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Bach: Transcriptions / Salonen, Los Angeles Philharmonic


Release Date: 08/29/2000 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 89012   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachGustav Mahler
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I'm glad that recordings of Bach transcriptions keep on coming, presumably an indication that the public's desire for them remains strong. So few people care about organ music these days, and Bach's music is so strong however you play it that programs such as this continue to offer great listening pleasure. What's more, each of them usually takes a slightly different tack, though most include Stokowski's famous version of the Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565. Actually, that's the weakest performance in this otherwise admirable collection, whose strengths lie in the pointillist Webern arrangement, a spectacularly played and recorded Elgar (the best since Adrian Boult's, and better even than Slatkin's recent excellent Chandos effort), an Read more amazingly clear Schoenberg, and best of all, the Mahler suite based on movements from Bach's four Overtures for orchestra.


This last item, very seldom recorded, surely deserves to return to the basic repertoire, combining as it does respect for the original scoring with Mahler's unparalleled ear for modern orchestration. It's also deliciously performed, though I would have liked to hear more of the harpsichord (Mahler himself played the piece on a Steinway concert grand "altered" to sound like a harpsichord, and since he wrote out the entire continuo part we should be able to hear it clearly). Even so, fanciers of Bach and lovers of transcriptions should grab this. By the way, the best non-Stoki version of the Toccata and Fugue in D minor is Ozawa's with the Boston Symphony, part of yet another collection of transcriptions on Philips, now sadly out of print.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079: Ricercare by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1999 
Venue:  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles 
Length: 8 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Anton Webern 
2.
Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 "Little G minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1706; Arnstadt, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1999 
Venue:  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles 
Length: 3 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Leopold Stokowski 
3.
Suite from Orchestral works of JS Bach by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1910; New York, USA 
Date of Recording: 10/1999 
Venue:  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles 
Length: 20 Minutes 1 Secs. 
4.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1999 
Venue:  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles 
Length: 10 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Leopold Stokowski 
5.
Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV 552 "St Anne" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1999 
Venue:  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles 
Length: 15 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: Arnold Schoenberg 
6.
Fantasie and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708 - 1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1999 
Venue:  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles 
Length: 9 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Edward Elgar
Composition written: ?Weimar, Germany (1708 - 1717). 

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