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J.S. Bach: Inventions and Sinfonias, BWV 772-801 / Zhu Xiao-Mei, piano

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  1. Bach — Invention No. 1 in C Major, BWV 772 $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Bach — Invention No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 773 $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Bach — Invention No. 3 in D Major, BWV 774 $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Bach — Invention No. 4 in D Minor, BWV 775 $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Bach — Invention No. 5 in E-Flat Major, BWV 776 $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Bach — Invention No. 6 in E Major, BWV 777 $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Bach — Invention No. 7 in E Minor, BWV 778 $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Bach — Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779 $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Bach — Invention No. 9 in F Minor, BWV 780 $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Bach — Invention No. 10 in G Major, BWV 781 $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Bach — Invention No. 11 in G Minor, BWV 782 $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Bach — Invention No. 12 in A Major, BWV 783 $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Bach — Invention No. 13 in A Minor, BWV 784 $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Bach — Invention No. 14 in B-Flat Major, BWV 785 $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Bach — Invention No. 15 in B Minor, BWV 786 $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Bach — Sinfonia No. 1 in C Major, BWV 787 $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Bach — Sinfonia No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 788 $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Bach — Sinfonia No. 3 in D Major, BWV 789 $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Bach — Sinfonia No. 4 in D Minor, BWV 790 $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Bach — Sinfonia No. 5 in E-Flat Major, BWV 791 $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Bach — Sinfonia No. 6 in E Major, BWV 792 $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Bach — Sinfonia No. 7 in E Minor, BWV 793 $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Bach — Sinfonia No. 8 in F Major, BWV 794 $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Bach — Sinfonia No. 9 in F Minor, BWV 795 $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Bach — Sinfonia No. 10 in G Major, BWV 796 $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Bach — Sinfonia No. 11 in G Minor, BWV 797 $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Bach — Sinfonia No. 12 in A Major, BWV 798 $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Bach — Sinfonia No. 13 in A Minor, BWV 799 $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Bach — Sinfonia No. 14 in B-Flat Major, BWV 800 $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Bach — Sinfonia No. 15 in B Minor, BWV 801 $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 1 in C major, BWV 772
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 2 in C minor, BWV 773
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention, for keyboard no 3 in D major, BWV 774 (BC L44)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention, for keyboard no 4 in D minor, BWV 775 (BC L45)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 5 in E flat major, BWV 776
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention, for keyboard no 6 in E major, BWV 777 (BC L47)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 7 in E minor, BWV 778
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 8 in F major, BWV 779
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 9 in F minor, BWV 780
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 10 in G major, BWV 781
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 11 in G minor, BWV 782
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention, for keyboard no 12 in A major, BWV 783 (BC L53)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 13 in A minor, BWV 784
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 14 in B major, BWV 785
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 15 in B minor, BWV 786
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 1 in C major, BWV 787
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard no 2 in C minor, BWV 788 (BC L43)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard no 3 in D major, BWV 789 (BC L44)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 4 in D minor, BWV 790
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard no 5 in E flat major, BWV 791 (BC L46)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard no 6 in E major, BWV 792 (BC L47)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard no 7 in E minor, BWV 793 (BC L48)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 8 in F major, BWV 794
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 9 in F minor, BWV 795
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 10 in G major, BWV 796
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 11 in G minor, BWV 797
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 12 in A major, BWV 798
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 13 in A minor, BWV 799
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 14 in B flat major, BWV 800
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 15 in B minor, BWV 801
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Notes & Reviews:

When Bach composed them, in his last years in Köthen, those pivotal years that were to lead him to Leipzig, he already had an incredible number of masterpieces behind him. He took the trouble to make a beautiful fair copy of this work. It's a product of his maturity. But since these pieces serve as a basic tool for learning the piano, they're inevitably overshadowed by the larger cycles, like The Well-Tempered Clavier, the Goldberg Variations, The Art of Fugue and so on. But that's a mistake, because there's an extraordinary density of music in the Inventions and Sinfonias. Zhu Xiao-Mei

New York Times, 25th November 2015
She follows Bach's instructions to perform in a "cantabile" style, the melodic lines always emerging with crystalline clarity over the counterpoint.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
Zhu's new Bach release is not as heavy as her last outing, The Art of Fugue (Jan/Feb 2015). And like too many pianists. She plays other pieces that should be more moderate at a breathless clip, like the A-minor Invention. This music is better served by other pianists. Among ones of recent vintage, I'd recommend Dinnerstein (May/June 2014). Gould's classic recording (Sept/Oct 1993) has a moments of sublime beauty.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Mendelssohn-Saal, Gewandhaus zu Leipzig (07/2015).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 1 in C major, BWV 772
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 2 in C minor, BWV 773
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention, for keyboard no 3 in D major, BWV 774 (BC L44)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention, for keyboard no 4 in D minor, BWV 775 (BC L45)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 5 in E flat major, BWV 776
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention, for keyboard no 6 in E major, BWV 777 (BC L47)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 7 in E minor, BWV 778
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 8 in F major, BWV 779
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 9 in F minor, BWV 780
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 10 in G major, BWV 781
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 11 in G minor, BWV 782
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention, for keyboard no 12 in A major, BWV 783 (BC L53)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 13 in A minor, BWV 784
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 14 in B major, BWV 785
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 15 in B minor, BWV 786
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 1 in C major, BWV 787
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard no 2 in C minor, BWV 788 (BC L43)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard no 3 in D major, BWV 789 (BC L44)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 4 in D minor, BWV 790
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard no 5 in E flat major, BWV 791 (BC L46)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard no 6 in E major, BWV 792 (BC L47)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard no 7 in E minor, BWV 793 (BC L48)
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 8 in F major, BWV 794
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 9 in F minor, BWV 795
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 10 in G major, BWV 796
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 11 in G minor, BWV 797
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 12 in A major, BWV 798
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 13 in A minor, BWV 799
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 14 in B flat major, BWV 800
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 15 in B minor, BWV 801
  • Performer: Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720