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Bach Piano Transcriptions Vol 7 - Max Reger / Becker

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in D major, BWV 532
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orgelbuchlein
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orgelbüchlein
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 657
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Vor deinen Thron tret'ich hiermit, BWV 668
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Valet will ich dir geben, BWV 736
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 730
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in E flat major, BWV 552 "St. Anne"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in E minor, BWV 548 "Wedge"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christ lag in Todes Banden (IV), chorale setting for organ (Korner Choralvorspiele, doubtful), BWV d
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1124
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasia super Komm, heiliger Geist, BWV 651
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565
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Notes & Reviews:

Hyperion's Bach piano transcription series, which has done so much to illustrate the unique effect of Bach on the nineteenth-century mind, has reached volume seven with the complete transcriptions by Max Reger. Reger was described by his contemporaries as 'the modern-day Bach,' partly because of his frequent use of fugue and other characteristic forms. Therefore it is fascinating to see Reger's direct response to his predecessor. In the young German virtuoso Markus Becker we have the ideal performer: he has already recorded the complete original piano works of Reger.

'Markus Becker is a heroic exponent of this obscure yet satisfying repertoire ... The core of the two discs is Reger's series of Chorale Prelude transcriptions, in which ... he finds a profound and plangent expressiveness ... A fascinating addition to Hyperion's series of Bach transcriptions' (BBC Music Magazine)

'A new kind of Bach sound which belongs to both piano and organ ... [BWV14] is slow and thoughtful, yet is made serenely beautiful in Becker's glowing performance ... Fascinating, and I do recommend you to try this collection. It really is rewarding' (Gramophone)

'Marvelous, both Reger and Becker balancing the intimate moments with the public ones' (Fanfare, USA)

Gramophone Magazine
Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV614, is slow and thoughtful, yet is made serenely beautiful in Becker's glowing performance. ... the D minor Toccata and Fugue... is superbly articulated and full of colour, while we can hear the "organ effect" from the piano's sustaining pedal, generously applied. The result is just fascinating, and I do recommend you to try this collection. It really is rewarding.

The Guardian
Even though he is always meticulous at reimagining the sonorities in strictly pianistic terms, Reger's transcriptions are generally far more sober than the [Busoni's], especially in the chorale preludes which make up the bulk of both of these discs.

Sunday Times
On each disc, a group of chorale preludes (16 altogether) is bookended by mighty preludes and fugues: in D, E flat (St Anne), E minor (The Wedge), and the Toccata and Fugue in D minor, sounding pleasantly free of bombast.



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in D major, BWV 532
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2008-09/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orgelbüchlein
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2008-09/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713-1715

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orgelbüchlein
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2008-09/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713-1715

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orgelbüchlein
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2008-09/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713-1715

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 657
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2008-09/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2008-09/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Vor deinen Thron tret'ich hiermit, BWV 668
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2008-09/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Valet will ich dir geben, BWV 736
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2008-09/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1715

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orgelbüchlein
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2008-09/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713-1715

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 730
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2008-09/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1751

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orgelbüchlein
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2008-09/05/2008)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713-1715

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in E flat major, BWV 552 "St. Anne"
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2008-09/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1739

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in E minor, BWV 548 "Wedge"
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2008-09/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christ lag in Todes Banden (IV), chorale setting for organ (Körner Choralvorspiele, doubtful), BWV d
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2008-09/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1848

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1124
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2008-09/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713-1715

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2008-09/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasia super Komm, heiliger Geist, BWV 651
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2008-09/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2008-09/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orgelbüchlein
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2008-09/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713-1715

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565
  • Performer: Markus Becker (Piano)
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/01/2008-09/05/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1708