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Rian de Waal plays Bach transcriptions

Rian de Waal plays Bach transcriptions

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2012


Artists:

Rian de Waal



Venue:

Concertboerderij Valthermond



Producer:

Daan van Aalst



Engineer:

Daan van Aalst



Record Label
Valthermond Recordings

Genre:

Piano




Total Time - 58:23
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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - FRANZ LISZT

1 

Fantasy and Fugue in G Minor BWV 542 – Fantasy

6:26
     
2 

Fantasy and Fugue in G Minor BWV 542 – Fugue

5:07
     
 

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - FERRUCCIO BUSONI

3 

Nun Komm’ der Heiden Heiland – Choral Prelude BWV 659

4:44
     
 

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - MYRA HESS

4 

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring – Choral from Cantata BWV 147

3:39
     
 

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - JOHANNES BRAHMS

5 

Chaconne from Partita no 2 in D Minor BWV 1004 (piano solo for the left hand)

14:27
     
 

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - FRANZ LISZT

6 

Prelude and Fugue in A Minor BWV 543 – Prelude

3:30
     
7 

Prelude and Fugue in A Minor BWV 543 – Fugue

6:04
     
 

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - FERRUCCIO BUSONI

8 

Chaconne from Partita no 2 in D Minor BWV 1004 (version for piano solo)

14:26
     
 Rian de Waal


For two centuries and more, Bach has continued to inspire musicians. Debussy once said, “Bach is Our Lord of Music. To protect themselves against mediocrity, all composers should pray to him before settling down to work.” Yet there was a whole period in which Bach’s music was seldom played. Interest in his oeuvre revived only when it was published early in the nineteenth century, at the beginning of the Romantic Period. Many Romantic composers felt a strong affinity with his music and its architecture. Sometimes this affinity was so profound that, touched by the conceptual inspiration of the original, those transcribing his work created an existing piece in a new form. In many cases the new form was necessary: not only had performance practice changed radically since Bach’s time, but music in the Romantic Period was played on concert stages, whereas Bach’s had been written for specific occasions, often for inclusion in liturgy.

In general you could say that the Romantic generation developed very much its own views on  Bach’s music. They had to, as there was no performance tradition.’ - Rian de Waal

 
The pieces on this album clearly show the transformations that music underwent during the Romantic Period. Masterworks such as the Prelude and Fugue in A minor for organ were brought to the stage in transcriptions for solo piano written and performed by Franz Liszt.

Liszt took an interesting position in selecting the organ Preludes and Fugues for transcription. Rather than choosing cembalo Suites or Partitas and having to inflate them to concert proportions, the organ pieces possessed these qualities by their nature, as they had been written for performance in churches. In his treatment of the material, he could therefore revert to a very literal “translation”’ - Rian de Waal

- Review refers to both VR 4001 - Bach & VR 6013 - Schubert
 
"...The quality of the recorded sound is superlative and it does full justice to de Waal’s prismatic sonority. The organ-like bass and remarkable sustain of the pianist’s  Steinway instrument much be heard to be believed. If you love piano musi, you own it to yourself to hear these discs. I very much hope that Valthermond Recordings will be releasing more of de Waal’s work."
 
Radu A Lelutiu - Fanfare - November/December 2012



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