Bach: Brandenburg Concertos; Shostakovich: Preludes Op. 87 / Ensemble Caprice

Album Summary

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 7 in A major, Op. 87/7
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 18 in F minor, Op. 87/18
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 4 in E minor, Op. 87/4
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 5 in D major, Op. 87/5
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 2 in A minor, Op. 87/2
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 11 in B major, Op. 87/11
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051
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Notes & Reviews:

When J.S .Bach sent his carefully handwritten score of Six Concerts à plusieurs instruments to the margrave of Brandenburg in 1721, he could never have imagined that these pieces would become the most famous concertos of the Baroque period, a success perhaps only paralleled by that of Antonio Vivaldi's legendary violin concertos The Four Seasons.

In his dedication to the margrave of Brandenburg, Bach presented himself on the surface as the nobleman's very humble and very obedient servant. This was standard practice, acquiescing to the strict hierarchical rules of the period according to which the nobility was considered to belong to the sphere of the gods; subordinate duties were left to people of lower social status, like musicians. However a closer look at the music itself reveals a strikingly different picture and one wonders if the full extent of its ramifications was actually understood by the dedicatee.

But what does Dmitri Shostakovich have to do with Bach's music? When the Russian composer adjudicated at the International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig in 1950, he was deeply impressed by Bach's two collections of the Well-tempered Clavier. Upon returning to Moscow, Shostakovich was inspired to compose his own cycle of preludes and fugues in all 24 keys. The rhythmic flow in his independent melodic lines seems to imitate Bach's, thereby adding a great sense of direction to both the preludes and the fugues.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St-Augustin de Mirabel Church, Quebec, Canada (09/2011).



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>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 7 in A major, Op. 87/7
  • Performers: Louis Bergeron (Natural Horn); Louis-Philippe Marsolais (Natural Horn); Matthew Jennejohn (Oboe); Olivier Brault (Violin)
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950-1951

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046
  • Performers: Louis Bergeron (Natural Horn); Louis-Philippe Marsolais (Natural Horn); Matthew Jennejohn (Oboe); Olivier Brault (Violin)
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 15 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 18 in F minor, Op. 87/18
  • Performers: Matthew Jennejohn (Oboe); Matthias Maute (Recorder); Josh Cohen (Trumpet); Olivier Brault (Violin)
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950-1951

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047
  • Performers: Matthew Jennejohn (Oboe); Matthias Maute (Recorder); Josh Cohen (Trumpet); Olivier Brault (Violin)
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 4 in E minor, Op. 87/4
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950-1951

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 8 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 5 in D major, Op. 87/5
  • Performers: Sophie Lariviere (Recorder); Matthias Maute (Recorder); Olivier Brault (Violin)
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950-1951

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049
  • Performers: Sophie Lariviere (Recorder); Matthias Maute (Recorder); Olivier Brault (Violin)
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 13 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 2 in A minor, Op. 87/2
  • Performers: Erin Helyard (Harpsichord); Olivier Brault (Violin)
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 1 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950-1951

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050
  • Performers: Erin Helyard (Harpsichord); Olivier Brault (Violin)
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 18 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 11 in B major, Op. 87/11
  • Performers: Olivier Brault (Viola); Pemi Paull (Viola)
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950-1951

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051
  • Performers: Olivier Brault (Viola); Pemi Paull (Viola)
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 13 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Prelude & Fugue for piano no 7 in A major, Op. 87/7
  • Conductor: Matthias Maute
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Caprice
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950-1951