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J. S. Bach: The Italian Concerto and the French Overture-Harpsichord Music

J. S. Bach: The Italian Concerto and the French Overture-Harpsichord Music-Harpsichord-Baroque
ID: SIGCD030 (EAN: 635212003022)  | 1 CD | DDD
Publi: 2002
Signum Records
BACH, Johann Sebastian
CAROLAN, Lucy (harpsichord)
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Signum Records presents the second volume of Lucy Carolan's recordings of Bach's keyboard music consisting of works from Volumes two, three and four of his "Clavierübung". Volume two contains the popular Italian Concerto and French Overture and concentrates on the number "two" - two pieces, two keys, two modes, two nations (Italy and France) and a two-manual harpsichord. The Italian Concerto is unique: a wholly original solo keyboard work written as if "transcribed" from a string original to which Bach adds strikingly new ideas expressly suited for harpsichord. Bach had acquired his knowledge of Italian repertoire early on by transcribing Vivaldi violin concertos for solo harpsichord around 1712-13. The contrasting French Overture contains lighter dances from the court of Louis XIV such as the gavotte, the passepied and bourrée - all are dance forms which had been familiar to Bach from his childhood. The disc also includes duets from volume three and the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue which, although unpublished during Bach's lifetime, became an inspiration to subsequent generations of composers.
BACH, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) 
Italian Concerto, BWV 971 
1. Allegro4:03
2. Andante4:47
3. Presto3:54
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 904 
4. Fantasia5:48
5. Fugue6:06
Four Duets, BWV 802-805 
6. Duet no.1 in E minor2:40
7. Duet no.2 in F major3:18
8. Duet no.3 in G major3:38
9. Duet no.4 in A minor2:58
French Overture, BWV 831 
10. Ouverture7:34
11. Courante2:11
12. Gavotte I - Gavotte II - Gavotte I4:16
13. Passepied I - Passepied II - Passepied I3:45
14. Sarabande3:56
15. Bourrée I - Bourrée II - Bourrée I3:16
16. Gigue2:25
17. Echo3:00


“Dynamic playing by harpsichordist Lucy Carolan imbues these works with great spirit and verve. She plays with electrifying skill that adds a sparkle and pizzazz to pieces that require great technical skill.... Carolan's immaculate sense of rhythm gives them fresh life."
(*** three star rating)
Shropshire Star

"solid musicianship and first class technique"

"Carolan…consistently brings out the infinite expressive subtleties of the music"
(***** five star rating)
Nicholas Anderson, BBC Music Magazine


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