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Bach: Early Works for Harpsichord

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata in D major, BWV 912
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partite sopra "O Gott, du frommer Gott", BWV 767
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue in E minor
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for keyboard in A minor, BWV 818a
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata in G major, BWV 916
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Capriccio in B flat major on the Departure of his Most Beloved Brother, BWV 992
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Notes & Reviews:

Who was the young Johann Sebastian? A rebellious, provocative adolescent? A clever, stubborn careerist? An innovator, as gifted as he was prolifi c? Certainly a mixture of all three, in the considered opinion of keyboard virtuoso, Andreas Staier, who delivers this dazzling recital of Bach's early works for harpsichord, performed on an Anthony Sidey instrument modeled after an H. A. Hass original. A rare and versatile artist with an international career as both fortepianist and harpsichordist, Staier reveals a composer eager to question the prevailing tastes of the time, to re-interpret his models and to infuse a breath of fresh air into the North German musical tradition.

BBC Music Magazine
Hard to know which star shines brightest here: Andreas Staier's or that of the instrument, a copy of a 1734 Hass.

The Independent
The works in Andreas Staier's captivating recital reveal the developing musical personality of the young Bach. Staier's performance is suffused with a greedy pleasure in the warmth and variety of Anthony Sidey and Frédéric Bal's copy of a 1734 Hass double-manual harpsichord.

Gramophone Magazine
Harpsichord-playing over the past few decades has been dominated by a sonic purism which has frowned on "excessive" register changes but if you can surrender yourself to Staier's mastery of them the excitement is hair-raising.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata in D major, BWV 912
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partite sopra "O Gott, du frommer Gott", BWV 767
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1751

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue in E minor
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for keyboard in A minor, BWV 818a
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata in G major, BWV 916
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1714

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Capriccio in B flat major on the Departure of his Most Beloved Brother, BWV 992
  • Performer: Andreas Staier (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1705