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Bach And Beyond / Gabriela Montero


Release Date: 09/12/2006 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 64647   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gabriela MonteroJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gabriela Montero
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In Bach and Beyond, her second recording for EMI Classics, Gabriela Montero lends her remarkable improvisational skills to the work of Johann Sebastian Bach. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Sheep May Safely Graze, Air on a G String and themes from the Italian Concerto, Goldberg Variations, Brandenburg Concertos, from an invention, toccata and keyboard concerto are the bases upon which Montero weaves intricately formed "spontaneous compositions" in a wide variety of musical styles.

Following her enthusiastically received debut disc for EMI, a full Rachmaninov, Chopin and Liszt recital and a bonus disc of improvisations, BBC Music Magazine described Montero as "a ferocious young talent" and stated that, "no
Read more matter how jaw-dropping her miraculously clean-fingered negotiation of such as Liszt's Mephisto Waltz, it's what happens between the notes, the way she grippingly characterizes everything she plays, that constantly arrests the listener's attention… Not since George Cziffra's hey-day have such white-hot, volcanic eruptions of pianistic derring-do been captured on disc."

R E V I E W S:

"Gabriela Montero’s new recital called Bach & Beyond is already starting to make waves. It’s the second EMI recording for this new keyboard star, hailed by the legendary Martha Argerich, as well as leading American critics like the New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini and the Chicago Tribune’s John von Rhein, as having not only the technical chops and the personal charisma but the musical imagination it takes to attract attention in the busy world of classical pianists.
...the 36-year old Venezuelan beauty takes the music of Bach as a point of departure in 12 meandering, seemingly free improvisations...mostly, it’s a series of original responses, blending a wide range of 20th century musical currents, to J.S. Bach, with some strikingly gorgeous moments that stand out, like the opening prelude of the Well-Tempered Clavier, concluding with a brilliantly unpredictable run at the famous Toccata in D minor, which starts out like Stokowski and ends up like, well, Montero.
One other thing that makes this release stand out from the normal run of jazzed-up Bach is the extraordinarily beautiful sound of Montero recorded in the Number One Studio at Abbey Road in London. It is rich and clear, and luminescent..."

-- Laurence Vittes, Audiophile Audition
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Works on This Recording

1.
Beyond Bach by Gabriela Montero
Performer:  Gabriela Montero (Piano)
Written: 2005 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (10/21/2005 - 10/24/2005) 
2.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gabriela Montero (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Gabriela Montero.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (10/21/2005 - 10/24/2005) 
3.
Italian Concerto, BWV 971: 3rd movement, Presto by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gabriela Montero (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Gabriela Montero.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (10/21/2005 - 10/24/2005) 
4.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gabriela Montero (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Gabriela Montero.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (10/21/2005 - 10/24/2005) 
5.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Theme "Aria" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gabriela Montero (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 7 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Gabriela Montero.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (10/21/2005 - 10/24/2005) 
6.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042: 2nd movement, Adagio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gabriela Montero (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Gabriela Montero.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (10/21/2005 - 10/24/2005) 
7.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 1 in C, BWV 846 - Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gabriela Montero (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Gabriela Montero.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (10/21/2005 - 10/24/2005) 
8.
Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!, BWV 208 "Hunt Cantata": Schafe können sicher weiden by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gabriela Montero (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Gabriela Montero.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (10/21/2005 - 10/24/2005) 
9.
Two-Part Invention no 4 in D minor, BWV 775 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gabriela Montero (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 2 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Gabriela Montero.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (10/21/2005 - 10/24/2005) 
10.
Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048: Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gabriela Montero (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Gabriela Montero.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (10/21/2005 - 10/24/2005) 
11.
Concerto in D minor after Alessandro Marcello, BWV 974: 2nd movement, Adagio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gabriela Montero (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 6 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Gabriela Montero.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (10/21/2005 - 10/24/2005) 
12.
Toccata in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gabriela Montero (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Gabriela Montero.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (10/21/2005 - 10/24/2005) 

Sound Samples

Jesu joy of man's desiring (from Cantata BWV 147)
Italian Concerto (Movement 3 - Presto BWV 971)
Beyond Bach
Air in G (from Suite No.3 in D major BWV 1068)
Aria (from Goldberg Variations BWV 988)
Violin Concerto in E (Movement 2 - Adagio BWV 1042)
Prelude in C (from the Well Tempered Clavier BWV 846)
Sheep may safely graze (from Cantata BWV 208)
2 Part Invention in D minor (No.4 BWV 775)
Brandenburg Concerto No.3 (Movement 3 - Allegro BWV 1048)
Keyboard Concerto in D minor (Movement 2 - Adagio BWV 974)
Toccata in D minor (BWV 556)

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