J.S. Bach: The Conductors' Transcriptions

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1 Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 (arr. S. Skrowaczewski): Toccata 3:48 $2.49 Buy
2 Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 (arr. S. Skrowaczewski): Fugue 5:42 $2.49 Buy
3 Cantata, BWV 147: Chorale Prelude, "Jesu bleibet meine Freude" (arr. E. Ormandy): 3:04 $2.49 Buy
4 Chorale Prelude, BWV 727, "Herzlich tut mich verlangen" (arr. E. Leinsdorf) 2:12 $2.49 Buy
5 Suite No. 6: I. Prelude (arr. from J.S. Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude in C sharp 5:06 $2.49 Buy
6 Suite No. 6: II. Lament (arr. from J.S. Bach: Capriccio on the Departure of Hist Most Beloved Brothe 5:39 $2.49 Buy
7 Suite No. 6: III. Scherzo (arr. from J.S. Bach: Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827: Scherzo) 8:15 $2.49 Buy
8 Suite No. 6: IV. Gavotte and Musette (arr. from J.S. Bach: English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV 811: 4:49 $2.49 Buy
9 Suite No. 6: V. Andante mistico (arr. from J.S. Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude in 3:21 $2.49 Buy
10 Suite No. 6: VI. Finale (arr. from Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: Prelude) 4:07 $2.49 Buy
11 Overture (Suite) No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068 (arr. M. Sargent) 2:50 $2.49 Buy
12 Cantata, BWV 208: Schafe konnen sicher weiden (arr. J. Babirolli) 1:37 $2.49 Buy
13 Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 (arr. D. Mitropoulos): Fantasia 3:50 $2.49 Buy
14 Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 (arr. D. Mitropoulos): Fugue 1:16 $2.49 Buy
15 Das Orgel-Buchlein: Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (arr. V. Gui) 2:53 $2.49 Buy
16 Clavierbuchlein, Book II for Anna Magdalena Bach: Aria, BWV 508 (arr. O. Klemperer) 3:32 $2.49 Buy
17 Chorale Prelude, BWV 720, "Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott" (arr. W. Damrosch) 4:22 $2.49 Buy

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Many composers have arranged the music of Bach, but it is rarer to hear conductors’ transcriptions. This novel collection contains works by Bach in sumptuous orchestrations by some of the great interpreters of the twentieth century, including Eric Leinsdorf, Sir Henry Wood, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Sir John Barbirolli, Dimitri Mitropoulos and Otto Klemperer.

Some of these unique arrangements are recorded here for the first time, and other transcriptions are rarely performed, making this collection unique.

The music is highly colourful and very enjoyable, and will delight anyone who appreciates brilliant orchestration as well as demonstration sound.

Leonard Slatkin’s previous disc of composers’ Bach transcriptions received huge critical acclaim. It was an Evening Standard CD Choice and a Gramophone Critics’ Choice of 2001.

A few years ago I was pleased to record a selection of works by Bach in transcriptions by other composers. Now it is time for the conductors to weigh in on the matter. In a way it can be argued that, since most of these maestri wrote their versions for specific orchestras, there is an even greater coherency in these works.

Although only few conductors represented on this disc are also known as composers in their own right, all had a more than competent skill when it came to knowing what their orchestras could do. The sheer magnitude of the Mitropoulos and Skrowaczewski transcriptions is staggering. The efforts of Wood, Barbirolli and others are excellent indications of creative minds at work. Even a less well-known conductor such as Vittorio Gui shows a fine knowledge of orchestral resource.

One conductor is notably absent from this collection: Leopold Stokowski. We felt that he was amply represented on disc, not just by his own performances, but also by those that have been recorded by others. I believe that each transcription shows nothing but the highest degree of respect for Bach. Each conductor is paying tribute, as if to say that the old German master would have welcomed the instrumental forces that were to become available at different times in the future.