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Bach Transcribed - Godowsky, Petri, Saint-Saëns, Siloti / Alessio Bax

Album Summary

>Godowsky, Leopold : Sonata No 1 in G minor, transcription for piano (after Bach's BWV 1001)
>Petri, Egon : Arrangement for piano of Bach's "Sheep may safely graze"
>Siloti, Alexander : Air, transcription in D major for piano (after Bach, BWV 1068)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
>Siloti, Alexander : Andante, transcription for piano in A minor (after Bach, BWV 1003)
>Siloti, Alexander : Siciliano, transcription for piano (after Bach, BWV 1031)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166)
>Bax, Alessio [Piano] : Largo, transcription for piano (after Bach's Keyboard Concerto in F minor)
>Godowsky, Leopold : Bourree, transcription for piano (after Bach's Cello Suite no 3 in C major)
>Busoni, Ferruccio : Chaconne, transcription for piano in D minor (after J. S. Bach, BWV 1004), KiV B24
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Notes & Reviews:

It is a sign of the brilliance of J.S. Bach that great pianists have chosen to recreate and reinterpret his works in so many ways. From Wilhelm Kempff's subtle resetting of 'Wachet Auf' to Ferruccio Busoni's virtuosic grandeur in the 'Violin Partita Chaconne', these performances by star pianist Alessio Bax capture the reverence and resplendence of Bach's music in thirteen great transcriptions. Alessio Bax is universally praised for his lyrical playing and insightful interpretations. On April 23rd he was awarded the Avery Fischer Career Grant for 2009, presented once a year to talented instrumentalists who show great potential for solo careers, following in the footsteps of previous winners Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn and Gil Shaham.

"Bax astonishes along with the best of them. His well-chosen program is bookended by two major works of inordinate technical difficulty: Leopold Godowsky's transcription of the First Violin Sonata and Busoni's monumental Chaconne from Partita No. 1. In both, Bax shows great control and a rare ability to "terrace" contrasting dynamic levels, even at fast tempos... In short, this disc is a must." -Fanfare



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Works Details

>Godowsky, Leopold : Sonata No 1 in G minor, transcription for piano (after Bach's BWV 1001)
  • Performer: Alessio Bax (Piano)
  • Notes: Théâtre Saint-Bourges (11/19/2008-11/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Petri, Egon : Arrangement for piano of Bach's "Sheep may safely graze"
  • Performer: Alessio Bax (Piano)
  • Notes: Théâtre Saint-Bourges (11/19/2008-11/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Siloti, Alexander : Air, transcription in D major for piano (after Bach, BWV 1068)
  • Performer: Alessio Bax (Piano)
  • Notes: Théâtre Saint-Bourges (11/19/2008-11/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 :: Gavotte (Tempo di Borea)
  • Performer: Alessio Bax (Piano)
  • Notes: Théâtre Saint-Bourges (11/19/2008-11/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Siloti, Alexander : Andante, transcription for piano in A minor (after Bach, BWV 1003)
  • Performer: Alessio Bax (Piano)
  • Notes: Théâtre Saint-Bourges (11/19/2008-11/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Siloti, Alexander : Siciliano, transcription for piano (after Bach, BWV 1031)
  • Performer: Alessio Bax (Piano)
  • Notes: Théâtre Saint-Bourges (11/19/2008-11/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166) :: Zion hört die Wächter singen
  • Performer: Alessio Bax (Piano)
  • Notes: Théâtre Saint-Bourges (11/19/2008-11/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 11/25/1731

>Bax, Alessio [Piano] : Largo, transcription for piano (after Bach's Keyboard Concerto in F minor)
  • Performer: Alessio Bax (Piano)
  • Notes: Théâtre Saint-Bourges (11/19/2008-11/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Godowsky, Leopold : Bourreé, transcription for piano (after Bach's Cello Suite no 3 in C major)
  • Performer: Alessio Bax (Piano)
  • Notes: Théâtre Saint-Bourges (11/19/2008-11/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Busoni, Ferruccio : Chaconne, transcription for piano in D minor (after J. S. Bach, BWV 1004), KiV B24
  • Performer: Alessio Bax (Piano)
  • Notes: Théâtre Saint-Bourges (11/19/2008-11/21/2008)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1893