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Bach: Magna Sequentia I / Rubinsky


Release Date: 06/14/2019 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8574026  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Magna Sequentia I is a unique sequencing of dance movements drawn from Bach’s keyboard works featuring pieces from the French Suites and the Partitas. Whereas Bach’s suites typically comprise six to eight movements, Sonia Rubinsky has selected 19, compiled with a tonal logic that still keeps the structure of a suite. She has chosen several examples of each of the dance forms used by Bach so one can appreciate the dazzling variety of both style and mood. Enhanced by her historically informed performance, Magna Sequentia I offers fresh insights into Bach performance on a modern grand piano. Sonia Rubinsky was awarded Best Recording of the Year in the Classical Category of the 2009 Latin Grammy Awards for the eighth volume of the complete Read more piano works of Heitor Villa-Lobos, recorded for Naxos. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance from The Juilliard School, New York.

REVIEW:

Nimble figures keep the mercurial passages both rhythmically tight and crisp, and she shapes each dance with affection, keeping two bouncy Gigues and a final Capriccio to bring a mood of exhilaration to the close of the work. The acoustic is relatively dry and in keeping with mood of the music.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Partita for Keyboard no 4 in D major, BWV 828: Ouverture by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Partita for Keyboard no 4 in D major, BWV 828: Allemande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
3.
Partita for Keyboard no 6 in E minor, BWV 830: Allemande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
4.
Partita for Keyboard no 6 in E minor, BWV 830: Courante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Germany 
5.
French Suite no 3 in B minor, BWV 814: Courante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
6.
French Suite no 4 in E flat major, BWV 815: II. Courante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
7.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Theme "Aria" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
8.
Partita for Keyboard no 6 in E minor, BWV 830: Sarabande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
9.
French Suite no 1 in D minor, BWV 812: Minuet by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
10.
French Suite no 1 in D minor, BWV 812: Minuet II by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
11.
Partita for Keyboard no 5 in G major, BWV 829: Passepied by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
12.
Partita for Keyboard no 3 in A minor, BWV 827: Burlesca by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
13.
Suite for Lute in E minor, BWV 996: 5th movement, Bourée by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
14.
French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816: no 6, Loure by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722 
15.
Overture in the French style in B minor, BWV 831: Gavotte I & II by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
16.
Partita for Keyboard no 6 in E minor, BWV 830: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
17.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Variation 7 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Nuremberg, Germany 
18.
Partita for Keyboard no 6 in E minor, BWV 830: Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Germany 
19.
French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816: no 7, Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
20.
Partita for Keyboard no 2 in C minor, BWV 826: Capriccio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sonia Rubinsky (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 

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