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J.S. Bach: Transcriptions for orchestra by Respighi and Elgar / Seattle SO

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 752
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for organ (Schubler Chorale no 1), BWV 645 (BC K22
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for violin & continuo in E minor, BWV 1023
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in D major, BWV 532
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasie and Fugue for Organ in C minor, BWV 537

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 752
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for organ (Schubler Chorale no 1), BWV 645 (BC K22
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for violin & continuo in E minor, BWV 1023
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in D major, BWV 532
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasie and Fugue for Organ in C minor, BWV 537
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Respighi had always been committed to the art of transcription, arranging Bach's Violin Sonata in E minor in 1908-09 with acute perception. This was followed during 1929 and 1930 by even greater and more resplendent Bach settings. The powerful sense of orchestral color acquired during his training under Rimsky-Korsakov is heard to bold yet subtle effect in the Three Chorale Preludes. The Prelude and Fugue in D major is even more gloriously lavish, drawing on the full resources of the modern symphony orchestra, as does the brilliantly realized Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor. Edward Elgar's transcription is a work of sustained grandeur and rich musical intensity.

David's Review Corner
They are able to stand on their own feet in such new clothes, but I am less sure of the Sonata for Violin and Continuo where the continuo is replaced by sumptuous organ and strings. Elgar, on the other hand, was an organist by training, yet wanted to appeal to an English audience attuned to the pomp of his now highly popular scores. He certainly didn't disappoint them timpani and bass drum thundering out as we reach the massive conclusion of the Fugue. The Finnish-born violinist, Ilkka Talvi, is the very nimble soloist in the sonata, the Seattle Orchestra having the warmth and weight to bring these pieces of musical history to life. The 1990's recordings, once issued on Delos, have the requisite rounded sonority.

American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Whenever you come across a Stokowski recording of Bach - especially if it's in good sound - you have found a treasure. This is not on that level, but the orchestra plays well, and the sound is good. The recordings date to around 1990.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Seattle Opera House, Seattle, WA.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Ensemble: Seattle Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 752
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1748-1749

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for organ (Schübler Chorale no 1), BWV 645 (BC K22
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1748-1749

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for violin & continuo in E minor, BWV 1023
  • Performer: Ilkka Talvi (Violin)
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Running Time: 9 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1714-1717

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue for Organ in D major, BWV 532
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Running Time: 10 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1710

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Running Time: 15 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1708-1712

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasie and Fugue for Organ in C minor, BWV 537
  • Conductor: Gerard Schwarz
  • Notes: Seattle Opera House, Seattle, WA (01/01/1990/01/08/1991)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: after 1723