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Bach: 2 Harpsichords / Sempe, Fortin

Bach,J.s. / Sempe,Skip / Fortin,Olivier
Release Date: 01/08/2016 
Label:  Paradizo   Catalog #: 14   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Skip SempéOlivier Fortin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of Skip Sempé’s rare Bach recordings, this long-awaited reissue marked a new celebration of the harpsichord and of fresh, inventive Bach interpretation when it was initially released. The choice of two superb harpsichords, with contrasting timbres – one based on a German instrument and the other on a French – creates a unique alchemy of sound. With this project of Bach transcriptions, Sempé, and Olivier Fortin – two of the top harpsichordists today – demonstrate once again that the score is only the beginning of an interpretation. One of Skip Sempé’s rare Bach recordings, this long-awaited reissue marked a new celebration of the harpsichord and of fresh, inventive Bach interpretation when it was initially released. The choice of two superb harpsichords, with contrasting timbres – one based on a German instrument and the other on a French – creates a unique alchemy of sound. With this project of Bach transcriptions, Sempé, and Olivier Fortin – two of the top harpsichordists today – demonstrate once again that the score is only the beginning of an interpretation. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 545 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord), Olivier Fortin (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
2.
Sonata in C, BWV 1005: Largo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord), Olivier Fortin (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
Concerto in d minor, BWV 974: Adagio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Olivier Fortin (Harpsichord), Skip Sempé (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713-1714 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Length: 4 Minutes 6 Secs. 
4.
Adagio in G major, BWV 968 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord), Olivier Fortin (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
5.
Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 541 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord), Olivier Fortin (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
6.
Concerto in D, BWV 972: Larghetto by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord), Olivier Fortin (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713-1714 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Harpsichord solo in G major, BWV 592a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord), Olivier Fortin (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Length: 6 Minutes 9 Secs. 
8.
Suite in E-flat, BWV 1010: Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord), Olivier Fortin (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
9.
Suite in C, BWV 966: Praeludium by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord), Olivier Fortin (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1705 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Length: 1 Minutes 59 Secs. 
10.
Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 547 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord), Olivier Fortin (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1723; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Length: 7 Minutes 35 Secs. 
11.
Concerto for Organ solo in C major, BWV 595 (after Duke Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord), Olivier Fortin (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Length: 3 Minutes 42 Secs. 
12.
Sonata in A minor, BWV 965: Adagio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord), Olivier Fortin (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
13.
Concerto for Organ solo in A minor, BWV 593 (after Vivaldi) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Skip Sempé (Harpsichord), Olivier Fortin (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Length: 9 Minutes 18 Secs. 
14.
Partita in A, BWV 1006: Preludio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Olivier Fortin (Harpsichord), Skip Sempé (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1998 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 

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