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JS Bach: Toccatas, BWV 910-916 / Stepan Simonia, piano

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> Toccata in F sharp minor, BWV 910 - Toccata in F sharp minor, BWV 910
> Toccata in C minor, BWV 911 - Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
> Toccata in D major, BWV 912 - Toccata in D major, BWV 912
> Toccata in D minor, BWV 913 - Toccata in D minor, BWV 913
> Toccata in E minor, BWV 914 - Toccata in E minor, BWV 914
> Toccata in G minor, BWV 915 - Toccata in G minor, BWV 915
> Toccata in G major, BWV 916 - Toccata in G major, BWV 916

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata in F minor, BWV 910
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata in D major, BWV 912
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue in E minor
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata in G minor, BWV 915
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata in G major, BWV 916
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Wild, impetuous, rocking, fantastic - in short, Stepan Simonian playing J.S. Bach! All seven Bach Toccatas for piano are on this CD, works that have led a wallflower existence compared to other Bach keyboard works. When one listens closely to the virtuoso playing of the 2010 Bach Prize winner the music flashes and sparkles and polished details are presented to the delighted listener.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Simonian plays well; his tone - slightly mellow, never brassy or overwrought - works quite well for Bach. The performances themselves are fine: all the tempos work. The fast tempos are often appropriate, and he plays one of the fastest (and most convincing) closings for the D major I've ever heard, but he's also too fast in the concluding fugue for the F-sharp minor Toccata (then again, he's in good company). His articulation es in only a little of the sempre non legato left hand approach that most pianists think makes the music sound Baroque. The interpretations are usually very no-nonsense, with expressive points made simply but effectively (two exceptions: the flippant final fugue from the E-minor Toccata and the musical points he makes in the opening of the D minor one, which are too blatant). I might quibble that the music doesn't sound exactly like a young virtuoso's music - which it is - but on balance this release strikes me as one of the more exciting accounts of Bach's toccatas on piano.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rolf Liebermann Studio, NDR, Hamburg, Germany (11/07/2011-11/09/2011).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata in F minor, BWV 910
  • Performer: Stepan Simonian (Piano)
  • Notes: Rolf Liebermann Studio, NDR, Hamburg, Germany (11/07/2011-11/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1712

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
  • Performer: Stepan Simonian (Piano)
  • Notes: Rolf Liebermann Studio, NDR, Hamburg, Germany (11/07/2011-11/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1714

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata in D major, BWV 912
  • Performer: Stepan Simonian (Piano)
  • Notes: Rolf Liebermann Studio, NDR, Hamburg, Germany (11/07/2011-11/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
  • Performer: Stepan Simonian (Piano)
  • Notes: Rolf Liebermann Studio, NDR, Hamburg, Germany (11/07/2011-11/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1708

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue in E minor
  • Performer: Stepan Simonian (Piano)
  • Notes: Rolf Liebermann Studio, NDR, Hamburg, Germany (11/07/2011-11/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata in G minor, BWV 915
  • Performer: Stepan Simonian (Piano)
  • Notes: Rolf Liebermann Studio, NDR, Hamburg, Germany (11/07/2011-11/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata in G major, BWV 916
  • Performer: Stepan Simonian (Piano)
  • Notes: Rolf Liebermann Studio, NDR, Hamburg, Germany (11/07/2011-11/09/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1714