other characteristic forms. His skills as a pianist were matched by his abilities as an organist—a situation that influenced his a profound understanding of Bach’s counterpoint. Therefore it is fascinating to see the composer’s direct response to his predecessor.

In the young German virtuoso Markus Becker we have the ideal performer: he has already recorded the complete original piano works of Reger. As Francis Pott writes in his comprehensive booklet notes: ‘In adopting a balance of linear and polyphonic clarity with the full expressive resources of the piano and of virtuoso technique, Markus Becker respects the historic significance both of Bach’s original inspirations and of Reger’s transcriptions as documents of their own time’.

“Markus Becker is a heroic exponent of this obscure yet satisfying repertoire, less 'pianistic' than the contemporary Bach-Busoni arrangements yet setting the performer equal if not greater challenges. A fascinating addition to Hyperion's series of Bach transcriptions.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2009 ****

“Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV614, is slow and thoughtful, yet is made serenely beautiful in Becker's glowing performance. …the D minor Toccata and Fugue… is superbly articulated and full of colour, while we can hear the "organ effect" from the piano's sustaining pedal, generously applied. The result is just fascinating, and I do recommend you to try this collection. It really is rewarding.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2009

“On each disc, a group of chorale preludes (16 altogether) is bookended by mighty preludes and fugues: in D, E flat (St Anne), E minor (The Wedge), and the Toccata and Fugue in D minor, sounding pleasantly free of bombast.” Sunday Times, 31st May 2009 ***

“Even though he is always meticulous at reimagining the sonorities in strictly pianistic terms, Reger's transcriptions are generally far more sober than the [Busoni's], especially in the chorale preludes which make up the bulk of both of these discs.” The Guardian, 10th July 2009 **

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Bach, J S: Italian Concerto, BWV971, etc.

Bach, J S:

Italian Concerto, BWV971

Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'

arr.Busoni

Fantasia in A minor, BWV922

Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV903

Chorale Prelude BWV659 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'

arr.Busoni

Fantasia & Fugue in A minor, BWV904


Recorded: 05/76 Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London

“Listening to Brendel's 1976 Bach brings to mind his teacher Edwin Fischer. Brendel is not afraid of the sustaining pedal: this is gorgeously nuanced, highly coloured Bach, full of life and humanity.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2006 *****

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Gould & Lipatti play Bach

Gould & Lipatti play Bach


Bach, J S:

Goldberg Variations, BWV988

1955 recording

Glenn Gould (piano)

Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV825

Dinu Lipatti (piano)

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

Dinu Lipatti (piano)

Chorale Prelude BWV599 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'

Dinu Lipatti (piano)

Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'

Dinu Lipatti (piano)

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

Dinu Lipatti (piano)


The 1955 recording (Gould’s first) of the Goldberg Variations is coupled with Lipatti’s famous Bach performances, made shortly before his untimely and tragic early death.

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Paul Jacobs Plays Bach

Paul Jacobs Plays Bach


Bach, J S:

Fantasia & Fugue in G minor, BWV542 'Great'

Chorale Prelude BWV656 'O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig'

Prelude & Fugue in A minor, BWV543

Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'

Organ Trio Sonata in C major, BWV529

Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor, BWV582


Paul Jacobs (organ)

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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

Favourite Piano Transcriptions


Bach, J S:

Chorale Prelude BWV659 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'

Es ist gewisslich an der Zeit, BWV307

Chorale Prelude BWV734 'Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein'

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

Chorale Prelude BWV727 'Herzlich tut mich verlangen'

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

Chorale Prelude BWV751 'In dulci jubilo'

Sinfonia from Cantata BWV29

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

Arioso (Largo) from Keyboard Concerto in F minor, BWV1056

Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'

English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV808

French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV816

Gluck:

Che faro' senza Euridice? (from Orfeo ed Euridice)

Orfeo ed Euridice (Orphée et Euridice): Dance of the Blessed Spirits

Handel:

Minuet in G Minor, HWV 434/4


“Kempff's 80-year-old fingers weave his Gluck and Handel transcriptions into dulcet, lyrical gold... this miraculous recording” Classics Today

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Simply Baroque

Simply Baroque


Bach, J S:

Cantata BWV167 'Ihr Menschen, rühmet Gottes Liebe'

St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Erbarme dich

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

Ertödt uns durch dein Güte from Cantata 22

Chorale Prelude BWV639 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ'

Chorale Prelude BWV650 'Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter'

Cantata BWV163 'Nur jedem das Seine'

Cantata BWV136 'Erforsche mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz'

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068

Boccherini:

Cello Concerto No. 7 in G major, G 480

Cello Concerto No. 8 in D major, G. 478


“This appealing compilation is extremely imaginative: nine movements from Bach sensitively arranged for cello and chamber orchestra, plus an attractive pair of Boccherini cello concertos. Yo-Yo Ma's Stradivarius was altered for the occasion by luthier Charles Beare, and Ma uses a Baroque bow. As superior 'light' listening goes, it's difficult to think of a happier 70 minutes' worth. It also provides an ideal 'soft-option' introduction to the sound of period instruments. The St Matthew Passion's 'Erbarme dich' becomes a cleverly worked duet for violin and cello, always flowing and discreet, aided by responsive strings and a tactile lute continuo.
Ton Koopman's harpsichord brushes Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring into action with a flourish, answered by a mellifluous mix of solo cello, strings and winds. Bassoon and cello join forces for a swaggering 'Lass mein Herz die Münze sein', before the brief chorale 'Dein Blut, der edle Saft'. Last comes the inevitable 'Air' from the Third Orchestral Suite, tellingly arranged (as a duet for cellos) and superbly played. In fact, Koopman's 'second' cello – his lead cellist Jaap ter Linden – is every bit as eloquent as the star act.
Listening to the two Boccherini works on this marvellous CD reminds you again of Ma's uncanny technical facility, at once elegant and unselfconsciously virtuosic. Ton Koopman provides the cadenzas and the performances are pure delight.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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