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Honest Guidance - Bach: Inventions, Sinfonias / Sheppard


Release Date: 11/28/2006 
Label:  Roméo Records   Catalog #: 7255   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Craig Sheppard performed Bach's Two- and Three-Part Inventions as a short concert without interruption in Seattle's Meany Theater in April 2006. The event was recorded, and the results largely mirror the invigorating, imaginative interpretive spirit that informed Sheppard's previous Romeo Bach release devoted to the Six Partitas. Like Glenn Gould, Sheppard pairs each two-part invention with its three-voiced counterpart in the same key. Although Sheppard favors the kind of dry-point fingerwork and x-ray clarity Gould popularized, he goes his own way regarding nuance, voicing, and tempo. I'll cite a few examples.


Notice how tellingly Sheppard shapes the F minor sinfonia's extraordinary chromatic tension-and-release by
Read more way of carefully orchestrated dynamics and just a soupçon of rubato. And the C major, F major, E minor, and D minor Two-Part Inventions I hated to practice as a kid thoroughly transcend their "teaching piece" status via Sheppard's infectious swing, unexpected accents, and genuine sense of dialogue between the hands.


Only a few selections edge below this standard of excellence, such as the C major sinfonia, where Sheppard works too hard articulating the ornaments--a problem not evident elsewhere. Close microphone placement imparts a slightly metallic, "harpsi-piano" edge to the piano sonority that softens only when Sheppard employs the una corda pedal. Despite these quibbles, Sheppard's Bach simply is a joy, and I look forward to more.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Two-Part Invention no 1 in C major, BWV 772 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
2.
Two-Part Invention no 2 in C minor, BWV 773 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
3.
Two-Part Invention no 3 in D major, BWV 774 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
4.
Two-Part Invention no 4 in D minor, BWV 775 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
5.
Two-Part Invention no 5 in E flat major, BWV 776 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
6.
Two-Part Invention no 6 in E major, BWV 777 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
7.
Two-Part Invention no 7 in E minor, BWV 778 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
8.
Two-Part Invention no 8 in F major, BWV 779 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
9.
Two-Part Invention no 9 in F minor, BWV 780 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
10.
Two-Part Invention no 10 in G major, BWV 781 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
11.
Two-Part Invention no 11 in G minor, BWV 782 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
12.
Two-Part Invention no 12 in A major, BWV 783 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
13.
Two-Part Invention no 13 in A minor, BWV 784 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
14.
Two-Part Invention no 14 in B flat major, BWV 785 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
15.
Two-Part Invention no 15 in B minor, BWV 786 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
16.
Two-Part Invention no 1 in C major, BWV 772 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
17.
Three-Part Invention no 2 in C minor, BWV 788 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
18.
Three-Part Invention no 3 in D major, BWV 789 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
19.
Three-Part Invention no 4 in D minor, BWV 790 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
20.
Three-Part Invention no 5 in E flat major, BWV 791 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
21.
Three-Part Invention no 6 in E major, BWV 792 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
22.
Three-Part Invention no 7 in E minor, BWV 793 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
23.
Three-Part Invention no 8 in F major, BWV 794 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
24.
Three-Part Invention no 9 in F minor, BWV 795 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
25.
Three-Part Invention no 10 in G major, BWV 796 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
26.
Three-Part Invention no 11 in G minor, BWV 797 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
27.
Three-Part Invention no 12 in A major, BWV 798 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
28.
Three-Part Invention no 13 in A minor, BWV 799 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
29.
Three-Part Invention no 14 in B flat major, BWV 800 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 
30.
Three-Part Invention no 15 in B minor, BWV 801 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Craig Sheppard (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2006 
Venue:  Live  Meany Theater, U. of Washington, Seattle 

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