Bach: Préludes et autres fantaisies / Violaine Cochard

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : 2eme suite anglaise en la mineur, BWV 809
>     Prélude
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata in D minor, BWV 964
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fughetta in G major, BWV 902
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 11 in G minor, BWV 797
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude (Fantasia), for keyboard in A minor, BWV 922 (BC L141)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : 1ere Partita en si bemol majeur, BWV 825
>     Gigue
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude for Lute in C minor, BWV 999
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 906
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard no 5 in E flat major, BWV 791 (BC L46)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : 2eme Partita en do mineur, BWV 826
>     Capriccio
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in F minor, BWV 881 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite en fa mineur, BWV 823
>     Sarabande

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : 2eme suite anglaise en la mineur, BWV 809
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata in D minor, BWV 964
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fughetta in G major, BWV 902
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 11 in G minor, BWV 797
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude (Fantasia), for keyboard in A minor, BWV 922 (BC L141)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : 1ere Partita en si bemol majeur, BWV 825
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude for Lute in C minor, BWV 999
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 906
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard no 5 in E flat major, BWV 791 (BC L46)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : 2eme Partita en do mineur, BWV 826
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in F minor, BWV 881 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite en fa mineur, BWV 823
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On this disc from Agogique, harpsichordist Violaine Cochard plays a selection of works by Johann Sebastian Bach including movements from the Suites as well as smaller, standalone works. The artist's intention was to create a 'recital' that is both diverse and coherent, including examples of the various writing processes and genres of which Bach was particularly found, such as traditional counterpoint, fantasias and dances. The recording's inspiration was an instrument - an original eighteenth century harpsichord made by the great maker Joannes Daniel Dulcken. The unique timbre, brilliance and refinement that are hallmarks of Dulcken's instruments impart their own special flavor to Bach's timeless music.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Cochard is an accomplished and musically inspired performer with a wide range: the Adagio in D minor (S 964) unfolds with great freedom, sometimes approaching the spontaneity of an unmeasured prelude. Her performance of the D-minor Toccata is another highlight: it has the sudden fits and starts that fit its stylus phantasticus roots. Cochard adds immeasurably to the instrument's sound with her elegant articulation and artful staggering in the toccata's first slow movement. The second slow movement includes seemingly endless repetitions of the same figure (and reminds me very much of Buxtehude). In performance, it often gives the impression that it's one of Bach's more colossal compositional gaffes; here, however, it sounds lovely because Cochard varies the arpeggiation of the accompanying chords to produce the maximum possible variety. She also has a flair for genuine cantabile playing (Prelude in G, S 902 with its fughetta, which also appears, varied, in WTC II), and her deliciously languorous performances of the G-minor and E-flat-major sinfonias are unusually sophisticated. To top things off, her reading of the A-minor Fantasy (S 922) is the best I've heard since Blandine Verlet's on AstrTe (May/June 1996 - alas, deleted). A superior release.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France (06/29/2010-07/01/2010).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : 2ème suite anglaise en la mineur, BWV 809 :: Prélude
  • Performer: Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France (06/29/2010-07/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata in D minor, BWV 964
  • Performer: Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France (06/29/2010-07/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1754

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813
  • Performer: Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France (06/29/2010-07/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fughetta in G major, BWV 902
  • Performer: Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France (06/29/2010-07/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 11 in G minor, BWV 797
  • Performer: Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France (06/29/2010-07/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude (Fantasia), for keyboard in A minor, BWV 922 (BC L141)
  • Performer: Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France (06/29/2010-07/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1714

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : 1ère Partita en si bémol majeur, BWV 825 :: Gigue
  • Performer: Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France (06/29/2010-07/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude for Lute in C minor, BWV 999
  • Performer: Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France (06/29/2010-07/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 906
  • Performer: Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France (06/29/2010-07/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1704

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard no 5 in E flat major, BWV 791 (BC L46)
  • Performer: Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France (06/29/2010-07/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : 2ème Partita en do mineur, BWV 826 :: Capriccio
  • Performer: Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France (06/29/2010-07/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue in F minor, BWV 881 (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2)
  • Performer: Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France (06/29/2010-07/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite en fa mineur, BWV 823 :: Sarabande
  • Performer: Violaine Cochard (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Temple St. Pierre, Paris, France (06/29/2010-07/01/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1715