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Bach: Italian Concerto, French Overture, Etc / Suzuki


Release Date: 06/27/2006 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1469   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In between concerts, recordings and tours with his Bach Collegium Japan, the indefatigable Masaaki Suzuki still manages to make time for the harpsichord - to the joy of reviewers and music lovers alike. His previous recordings of Bach's keyboard music have been highly praised. Most recently the French Suites (BIS-CD-1113/14) was made Critic's Choice in American Record Guide, and the reviewer in Fanfare called the double-CD 'an immensely stimulating listening experience...the most compelling set of these utterly winning suites.' The Partitas (BIS-CD-1313/14) met with equal enthusiasm, and was described as 'a distinguished and deeply considered account' in The Gramophone and as 'fascinating, probing and compelling versions' by the Goldberg Read more website. Now the turn has come to the Italian Concerto and its companion piece the French Overture. The two works, which make up the so-called Clavier-Übung 2, demonstrate Bach's familiarity with two main orchestral genres - the concerto and the overture suite - which respectively represent two important national styles of the day, Italian and French. As Yo Tomita argues in his liner notes, Bach's aim was to extract these two distinct styles and give them expression in two keyboard works. Maybe he succeeded too well as the Italian Concerto, in particular, was hailed by some contemporaries as an indication that Bach was moving away from his 'old-fashioned' contrapuntal style... Highly characterful music then, in a programme which is complemented by the Sonata in D minor, a transcription - probably by the composer himself - of the Sonata in A minor for solo violin. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Italian Concerto, BWV 971 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 16 Secs. 
2. Overture in the French style in B minor, BWV 831 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 34 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3. Sonata in D minor, BWV 964 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Masaaki Suzuki (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 20 Minutes 16 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Concerto in the Italian Style in F major, BWV 971, "Italian Concerto": I. (Allegro)
Concerto in the Italian Style in F major, BWV 971, "Italian Concerto": II. Andante
Concerto in the Italian Style in F major, BWV 971, "Italian Concerto": III. Presto
Overture (Partita) in the French Style in B minor, BWV 831: I. Ouverture
Overture (Partita) in the French Style in B minor, BWV 831: II. Courante
Overture (Partita) in the French Style in B minor, BWV 831: III. Gavotte I - II
Overture (Partita) in the French Style in B minor, BWV 831: IV. Passepied I - II
Overture (Partita) in the French Style in B minor, BWV 831: V. Sarabande
Overture (Partita) in the French Style in B minor, BWV 831: VI. Bourree I - II
Overture (Partita) in the French Style in B minor, BWV 831: VII. Gigue
Overture (Partita) in the French Style in B minor, BWV 831: VIII. Echo
Keyboard Sonata in D minor, BWV 964 (after BWV 1003): I. (Adagio)
Keyboard Sonata in D minor, BWV 964 (after BWV 1003): II. Allegro
Keyboard Sonata in D minor, BWV 964 (after BWV 1003): III. Andante
Keyboard Sonata in D minor, BWV 964 (after BWV 1003): IV. Allegro

Customer Reviews

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 Who Needs an Orchestra? June 13, 2013 By Edward Greene (Bath, ME) See All My Reviews "Bach spent much time and energy transcribing violin concertos by Vivaldi and others for his own study and enjoyment at the keyboard. The Italian Concerto is the ultimate fruit of those labors -- a freely composed concerto for solo harpsichord in which the two keyboards give the effect of solo and ripieno passages. And he didn't stop there. He went on to write an "orchestral" suite or Ouverture in the French style for solo harpsichord. Some years earlier, he had transcribed one of his own Sonatas for solo violin as a harpsichord piece. Suzuki does a wonderful job with all three works with his spirited and sensitive playing." Report Abuse
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