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Bach: The Toccatas / Angela Hewitt

Album Summary

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

"...Everything is delightfully devoid of pedantry or over-emphasis; few pianists have worn their enviable expertise in Bach more lightly... In the F sharp minor Toccata everything is meticulously graded, and in the dazzling D major Toccata, which so fittingly closes her programme, not even Bach's most ebullient virtuosity can induce her to rush; everything emerges with a clarity that never excludes expressive beauty... Hyperion's sound is superb." -Gramophone

'Her performances could hardly be more stylish or impeccable, more vital or refined; and, as a crowning touch, Hyperion's sound is superb' (Gramophone)

'Exquisite playing... This disc reinforces Hewitt's position as one of the supreme Bach interpreters and provides the ideal entry point for newcomers to her' (Music Week)

'Interpretations of the highest quality... For sheer virtuosity she makes us hold our breath at the combination of clarity, dynamic variety and structural comprehension, which is faultlessly conveyed' (Musical Opinion)

'This album is now the benchmark recording of these works on the piano' (Goldberg)

'imaginative and exciting performances' (The Observer)

'Angela Hewitt's intelligent virtuosity, stylish command and uncluttered musicianship not only serve the composer well, but also prove how vibrant and expressive the toccatas can and should sound on the modern concert grand' (BBC Music Magazine)

'In Hewitt's hands [the toccatas] evince a molten quality that places the listener in close proximity to the act of composition' (International Record Review)

'She succeeds remarkably in giving each work a differently slanted emotional colour, while every detail emerges with glittering definition... a fine disc' (Pianist)

'faultless articulation and sensitive phrasing' (Classic FM Magazine)

'She proves once again that she is an exemplary exponent of Bach's keyboard music on the piano, making these complex pieces flow with uninterrupted inspiration' (The Independent)

'Like the music itself, the performances brim with that improvisatory spontaneity that is the hallmark of this player's style' (The Sunday Times)

'There is much brilliant playing here... the total impression is of interpretations that are superbly performed, clean, clear and serious' (International Piano)

'interpretations that are first class from beginning to end' (Fanfare, USA)

'This disc is a delight from start to finish, a disc to lift the saddest of spirits' (BBCi)

'La pianiste possède en effet une très belle sonorité, travaillée et personelle' (Classica, France)

'Hewitt brings a sublime grace and thoroughly musical fluidity to Bach's endlessly creative writing... fabulously involving and beautifully performed' (HMV Choice)

'a lovely tone, a seamless legato, some delicious dissonances - perfectly gauged and subtly nuanced - and some probing recitatives' (American Record Guide)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
As Angela Hewitt tells us in her exemplary accompanying essay, Bach's Toccatas were inspired by Buxtehude's 'stylus fantasticus - a very unrestrained and free way of composing, using dramatic and extravagant rhetorical gestures'. For Wanda Landowska, they seemed initially 'incoherent and disparate' and it takes an exceptional artist to make such wonders both stand out and unite.

Yet Angela Hewitt - always responsive to such a teasing mix of discipline and wildness - presents even the most audacious surprises with a superb and unfaltering sense of balance and perspective. Time and again she shows us that it's possible to be personal and characterful without resorting to self-serving and distorting idiosyncrasy.

Everything is delightfully devoid of pedantry or over-emphasis; few pianists have worn their enviable expertise in Bach more lightly. In the F sharp minor Toccata everything is meticulously graded, and in the dazzling D major Toccata, which so fittingly closes her programme, not even Bach's most ebullient virtuosity can induce her to rush; everything emerges with a clarity that never excludes expressive beauty.

Her performances could hardly be more stylish or impeccable, more vital or refined; and, as a crowning touch, Hyperion's sound is superb



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/15/2002-01/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1714

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata in G major, BWV 916
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/15/2002-01/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1714

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata in F minor, BWV 910
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/15/2002-01/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1712

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue in E minor
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/15/2002-01/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/15/2002-01/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1708

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata in G minor, BWV 915
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/15/2002-01/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata in D major, BWV 912
  • Performer: Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London, England (01/15/2002-01/18/2002)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710