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Johann Sebastian Bach: Preludes, Fantasies & Fugues / Peter Sykes

Bach / Sykes
Release Date: 08/12/2014 
Label:  Raven Recordings   Catalog #: 959   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Sykes
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording brings together familiar and less familiar keyboard works of Bach performed on an original clavichord. Whether any of them were “intended” for the clavichord is unimportant; it is very likely that this music was played on any keyboard instrument at hand. Important is the matter of what sorts of musical ideas can be realized on the clavichord in contrast to the other keyboard instruments available in Bach’s day or in our day. The flexibility of clavichord tone color, the intimacy of touch, the preciseness of articulation, not to mention the dynamic range produced by touch inflection offer the player an opportunity to shape musical phrases on a small and large scale that far surpasses the capabilities of any other keyboard Read more instrument. This recording is offered in tribute to those possibilities, with hopes that the music may be experienced in a different and perhaps more subtle light than the ways in which it is more often encountered. - Raven Records Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude in B minor, BWV 923 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Sykes (Clavichord)
Period: Baroque 
2.
Prelude and Fughetta in G major, BWV 902 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Sykes (Clavichord)
Period: Baroque 
3.
Fugue on a theme by Albinoni in B minor, BWV 951 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Sykes (Clavichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1710; Weimar, Germany 
4.
Fantasia on a Rondo in C minor, BWV 918 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Sykes (Clavichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1710; ?Weimar, Germany 
5.
Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, BWV 904 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Sykes (Clavichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
6.
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Sykes (Clavichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
7.
Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for Lute in E flat major, BWV 998 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Sykes (Clavichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; Leipzig, Germany 

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