Bach, J.S.: Italian Concerto; French Overture; Aria Variata

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1 Partita (French Overture) For Harpsichord in B Minor, BWV 831 - 1. Ouverture 12:53 96/24 Album only
2 Partita (French Overture) For Harpsichord in B Minor, BWV 831 - 2. Courante 01:53 96/24 Album only
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7 Partita (French Overture) For Harpsichord in B Minor, BWV 831 - 7. Gigue 02:17 96/24 Album only
8 Partita (French Overture) For Harpsichord in B Minor, BWV 831 - 8. Echo 02:47 96/24 Album only
9 Aria variata alla maniera italiana, in A Minor, BWV 989 - Aria 01:53 96/24 Album only
10 Aria variata alla maniera italiana, in A Minor, BWV 989 - Variatio I. Largo 01:29 96/24 Album only
11 Aria variata alla maniera italiana, in A Minor, BWV 989 - Variatio II 01:00 96/24 Album only
12 Aria variata alla maniera italiana, in A Minor, BWV 989 - Variatio III 00:58 96/24 Album only
13 Aria variata alla maniera italiana, in A Minor, BWV 989 - Variatio IV. Allegro 01:01 96/24 Album only
14 Aria variata alla maniera italiana, in A Minor, BWV 989 - Variatio V. Un poco allegro 01:06 96/24 Album only
15 Aria variata alla maniera italiana, in A Minor, BWV 989 - Variatio VI. Andante 01:34 96/24 Album only
16 Aria variata alla maniera italiana, in A Minor, BWV 989 - Variatio VII. Un poco allegro 01:09 96/24 Album only
17 Aria variata alla maniera italiana, in A Minor, BWV 989 - Variatio VIII. Allegro 00:52 96/24 Album only
18 Aria variata alla maniera italiana, in A Minor, BWV 989 - Variatio IX 00:52 96/24 Album only
19 Aria variata alla maniera italiana, in A Minor, BWV 989 - Variatio X 02:12 96/24 Album only
20 Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974 - for Harpsichord/Arranged by Bach from: Oboe Concerto in D minor by Alessandro Marcello (1685-1750) - 1. Allegro 02:29 96/24 Album only
21 Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974 - for Harpsichord/Arranged by Bach from: Oboe Concerto in D minor by Alessandro Marcello (1685-1750) - 2. Adagio 03:51 96/24 Album only
22 Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974 - for Harpsichord/Arranged by Bach from: Oboe Concerto in D minor by Alessandro Marcello (1685-1750) - 3. Presto 03:43 96/24 Album only
23 Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971 - 1. (Allegro) 03:41 96/24 Album only
24 Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971 - 2. Andante 04:46 96/24 Album only
25 Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971 - 3. Presto 03:40 96/24 Album only

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):
French Overture (Partita) in B minor, BWV 831
Aria variata alla maniera italiana in A minor, BWV 989
Concerto in D minor, BWV 974
Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971

Vladimir Ashkenazy, piano

Significantly, the focus of J.S. Bach’s obituary is almost exclusively on his life as a keyboard player. There is a brief mention of the cantatas, Passions, concertos and the Mass, but with no details matching those of him as a keyboardist — learning to play as a child, developing a career as an adult. Rather, and at considerable length, it tells of his great fame as a player — on harpsichord (before the King of Saxony in Dresden), on organ (before enthusiastic audiences) and even on piano (before the King of Prussia in Potsdam).

However difficult and complex some of his keyboard music was, particularly for the time, it remains wonderfully practical, playable (with practice!) and is, in the way the hands move, positively palpable for the player. It is a unique repertory. The four works recorded here show Bach in various guises as a versatile keyboardist: a young man imitating his elders (BWV 989), an energetic arranger of the new Italian concertos (BWV 974), and as a mature composer of astonishing originality and suavity (BWV 831 and 971).

Recorded October 28 & 29, 2013 at Potton Hall in Suffolk, UK.

Producer: Jeremy Hayes
Recording and editing engineer: Ben Connellan