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Liselotte Selbiger Plays J. S. Bach On Harpsichord


Release Date: 06/01/2001 
Label:  Danacord   Catalog #: 556   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Liselotte Selbiger
Conductor:  Liselotte Selbiger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Broadcasting Corporation Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As a child Liselotte Selbiger was not destined to become a professional musician. She was taught the cello and the piano so she could play chamber music together with the rest of the family. Her father played the violin and her mother and grandmother, the piano. Her musical upbringing allowed her to continue to play cello in the famous Berlin amateur orchestra "Arzteorchester". Among the prominent members of the orchestra was the physicist Albert Einstein, who used to sit at his music desk right behind Selbiger, playing the viola. While playing the cello for 20 years, she also developed her piano playing and in 1933 registered for the music teacher's exam . She passed several of the exam subjects with honors, including the mandatory Read more assignment on ornamentation in the music of J.S. Bach. It was this very assignment that decided her career. She now became so fascinated with Bach's music that she started taking lessons in harpsichord playing with Carl Bittner, a protégé of the harpsichord celebrity in those days, Wanda Landowska, and for the rest of her life she concentrated on this instrument. Because of the War, she had to leave Germany and settled with her husband in Denmark. She continued her career until the mid-1970s, and although misfortune, disregard and disease affected her life and impeded the scope of her ability, she will nevertheless remain forever the person who, thanks to her strong will and artistic intelligence, ensured the harpsichord its rightful position in Danish musical life. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1055 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Liselotte Selbiger (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Liselotte Selbiger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Broadcasting Corporation Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1955 
2.
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Liselotte Selbiger (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1956 
3.
French Suite no 6 in E major, BWV 817 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Liselotte Selbiger (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1954 
4.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 1 in C major, BWV 870 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Liselotte Selbiger (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1961 
5.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 2 in C minor, BWV 871 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Liselotte Selbiger (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1961 
6.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 15 in G major, BWV 884 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Liselotte Selbiger (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1961 
7.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 16 in G minor, BWV 885 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Liselotte Selbiger (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1961 
8.
Italian Concerto, BWV 971 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Liselotte Selbiger (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1956 

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