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Bach: Inventions & Sinfonias / Zhu Xiao-Mei [Vinyl]


Release Date: 01/29/2016 
Label:  Accentus   Catalog #: ACC40350  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Zhu Xiao-Mei
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

By the time Bach relocated to Leipzig, he had already composed a number of masterpiece works. During his pivotal years at Köthen, he composed his Inventions and Sinfonias. These pieces, although typically overshadowed by his larger works such as The Well-Tempered Clavier, show Bach’s maturity as they serve as a fundamental tool for learning the piano.On this album, recorded in Leipzig, pianist Zhu Xiao-Mei does an extraordinary job of bringing out the musical density in these pieces. By the time Bach relocated to Leipzig, he had already composed a number of masterpiece works. During his pivotal years at Köthen, he composed his Inventions and Sinfonias. These pieces, although typically overshadowed by his larger works such as The Well-Tempered Clavier, show Bach’s maturity as they serve as a fundamental tool for learning the piano.On this album, recorded in Leipzig, pianist Zhu Xiao-Mei does an extraordinary job of bringing out the musical density in these pieces. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Two-Part Inventions (15), BWV 772-786 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Three-Part Inventions (15), BWV 787-801 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Zhu Xiao-Mei (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Press review October 30, 2017 By Classicalacarte Classicalacarte (Saint-Donat, QC) See All My Reviews "Alberic Lagier of Musikzen (01/2016) has the following interesting comment about Zhu Xiao-Mei’s interpretation of the Inventions and Sinfonias of Bach : « It is not music to be taken on a desert island, it is rather the music that will take you there ». We have located seven reviews which are globally fairly favourable to this recording. Philippe Venturini writes for the French magazine Classica (#180, 03/2016) that the pianist, as always, wants to provide an interpretation of Bach’s music aimed at the general public. The art of the cantabile, as suggested by Bach, is prevailing all over. Gaetan Naulleau of the other French magazine Diapason (#649, 09/2016) underline the high level of the recorded sound: “… the mikes reproduce the richness of the pianist’s touch which is bordering on barely touching… as if it were the pen of a calligrapher”. Harriet Smith writes for Gramophone (03/2016) that Xiao-Mei’s approach is “… full of delicacy, precision and a sense of correctness. Her voicing lends clarity to Bach contrapuntal lines and her trills are beautifully manicured”. But she adds “… its all a bit too well mannered”. Alan Swanson on his part (Fanfare, 39:5, 05/2016) has no hesitation in recommending “… this disc highly”. He welcomes in particular the pianist’s decision to perform “… all the Inventions followed by the Sinfonias” – with a cantabile style of playing – as Bach would have it. Finally, returning to Lagier’s review, his point of view is “… that with these short pieces, one must not only follow what the master says, but one must invent from what he suggests”. At Classic @ la Carte, we keep on searching for news reviews. One can access the reviews surveyed by simply searching with the following criteria : (classicalacarte + id562)" Report Abuse
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