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Nightmoods - Solo Journey


Release Date: 04/15/1997 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 453901   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrei GavrilovSviatoslav RichterMartha ArgerichMaria-Joao Pires,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

There is nothing "new age" about Solo Journey except for the marketing concept of packaging a compilation album to suggest a mood. This album contains pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach; its companion album is Moonlight, movements by Beethoven. That being said (and it is not really a complaint), the music is not to be sneered at. Albert Imperato and R. Peter Munves, who developed the albums, selected these pieces from the gems in the Deutche Grammophon catalogue. I was pleased to see several tracks from the DG album of Wilhelm Kempff's exceptional Bach piano transcriptions (his first recording of Bach, at age 80); these arrangements are nobility squared, perfection on perfection. Speaking of perfection, the album includes a movement Read more from one of Nathan Milstein's seminal recordings of the violin sonatas. Andrei Gavrilov plays a crystalline piano on the aria from the Goldberg Variations. Just as warm is the resonant guitar of Goran Sollscher. Other pianists include Sviatoslav Richter, Martha Argerich, and Maria Joao Pires (from the album that won the 1995 "Grand Prix du Disque"); Pierre Fournier offers gutsy interpretations of two bourees from one of Bach's cello suites. The novice listener will probably recognize most of the familiar pieces; the connoisseur will be thrilled to score such a collection of perfect gems. Liner notes by Albert Imperato add much to the appreciation of Bach, his music, and the performers.

-- Carol Wright, AllMusic.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Theme "Aria" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
2. Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
3. English Suite no 2 in A minor, BWV 807: Allemande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715; Weimar, Germany 
4. Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825: Menuet I & II by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
5. French Suite no 6 in E major, BWV 817: Polonaise by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
6. French Suite no 6 in E major, BWV 817: Menuet by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrei Gavrilov (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
7. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Wilhelm Kempff
This selection is an ADD recording. 
8. Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825: Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
9. Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009: 5th movement, Bourée by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pierre Fournier (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
10. Sonata for Violin solo no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: 3rd movement, Andante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Nathan Milstein (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
11. Suite for Lute in E minor, BWV 996: 4th movement, Sarabande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Göran Söllscher 
12. Partita for Lute in E major, BWV 1006a: 3rd movement, Gavotte en Rondeau by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Göran Söllscher (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1720; Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Göran Söllscher 
13. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140: no 1, Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Wilhelm Kempff
This selection is an ADD recording. 
14. Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in E flat major, BWV 1031 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1734; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Wilhelm Kempff
This selection is an ADD recording. 
15. Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056: 2nd movement, Largo-Arioso by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wilhelm Kempff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Wilhelm Kempff
This selection is an ADD recording. 

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