Bach: Two and Three Part Inventions

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Bach: Two and Three Part Inventions 49:59 $24.98
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1 Invention No. 1 in C Major, BWV 772 00:01:32 176/24 Album only
2 Sinfonia No. 1 in C Major, BWV 787 00:00:45 176/24 Album only
3 Invention No. 2 in C minor, BWV 773 00:02:55 176/24 Album only
4 Sinfonia No. 2 in C minor, BWV 788 00:03:02 176/24 Album only
5 Invention No. 5 in E-flat Major, BVW 776 00:01:22 176/24 Album only
6 Sinfonia No. 5 in E-flat Major, BWV 791 00:03:06 176/24 Album only
7 Invention No. 14 in B-flat Major, BWV 785 00:01:37 176/24 Album only
8 Sinfonia No. 14 in B-flat Major, BWV 800 00:01:09 176/24 Album only
9 Invention No. 11 in G minor, BWV 782 00:00:55 176/24 Album only
10 Sinfonia No. 11 in G minor, BWV 797 00:03:44 176/24 Album only
11 Invention No. 10 in G Major, BVW 781 00:00:40 176/24 Album only
12 Sinfonia No. 10 in G Major, BWV 796 00:00:57 176/24 Album only
13 Invention No. 15 in B minor, BWV 786 00:00:52 176/24 Album only
14 Sinfonia No. 15 in B minor, BWV 801 00:01:03 176/24 Album only
15 Invention No. 7 in E minor, BWV 778 00:00:55 176/24 Album only
16 Sinfonia No. 7 in E minor, BWV 793 00:01:31 176/24 Album only
17 Invention No. 6 in E Major, BWV 777 00:02:42 176/24 Album only
18 Sinfonia No. 6 in E Major, BWV 792 00:00:49 176/24 Album only
19 Invention No. 13 in A minor, BWV 784 00:00:45 176/24 Album only
20 Sinfonia No. 13 in A minor, BWV 799 00:02:14 176/24 Album only
21 Invention No. 12 in A Major, BWV 783 00:00:56 176/24 Album only
22 Sinfonia No. 12 in A Major, BWV 798 00:01:15 176/24 Album only
23 Invention No. 3 in D Major, BWV 774 00:01:00 176/24 Album only
24 Sinfonia No. 3 in D Major, BWV 789 00:01:06 176/24 Album only
25 Invention No. 4 in D minor, BWV 775 00:00:45 176/24 Album only
26 Sinfonia No. 4 in D minor, BWV 790 00:03:14 176/24 Album only
27 Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779 00:01:04 176/24 Album only
28 Sinfonia No. 8 in F Major, BWV 794 00:00:58 176/24 Album only
29 Invention No. 9 in F minor, BWV 780 00:02:49 176/24 Album only
30 Sinfonia No. 9 in F minor, BWV 795 00:04:17 176/24 Album only

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℗ Originally released 1966 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Glenn Gould recorded all of Bach's keyboard works for Columbia between 1955 and 1981; many consider these recordings to be works of unparalleled genius.  Bach's Two- and Three-Part Inventions, BWV 772-801, were recorded March 18-19, 1964 at Columbia's 30th Street Studio in New York City.  His absolutely transparent voicing and dynamic control make for exquisite performances, accompanied (as always on his recordings of Bach) by his humming along with the music.

Gould painstakingly studied Bach's manuscripts and even modified the piano (the legendary Steinway "CD 318") to approximate the timbre and action of a harpsichord.  Gould explained:

CD 318 has undergone major surgery.  The alignment of such essential mechanical matters as the distance of the hammer from the strings, the 'after-touch' mechanisms, etc. has been earnestly reconsidered in accordance with my sober conviction that no piano need feel duty-bound to always sound like a pinao.  Old 318, if released from its natural tendency in that direction, could probably be prevailed upon to give us a sound of such immediacy and clarity that those qualities of non-legato so essential to Bach would be gleefully realized.

In my opinion, the present disc brings us within reach of this objective.  The operation performed just before the sessions which produced the 'Inventions' was so successful that we plunged joyfully into the recording without allowing old 318 its usual post-operative recuperation.  Consequently, our enthusiasm for the rather extraordinary sound it now possessed allowed us to minimize the one minor after-effect which it had sustained - a slight nervous tic in the middle register which in slower passages can be heard emitting a sort of hiccup - and to carry on with the sessions without stopping to remedy this minro defect.  I must confess that having grown somewhat accustomed to it I now find this charming idiosynncrasy entirely worthy of the remarkable instrument which produced it.  I might even rationalize the matter by comparing it with the clavichord's propensity for intra-tone vibrato.  However, in our best of all worlds we would hope to preserve the present sound while reducing the hiccup effect so, as the television card says on those occasions when sound and video portions go their separate ways - "STAY TUNED IN - WE'RE FIXING IT."

Original Producer: Paul Myers
Recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York City, March 18-19, 1964.
Produced for SACD by Louise de la Fuente & Dixon Van Winkle.
Engineered for SACD by Dixon Van Winkle
DSD Authoring Engineers: Nozomi Kawakatsu & Keiji Kakizaki