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Bach: Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 1 / Alard


Release Date: 05/04/2018 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902450  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachGirolamo FrescobaldiJohann Christoph BachJohann Kuhnau,   ... 
Performer:  Benjamin AlardGerlinde Saemann
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bach’s youth was a vast field of observation. From the years of apprenticeship in Ohrdruf, where his precocious artistic sensibility was dazzlingly demonstrated, to his first major post as organist at Arnstadt, Bach constantly enriched his musical culture, underpinned by a strong family tradition and driven by iconic respect for the old masters, crucial affinities and unfailing curiosity. As the prelude to a complete recording of a new kind, the eloquence and vigilant intelligence of the admirable Benjamin Alard’s playing are the ideal medium to reveal the technical mastery of Bach’s early keyboard works and convey the essence of this young composer’s musical discourse at a time when he was already measuring himself against the yardstick of Read more predecessors and contemporaries alike.

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REVIEWS:

The magnificent Silbermann organ in St Aurélie’s Strasbourg, and a ravishingly-toned hybrid harpsichord after Ruckers and Duloken, furnish exemplary tools for the job, and Alard’s playing bears down on the music with exacting clarity and focus. Alard’s tantalising journey is off to an auspicious start.

– BBC Music Magazine

Alard is equally accomplished on both the organ and the harpsichord and moves from one to the other with facility. Alard’s playing is a delight, clean and sensible, with striking agogic expressive power. This is a project to watch with anticipation.

– Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1703; Arnstadt, Germany 
2.
Fantasie in C major, BWV 570 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1707; Arnstadt, Germany 
3.
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her, BWV 700 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gerlinde Saemann (Soprano), Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Arnstadt, Germany 
4.
Fiori musicali di diverse compositioni: no 47, Bergamasca by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Harpsichord)
5.
Praeludium und Fuge for Organ in E flat major by Johann Christoph Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
6.
Sonata for keyboard No. 4 ("Der todtkranke und wieder gesunde Hiskias") (from Biblischen Historien-S by Johann Kuhnau
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1700 
7.
Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV 1091 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
8.
Ich hab'mein Sach Gott heimgestell, BWV 1113 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ), Gerlinde Saemann (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
9.
Vater Unser Im Himmelreich, chorale partite for organ (formerly attrib. to J.S. Bach, BWV 761) by Georg Böhm
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1705; Germany 
10.
Christus, der ist mein Leben, BWV 1112 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Notes: Excerpt. 
11.
Fugue in C major, BWV 946 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708; ?Weimar, Germany 
12.
Fugue in A major, BWV 949 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
13.
Wie nach einer Wasserquelle, BWV 1119 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
14.
Ehre sei dir, Christe, BWV 1097 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Notes: Excerpt. 
15.
Gott, durch deine Güte, BWV 724 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Arnstadt, Germany 
16.
O Jesu, wie ist dein Gestalt, BWV 1094 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ), Gerlinde Saemann (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
17.
Libro secondo di toccate: Canzona no 6 in A minor, FbWV 306 by Johann Jacob Froberger
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1649; Germany 
18.
An Wasserflüssen Babylon by Johann Pachelbel
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
19.
Pièces de clavecin: Book 1 in D minor. Sarabande by Louis Marchand
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
20.
Pièces de clavecin: Book 1 in D minor. Prelude by Louis Marchand
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
21.
Pièces de clavecin: Book 1 in D minor. Chaconne by Louis Marchand
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
22.
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 551 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1707 
23.
Point d'Orgue sur les Grands Jeux by Nicholas de Grigny
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
24.
Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 549a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1707 
25.
Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh' darein, BWV 741 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Arnstadt, Germany 
26.
Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 1105 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
27.
Herr Gott, nun schleuss den Himmel, BWV 1092 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
28.
Werde munter, mein Gemüte, BWV 1118 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
29.
Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt, BWV 957 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
30.
Herzlich Lieb hab ich dich, o Herr, BWV 1115 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
31.
Capriccio in E major, BWV 993 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1704 
32.
Sonata in A minor, BWV 967 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1715 
33.
Fugue in A minor, BWV 947 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
34.
Prelude and Fugue in A major, BWV 896 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1710 
35.
Herr Jesu Christ, du höchstes Gut, BWV 1114 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
36.
Alle Menschen müssen sterben, BWV 1117 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
37.
Partite sopra "Ach, was soll ich Sünder machen?", BWV 770 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
38.
Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan, BWV 1116 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
39.
Aus tiefer Not schrei'ich zu dir, BWV 1099 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
40.
Nun lasst uns den Leib begraben, BWV 1111 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
41.
Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 531 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Arnstadt, Germany 
42.
Fantasie in C minor, BWV 1121 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1712; ?Weimar, Germany 
43.
Capriccio in B flat major on the Departure of his Most Beloved Brother, BWV 992 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1704; Arnstadt, Germany 
44.
Prelude and Partita for Keyboard in F major, BWV 833 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1714; Weimar, Germany 
45.
Partita in A major, BWV 832 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Weimar, Germany 
46.
Aria Variata in a, BWV 989 "In the Italian Style" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1714; Weimar, Germany 
47.
Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV 535a [fragment] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1707; Arnstadt, Germany 
48.
Sonata in D major, BWV 963 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1704 
49.
Fugue on a theme by Albinoni in A major, BWV 950 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1710; Weimar, Germany 
50.
Fantasie in G major, BWV 571 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
51.
Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 533 "Little Prelude and Fugue" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1707; Arnstadt, Germany 
52.
Fantasia in B minor, BWV 563 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1707; Arnstadt, Germany 
53.
Fugue on a theme by Albinoni in B minor, BWV 951a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Benjamin Alard (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1710; Weimar, Germany 

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