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J.S. Bach - Clavier-Übung II

Catalogue numberBIS-1469 CD
Release date2006-05-30
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time69:19

In between concerts, recordings and tours with his Bach Collegium Japan, the indefatigable Masaaki Suzuki still manages to make time for the harpsichord – to the joy of reviewers and music lovers alike. His previous recordings of Bach’s keyboard music have been highly praised. Most recently the French Suites (BIS-CD-1113/14) was made Critic’s Choice in American Record Guide, and the reviewer in Fanfare called the double-CD ‘an immensely stimulating listening experience…the most compelling set of these utterly winning suites.’ The Partitas (BIS-CD-1313/14) met with equal enthusiasm, and was described as ‘a distinguished and deeply considered account’ in The Gramophone and as ‘fascinating, probing and compelling versions’ by the Goldberg website.

Now the turn has come to the Italian Concerto and its companion piece the French Overture. The two works, which make up the so-called Clavier-Übung 2, demonstrate Bach’s familiarity with two main orchestral genres – the concerto and the overture suite – which respectively represent two important national styles of the day, Italian and French. As Yo Tomita argues in his liner notes, Bach’s aim was to extract these two distinct styles and give them expression in two keyboard works. Maybe he succeeded too well as the Italian Concerto, in particular, was hailed by some contemporaries as an indication that Bach was moving away from his ‘old-fashioned’ contrapuntal style… Highly characterful music then, in a programme which is complemented by the Sonata in D minor, a transcription – probably by the composer himself – of the Sonata in A minor for solo violin.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Italian Concerto, BWV 971 13:16
01 I. Allegro vivace e con brio 04:08 $ 0.87 USD
02 II. Andante 05:15 $ 1.10 USD
03 III. Presto 03:53 $ 0.82 USD
  French Overture in B minor, BWV 831 34:28
04 I. Ouverture 12:50 $ 2.70 USD
05 II. Courante 02:09 $ 0.45 USD
06 III. Gavotte I & II 03:44 $ 0.78 USD
07 IV. Passepied I & II 03:00 $ 0.63 USD
08 V. Sarabande 03:49 $ 0.80 USD
09 VI. Bourrée I & II 03:08 $ 0.66 USD
10 VII. Gigue 02:40 $ 0.56 USD
11 VIII. Echo 03:08 $ 0.66 USD
  Sonata in D minor, BWV 964, after Sonata in A minor for solo violin, BWV 1003 20:16
12 I. Adagio 03:00 $ 0.63 USD
13 II. Allegro 06:47 $ 1.42 USD
14 III. Andante 05:02 $ 1.06 USD
15 IV. Allegro 05:27 $ 1.14 USD
  Album total 69:19
HarpsichordSuzuki, Masaaki
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian

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