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Piano Recital: Wass, Ashley - BACH, J.S. / BERG, A. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / BUSONI, F. / BARBER, S. (Bach to the Future)

Piano Recital: Wass, Ashley - BACH, J.S. / BERG, A. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / BUSONI, F. / BARBER, S. (Bach to the Future)

The Classical Shop
release date: October 2013

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Ron Abramski

Soloist

Ashley Wass

Soloist

Venue:

St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Venue

Record Label
Orchid Classics

Genre:

Instrumental


Classical

Total Time - 78:59
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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

1 

Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV 687 (arr. G. Kurtag)

03:53
 Ron Abramski Soloist
     
 

ALBAN BERG

2 

Piano Sonata, Op. 1

12:03
     
 

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

 

6 Bagatelles, Op. 126

 
3 No. 1 in G Major 03:23
4 No. 2 in G Minor 02:47
5 No. 3 in E-Flat Major 03:11
6 No. 4 in B Minor 04:12
7 No. 5 in G Major 02:20
8 No. 6 in E-Flat Major 04:49
     
 

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

9 

Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (arr. F. Busoni for piano)

03:47
     
 

FERRUCCIO BUSONI

10 

Fantasia nach J.S. Bach

15:10
     
 

SAMUEL BARBER

 

Piano Sonata, Op. 26

 
11 I. Allegro energico 07:46
12 II. Allegro vivace e leggiero 02:12
13 III. Adagio mesto 06:21
14 IV. Fuga: Allegro con spirito 04:48
     
 

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

15 

Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106 (arr. by G. Kurtag)

02:17
 Ron Abramski Soloist
     
 Ashley Wass Soloist


BACH TO THE FUTURE

The 21st Century has so far been witness to many curious developments - the popularity of soundbite social media, the wearing of Crocs as an acceptable form of fashion, TVs that do almost everything bar cook a full English, increasingly unpredictable weather patterns - but by far the strangest of all has been the unstoppable rise of the autobiography, most often penned (as it were) by footballers, pop-stars and reality TV characters who’ve barely emerged from puberty. Well, my terrible teens are long gone but I still like to think of myself as a young musician, so, for the sake of social solidarity, I’ve opted for an ’if you can’t beat ’em join ’em’ attitude and have chosen for this disc - the first mixed repertoire recording over which I’ve had complete control - a series of pieces that have been particularly significant in my life and career to date. Of course, the beauty of musical autobiographies is that they are, at least when confined to the space of a single CD, mercifully short. No inane descriptions of breakfast cereals or days in the park to be found here and, booklet notes aside, you’re safe from terrible prose. So I hope you’ll forgive my self-indulgence and simply enjoy what is, I believe, a series of great musical masterpieces, from which you’ll inevitably garner your own context and meaning. 

                         Interpretation *****          Sound *****          Repertoire ****

Isabel Fedrizzi - Piano News magazine (Germany) - March/April 2014


 "This is an imaginatively structured program of serious piano music, played by an artist of power and sensitivity in his prime... Overall: a substantial program but a qualified recommendation."    Phillip Scott

 

"...Recorded in spectacular sound, Wass has intelligently written his own program notes - revealing all of the connections between himself and the pieces performed... Beyond all else, Wass shows himself here to be a secure technician, easily handling all of the virtuosic challenges in this music, and a probing and intelligent musician, one who has long thought over this musi and has penetrated its inner secrets, and one who relises in making these pieces sound ever fresh, ever new and, ever exciting. It is not often we get a musician of this caliber. One should grab this while on can. After having reviewed this discl I recommend that on also snatches up his other recordings - much of it British piano music. I know that I did."  - Scott Noriega 

Fanfare - Janaury/Febrary 2014


 "This inventive recital has Bach as the thread weaving throughout pieces such as Busoni’s arrangement of the CHorale Prelude ’Ich ruf’ and the fugue of the Barber Sonata... Wass keeps to a strict rhythmic Bach in the long Busoni Fantasia. His rhythmic steadiness comes to great advantage in one of the very best versions of the four-movement Barber Sonata I have heard ..." ****

Marius Dawn - Pianinst magazine - February/March 2014


"... an out and out winner. This is what CD programming should be about: unexpected, stimulating and musically satisfying... The Barber, heard in the shade of Busoni’s Fantasia nach JS Bach, emerges as darker than usual. The performance is masterly, the crowning glory of the disc..."

Colin Clarke - Piano International magazine - January/February 2014




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