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Bach: Well-Tempered Consort I / Phantasm


Release Date: 01/24/2020 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 618  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In this new recording Phantasm make no excuses for arranging some of Bach’s remarkable keyboard music for a consort of viols. Led by director Laurence Dreyfus they go on a conscious mission to uncover the hidden riches concealed behind the more neutral resources of the harpsichord and organ so as to liberate the fascinating characters lurking in the shadows and behind the scenes within Bach’s individual polyphonic lines. In the process of fugal confrontation among three to six musicians, they come face to face with the astounding psychological insights of Bach’s most radical inventions. Drawn chiefly from the two books of the Well-Tempered Clavier, the Musical Offering and the Clavier-Übung III, the repertoire chosen for this recording Read more has an uncanny way of forging Bach’s links with the old English traditions of the Fantasy and In nomine as much as leaping forward into a chromatic twelve-tone world where the raw emotions of expressionist modernism become not only audible but adventurously relevant. A second installment of The Well-Tempered Consort is already planned for 2021.

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REVIEWS:

As you would expect, the playing here is expressive while not being unidiomatic. Phrasing and the balancing of voices is a delight throughout, and this is reflected in a recording that allows the ear to follow any of Bach’s contrapuntal voices with ease. If you love the viol sound then you will relish this recording and, like me, be looking forward to future volumes.

– MusicWeb International

The most compelling reason to play Bach’s most densely wrought instrumental music on the viol is because it sounds fresh and appealing. Bach’s contrapuntal achievements sparkle in the hands of Phantasm.

– American Record Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079: Ricercar a 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
Period: Baroque 
Written: 05/1747-07/1747; Germany 
2.
Three-Part Invention no 9 in F minor, BWV 795 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653b by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
4.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 19 in A major, BWV 864 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
5.
Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 547: Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1723; ?Leipzig, Germany 
6.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 17 in A flat major, BWV 886 - Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; Leipzig, Germany 
7.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 22 in B flat minor, BWV 867 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
8.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 14 in F sharp minor, BWV 859 - Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
9.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 24 in B minor, BWV 869 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
10.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 9 in E major, BWV 854 - Fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
11.
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV 686 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
12.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue no 22 in B flat minor, BWV 891 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738-1742; Leipzig, Germany 
13.
Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 737 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
14.
Fuga a 5 con pedale pro Organo pleno, BWV 522 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
Period: Baroque 
15.
Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 671 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
16.
Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079: no 5, Ricercar a 6 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phantasm
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747; Leipzig, Germany 

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