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Bach: Harpsichord Concerto BWV 1052, etc / Hélène Grimaud, Bremen German Chamber Philharmonic

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor, BWV 849 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Chaconne, transcription for piano in D minor (after J. S. Bach, BWV 1004), KiV B24
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 20 in A minor (WTC II/20), BWV 889 (BC L123)
>Liszt, Franz : Preludes and Fugues (6) of JS Bach for Piano, S 462
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Suite from the Violin Partita in E major
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Grimaud's first ever recording of Bach is a 'tour de force' performance and a landmark project in her notable career. Charismatic and enigmatic, Grimaud presents her latest individual concept: combining the purity of Bach's original keyboard works with works by the baroque master arranged for the piano by pianist-composers of later generations. It features one of her signature works, the Busoni version of Bach's famous 'Chaconne in D minor'. A deluxe edition digi-pak is available as DGG B001245202.

"Like Glenn Gould, Helene Grimaud plays Bach with rhythmic sureness and extreme clarity of articulation. One could almost imagine old J.S. himself swaying animatedly to Grimaud's playing with a smile on his face. Unlike Gould, she performs transcriptions of Bach's music as well as "pure" Bach... the program shows more careful forethought and preparation than many other pianists might give; even if some might condemn it for pretentiousness or simple wrong-headedness, it at least shows that Grimaud has a head and she has no hesitation in using it. With repeated listening, the relationship between various pieces becomes more apparent and welcome, and the more appealing aspects of Grimaud's playing win out." -inkpot.com

Notes & Reviews:

Fitting her reputation for interpreting the keyboard repertoire in a big way, Hélène Grimaud presents her first recording of J.S. Bach's works with transcriptions by Ferruccio Busoni, Franz Liszt, and Sergei Rachmaninov, which were all intended to update the music for the modern grand piano. Because Grimaud's style is direct and robust, reminiscent of Martha Argerich, and the transcriptions are dramatically more pianistic than the originals, Bach purists should look elsewhere for more meticulous and historically informed performances of these Baroque pieces, perhaps on fortepiano or harpsichord. Grimaud's fans, however, will feel at home with her rich and resonant playing, and if the beefed-up passagework, with all its octaves, chromatic filigree, and heavy pedaling, are deemed acceptable, then this album will surely find its audience. The preludes and fugues from the Well-Tempered Clavier are not transcriptions, though Grimaud's energetic and idiosyncratic playing almost makes them seem as if they were, and the Concerto No. 1 in D minor, supported by Florian Donderer and the German Chamber Philharmonic, Bremen, is delivered in a straightforward manner without embellishment or period instruments. The Busoni version of the Chaconne in D minor, Liszt's arrangement of the Prelude and Fugue in A minor, and Rachmaninov's fanciful adaptation of the Prelude in E major from the Partita No. 3 for violin seem to be the album's raison d'être, for Grimaud finds her voice in these colorful performances, and her passionate and virtuosic style is best suited to their elaborations. Deutsche Grammophon's reproduction is exceptional and well-balanced for Grimaud's sonorous playing. ~ Blair Sanderson



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor, BWV 849 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Chaconne, transcription for piano in D minor (after J. S. Bach, BWV 1004), KiV B24
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard no 20 in A minor (WTC II/20), BWV 889 (BC L123)
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Liszt, Franz : Preludes and Fugues (6) of JS Bach for Piano, S 462
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 870-893
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Suite from the Violin Partita in E major :: Prelude, Gavotte & Gigue, transcription for piano after J.
  • Performer: Hélène Grimaud (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1933.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1933