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Bach - The Toccatas

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Catalogue numberBIS-2221 SACD
Release date2020-03-06
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time69:04

Very little is known about the origin of J. S. Bach’s seven Toccatas (BWV 910–916) or of their use. They are believed to have been written before 1717 or the end of Bach’s Weimar period – but it is quite possible that at least some of them were drafted before he arrived there in 1707, at the age of 22. The Toccatas are usually performed on harpsichord or piano – but even though they are ‘manualiter’ (intended to be played by the hands only) and do not call for pedal parts, they are also occasionally heard on the organ. In terms of style they are examples of the so-called stylus phantasticus – ‘the most free and unfettered method of composition’ – and belong to the North German organ tradition of the late 17th century.

Each toccata consists of several distinct and contrasting sections, interweaving strict counterpoint and fugal passages with freely rhapsodic material, and as such the toccatas differ from the two-movement prelude-and-fugue format which Bach later would put his own, indelible stamp on. With this disc, Masaaki Suzuki takes on some of the earliest of Bach’s extant harpsichord compositions, after having released acclaimed recordings of a wide range of later works, from the two-part Inventions to the two books of the Well-Tempered Clavier. However, he also brings his experience in performing the music of Bach’s North German predecessors to bear, for instance Buxtehude (BIS-1809) and Nicolaus Bruhns.
 
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  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Toccata in G minor, BWV 915 09:56
01 [Toccata] - Adagio 01:16 $ 0.30 USD
02 Allegro - Adagio 03:40 $ 0.88 USD
03 Fuga 05:00 $ 1.20 USD
 
  Toccata in D minor, BWV 913 12:39
04 [Toccata] 02:23 $ 0.57 USD
05 Thema [Fugue] 03:24 $ 0.82 USD
06 Adagio 02:37 $ 0.63 USD
07 Allegro 04:15 $ 1.02 USD
 
  Toccata in G major, BWV 916 08:06
08 [Toccata] 02:13 $ 0.53 USD
09 Adagio 02:51 $ 0.68 USD
10 Allegro e presto 03:02 $ 0.73 USD
 
  Toccata in C minor, BWV 911 10:09
11 [Toccata] - Adagio 03:01 $ 0.72 USD
12 Allegro 07:08 $ 1.71 USD
 
  Toccata in E minor, BWV 914 07:09
13 [Toccata] - Un poco allegro 02:01 $ 0.48 USD
14 Adagio 01:53 $ 0.45 USD
15 Fuga a 3. Allegro 03:15 $ 0.78 USD
 
  Toccata in D major, BWV 912 11:01
16 [Toccata] - Allegro 02:46 $ 0.66 USD
17 Adagio 05:11 $ 1.24 USD
18 [Fugue] 03:04 $ 0.74 USD
 
  Toccata in F sharp minor, BWV 910 09:55
19 [Toccata] 02:35 $ 0.62 USD
20 Presto e staccato 02:30 $ 0.60 USD
21 [no tempo indication] 02:15 $ 0.54 USD
22 [Fugue] 02:35 $ 0.62 USD
 
  Album total 69:04
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
HarpsichordSuzuki, Masaaki

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