Bach, J S: Italian Concerto, BWV971 (Concerto nach Italienischem Gusto)

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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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Johann Sebastian Bach - Rafał Blechacz

Johann Sebastian Bach - Rafał Blechacz


Bach, J S:

Italian Concerto, BWV971

Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV825

Duets Nos. 1-4, BWV802-805

Fantasia in A minor, BWV944

Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV827

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

arr. Hess


Rafał Blechacz (piano)

“Blechacz is a superlative pianist” BBC Music Magazine

Celebrated by his Chopin awarded recordings and cited by critics as one of those talents that only come along every few decades - has now turned to Bach. The now 31-year-old winner of the 2005 International Chopin Piano Competition, has been immersed in Bach since his childhood and has cultivated a strikingly natural eloquence in his mature interpretations of the composer’s keyboard works.

This is the perfect album to show his versatility and fine knowledge of the works of the composer.

Rafal’s interpretation flows not least from his formative experience as an organist. Young Rafał cut his musical teeth on Bach’s principal instrument, playing organ for several years before turning full time to piano. In addition to playing for services at the main church in his hometown of Nakło nad Notecią, he also gave occasional recitals there long after becoming a pianist.

“A disc that both bedazzles and bemuses” BBC Music Magazine, June 2017 ****

“A strikingly personal programme…the Fantasia and Fugue in A minor is impressive, the latter a dazzling affair, not least for Blechacz’s sheer control over the textures at quiet dynamics…he is patently a pianist who enjoys Bach’s extremes…and his way with Bach’s counterpoint is unfailingly imaginative” Gramophone Magazine, May 2017

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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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JS Bach: Imagine

JS Bach: Imagine


Bach, J S:

Suite in C minor, BWV997

Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, BWV964

Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne

transcr. Johannes Brahms

Partita in A minor for solo flute, BWV1013

transcr. Stéphane Delplace

Italian Concerto, BWV971

Adagio in G major, BWV968


Jean Rondeau (harpsichord)

IMAGINE is the first Warner Classics release from the dynamic young French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau, who sees it as “an exploration of all the possibilities that lie in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and in the harpsichord”. Praised by radio station France Musique for his “maturity, fabulous touch and originality,” the multi-talented Rondeau feels that, as a young musician today, he has “an incredible opportunity to break out of the concert hall and meet the world”.

“French prodigy Jean Rondeau on a mission to make the harpsichord hip… …his brooding looks make him the latest “sex symbol” in the classical firmament” The Independent

Born in 1991, Rondeau is a musician with impeccable credentials in his instrument – and he has many prizes to prove it – but, with his multiple talents and interests, he defies simple categorisation: he is also a musicologist and is trained as an organist and a choral conductor, while as a pianist he is co-founder of a group (called Note Forget – The Project) that performs his jazz compositions.

He feels that, as a young musician today, he has “an incredible opportunity to break out of the concert hall and meet the world”. He has already performed all over Europe and in the United States, is a member of the four-person Baroque ensemble Nevermind, and collaborates regularly with the European Baroque orchestra Les Ambassadeurs. “My aim is to be as genuine as possible in my relationship with the instrument and with the audience,” he says, “I want to share my passion for the harpsichord, and I know lots of young people who are drawn to classical music, so I also try to give it an image that is full of dynamism.”

He was only six years old when he fell in love with the sound of the harpsichord and decided he wanted to learn it. “The harpsichord has a special sound and timbre, and it can really charm an audience. Its possibilities are endless,” he says. His principal teacher was Blandine Verlet, especially renowned in the works of Bach and Couperin, and he went on to study at Paris’ Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, at the Sorbonne (where he took a degree in Musicology) and at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

In 2012, at the age of 21 he was awarded first prize at the prestigious Bruges International Harpischord Competition, where the newspaper La Libre Belgique praised “his ability to make the harpsichord sing and to move the music forward ... a virtuosity that allows him to dash off lightning appoggiaturas, and phrasing that nourishes and refreshes the drama,” summing up his playing as “lively, ardent, captivating and always dynamically charged”. In that same year he also won second prize at the Prague Spring International Harpsichord Competition and received the European Union Baroque Orchestra’s Development Trust Award. In 2013 he was presented the Young Soloist Prize of Francophone Public Radio by the broadcaster France Musique, which singled him out for his “maturity, fabulous touch and originality.”

IMAGINE features one of Bach’s most celebrated harpsichord works, the Italian Concerto BWV 971, but it mainly comprises transcriptions of music that the composer conceived for other instruments: the violin, the lute and the flute. “This isn’t a disc of transcriptions, though,” says Rondeau. “As its name suggests, it is about imagination – an exploration of all the possibilities that lie in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and in the harpsichord. And though it’s not making a direct link to John Lennon, it’s nice if the title of the CD calls him to mind.”

“Not only is the trajectory utterly sure-footed; he can also generate palpable excitement without resorting to empty bravado...Rondeau is a natural communicator, unimpeded by the imperative to score academic points...Make no mistake - this is an auspicious debut.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2015 *****

“Rondeau evidently listens as well as he plays...He expertly projects the Italian Concerto's solo/tutti designations, yet his fastidious articulation slightly sacrifices forward impetus...The warm, full-bodied and well-balanced recorded sound further enhances Rondeau's thoughtful artistry.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2015

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JS Bach: Piano Works

JS Bach: Piano Works


Bach, J S:

Italian Concerto, BWV971

French Suite No. 6 in E major, BWV817

Fantasia in C minor, BWV906

First International Release on CD

English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV807

First International Release on CD

Chorale Prelude BWV731 'Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier'

arr. Harriet Cohen

Ertödt uns durch dein Güte from Cantata 22

arr. Harriet Cohen

Busoni:

Transcription of Bach's Partita BWV 1004: Chaconne


This collection includes all of Alicia de Larrocha’s analogue Bach solo recordings for Decca. Two suites and the Italian Concerto form the backbone of this release, but there are also three Bach transcriptions – two by Harriet Cohen, and the mighty Chaconne by Busoni (the 1973 recording; Larrocha recorded it a second time in 1986). These are jaunty and genial performances, beautifully shaped and with ease and nimbleness of fingerwork. But when epic grandeur and Romantic sonorities are called for, such as in the Bach–Busoni Chaconne, Larrocha unleashes playing of epic proportions. This release forms part of an on-going series of Alicia de Larrocha’s Decca recordings, with those of the English Suite No. 2 and the C minor Fantasia appearing on CD for the first time

“Larrocha’s Bach utilizes the piano’s full dynamic and expressive gamut. … crisp, infinitely varied articulation and tonal warmth” Classics Today

“To prove how her tiny hands could make colossal sounds without banging, listen to her pull out the Bach/Busoni Chaconne’s virtuoso stops and still manage to draw attention to the music rather than to the pianist.” Classics Today

“the resilience of Alicia de Larrocha’s playing [in the Italian Concerto] is most attractive, and her instrument’s sustaining capacity is an asset in the vocally inflected melody of the Andante, where she attains considerable intimacy of expression. […] The recording quality is up to Decca’s usual high standard.” Gramophone Magazine, October 1972

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Glenn Gould Plays Bach

Glenn Gould Plays Bach


Bach, J S:

Italian Concerto, BWV971

Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV825

Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV826

Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV829

Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV830


Glenn Gould (piano)

Benchmark recordings of the Italian Concerto and Partitas Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 6.

Regis - RRC1418

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J S Bach in the Italian Style

J S Bach in the Italian Style


Bach, J S:

Toccata in D major, BWV912

Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo, BWV992

Fantasia & Fugue in A minor, BWV904

Italian Concerto, BWV971

Fantasia & Fugue in A minor, BWV904

Goldberg Variations, BWV988: Aria

Concerto for Two Keyboards in C major, BWV1061

with Jenny Thomas (harpsichord)


James Tibbles (harpsichord)

The decision to record an all-Bach harpsichord disc was an easy one for James Tibbles to make. The seed was sown when New Zealand early keyboard builder Paul Downie was commissioned to build a replica of the ‘Hamburg Zell’ – one of the most lavishly decorated and sumptuous of the extant German harpsichords. This recording of 18th century German harpsichord music, made in New Zealand, is really about a unique collaboration between instrument builder, composer, performer and producer.

“[The Concerto for two harpsichords in C] is by far the best part of this disc. James Tibbles and Jenny Thomas deliver an energetic performance.” MusicWeb International, 9th October 2014

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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.

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Tatiana Nikolayeva plays Bach for Piano

Tatiana Nikolayeva plays Bach for Piano


Bach, J S:

Italian Concerto, BWV971

Fugue in G minor, BWV578 'Little'

arr Busoni

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

arr. Hess

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

arr. Wilhelm Kempff

Busoni:

Toccata and Fugue in D minor (after Bach BWV 565)

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Bach BWV 645)

Nun komm der heiden Heiland' (after Bach, BWV659)

Transcription of Bach's Partita BWV 1004: Chaconne

Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (Bach BWV 639)


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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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