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J.S. Bach: Toccatas / Amandine Savary, piano

Notes & Reviews:

At the age of 20, in 1705, Johann Sebastian Bach walked to Lubeck in northern Germany, from Weimar, to meet the great organist Dietrich Buxtehude. At the time Buxtehude was the undisputed master of the organ. The young Bach studied and played in all of the styles then prevalent in the various German courts. Most experts consider this era the high water mark of Baroque music throughout Europe.

The style of music, known as "Stylus Phantasticus", was imported to Germany by the Italian Frescobaldi and through his student Froberger to Buxtehude and then to Bach. The "Stylus Phantasticus" was suited exclusively to instrumental music and encouraged improvisation and virtuosic keyboard flights.

This style is found in Bach's earlier works from this period and specifically in his keyboard Toccatas BWV 910-916, featured on this recording. While not composed as a group they were published together after Bach's death in 1750.

Armandine Savary is the pianist of the Dali Trio. She has selected these impressive works for her first solo recording. Her expression in this repertoire and mastery of the keyboard is extraordinary and sensitive. While it may have fallen out of fashion her playing of Bach on the piano provides great moments of emotion.


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