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Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
>     Praeludium
>     Menuets 1 & 2
>     Giga
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 3 in G minor, BWV 808
>     Gavotte 1 - Gavotte 2 ou la musette
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816
>     Allemande
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009
>     Bourreé 1 & 2
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 6 in D major, BWV 1012
>     Gavottes 1-2
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Work(s)
>     Unspecified Prelude in D Minor
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
>     Badinerie
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050
>     Allegro
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
>     Prelude
>     Fugue
>     Prelude
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048
>     Allegro
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
>     Bourreé
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fugue for organ in G minor ("Little"), BWV 578 (BC J66)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049
>     Presto
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Oboe in D minor, BWV 1059
>     Siciliano
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 4 in E flat major, BWV 815
>     Gavotte en rondeau
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in E flat major, BWV 1031
>     Siciliano
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Minuet for keyboard no 36 in D minor (AMN II/36; doubtful), BWV Anh. 132
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Bist du bei mir, aria arranged for voice & continuo (after Gottfried Stölzel), BWV 508

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 3 in G minor, BWV 808
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 6 in D major, BWV 1012
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Work(s)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fugue for organ in G minor ("Little"), BWV 578 (BC J66)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Oboe in D minor, BWV 1059
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 4 in E flat major, BWV 815
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in E flat major, BWV 1031
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Minuet for keyboard no 36 in D minor (AMN II/36; doubtful), BWV Anh. 132
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Bist du bei mir, aria arranged for voice & continuo (after Gottfried Stölzel), BWV 508
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer
Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano); Howard Collins, Celedonio Romero, Pepe Romero (guitar); Maria Graf (harp); Henryk Szeryng (violin); William Bennett , Jean-Pierre Rampal , Irena Grafenauer (flute); Michala Petri, Elisabeth Selin (recorder); Heinz Holliger (oboe); Friedrich Gulda, Sviatoslav Richter (piano); George Malcolm (harpsichord).

Whether or not one accepts the premise that playing Bach to an infant is the equivalent of planting seeds in the child's mental garden, this disc offers an entertaining program. Concentrating on shorter, lighter movements, the disc shows the quick and nimble side of Bach, performed in a wide variety of styles ranging from the classical earnestness of legendary pianist Sviatoslav Richter to the jazz-influenced arrangements of John Lewis and the unabashedly hokey Dixieland tootling of the Canadian Brass.

There's a lot of good material here, and this could indeed serve as a worthy introduction to Bach for children. Interestingly, the program concludes with the wonderfully serene aria from the Anna Magdalena Bach book, 'Bist du bei mir,' which is now believed to be the work of another composer. Whether this will have any effect on the youngsters remains to be seen.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 :: Praeludium
  • Performer: Jean Steuerman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 :: Menuets 1 & 2
  • Performer: Jean Steuerman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 3 in G minor, BWV 808 :: Gavotte 1 - Gavotte 2 ou la musette
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816 :: Allemande
  • Performer: Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1722.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009 :: Bourreé 1 & 2
  • Performer: Pepe Romero (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 6 in D major, BWV 1012 :: Gavottes 1-2
  • Performer: Celedonio Romero (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Work(s) :: Unspecified Prelude in D Minor
  • Performer: Celedonio Romero (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1700-1750

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 :: Badinerie
  • Performer: William Bennett (Flute)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 :: Allegro
  • Performers: Jean-Pierre Rampal (Flute); George Malcolm (Harpsichord); Henryk Szeryng (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869 :: Prelude
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869 :: Fugue
  • Performer: Howard Collins (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869
  • Ensemble: Canadian Brass
  • Running Time: 2 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 :: Allegro
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 :: Bourreé
  • Performer: Celedonio Romero (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 :: Giga
  • Performer: Jean Steuerman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fugue for organ in G minor ("Little"), BWV 578 (BC J66)
  • Ensemble: Canadian Brass
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1707

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049 :: Presto
  • Performers: Michala Petri (Recorder); Elizabeth Selin (Recorder); Henryk Szeryng (Violin)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 5 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869 :: Prelude
  • Performer: Friedrich Gulda (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Oboe in D minor, BWV 1059 :: Siciliano
  • Performer: Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1970

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 4 in E flat major, BWV 815 :: Gavotte en rondeau
  • Performer: Maria Graf (Harp)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1722.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in E flat major, BWV 1031 :: Siciliano
  • Performers: Maria Graf (Harp); Irena Grafenauer (Flute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730-1734

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Minuet for keyboard no 36 in D minor (AMN II/36; doubtful), BWV Anh. 132
  • Performer: Celedonio Romero (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1725

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Bist du bei mir, aria arranged for voice & continuo (after Gottfried Stölzel), BWV 508
  • Performer: Kiri Te Kanawa
  • Conductor: Barry Rose
  • Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1722-1725