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CHAN 0802

J.S. Bach: Works for Harpsichord

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2014

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Steven Devine

harpsichord

Venue:

Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk



Producer:

Rachel Smith



Engineer:

Jonathan Cooper


Rosanna Fish



Record Label
Chaconne

Genre:

Harpsichord


Early Music

Total Time - 71:43
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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

(1685-1750)
   
 

Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 903

12:09  
  in D minor - in d-Moll - en ré mineur  
1 Fantasia 6:22
2 Fuga 5:48
   
 

Aria variata 'alla maniera italiana', BWV 989

14:38  
  in A minor - in a-Moll - en la mineur  
3 [Aria] - 1:58
4 Variazione I (Largo) - 1:11
5 Variazione II - 1:14
6 Variazione III - 1:14
7 Variazione IV (Allegro) - 1:20
8 Variazione V (Un poco Allegro) - 1:04
9 Variazione VI (Andante) - 1:17
10 Variazione VII (Allegro) - 0:55
11 Variazione VIII (Allegro) - 0:57
12 Variazione IX - 1:05
13 Variazione X 2:17
   
14 

Fantasia, BWV 906

5:02
  in C minor - in c-Moll - en ut mineur  
 

Concerto nach italianischem Gusto, BWV 971

13:06  
  in F major - in F-Dur - en fa majeur  
  (Concerto after the Italian Taste)  
  Part 1 of Clavier-Übung II  
15 [ ] 4:17
16 Andante 4:23
17 Presto 4:24
   
 

Ouverture nach franzosischer Art, BWV 831

27:00  
  in B minor - in h-Moll - en si mineur  
  (Overture after the French Manner)  
  Part 2 of Clavier-Übung II  
18 Ouverture 7:46
19 Courante 1:59
20 Gavotte I - Gavotte II - Gavotte I da capo 2:53
21 Passepied I - Passepied II - Passepied I da capo 2:22
22 Sarabande 3:30
23 Bourrée I - Bourrée II - Bourrée I da capo 2:36
24 Gigue 2:35
25 Écho 3:14
  TT 71:58      
   
 Steven Devine harpsichord
  23-25 September 2013  


 The ‘Italian’ Concerto and ‘French’ Overture included on this album together make up the second part of Bach’s Clavier-Übung, composed, according to Bach himself, ‘for music lovers to refresh their spirits’.  Here Steven Devine’s performances show that these works do far more than simply refresh spirits. The ‘Italian’ Concerto has long been thought a product of Bach’s extensive study of Vivaldi’s concerti. It is full of allusions to the style of the Italian orchestral concerto but the idiomatic keyboard writing, particularly in the exquisitely ornamented slow movement, clearly shows the work’s conception as a virtuoso keyboard piece. The large scale of the ‘French’ Overture’s opening movement is unprecedented in the work of Bach, being his longest single keyboard movement. It is grandiose and imposing in character and stands in contrast to the seven shorter, more delicate dance movements that follow. Alongside these large-scale works are the Aria variata ‘alla maniera italiana, the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 903, and the Fantasia in C minor, BWV 906.

 Steven Devine plays a double-manual harpsichord by Colin Booth (2000) after Fleischer (1710), which throughout the programme allows him to bring out Bach’s idiomatic contrasts in dynamics and colour.  

"This recommendable CD of some of Bach’s greatest works for the harpsichord, well played with a touch of flair and an individual interpretative approach that removes much of this music from the museum and brings it into our living-rooms, where it belongs..."

Robert Matthew-Walker - International Record Review - June 2014


                 Performance ****          Recording ****

Paul Riley – BBC Music magazine – July 2014




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