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Bach: The Toccatas / Angela Hewitt


Release Date: 08/13/2002 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67310   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angela Hewitt
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Stylish‚ impeccable playing from a pianist who wears her expertise lightly.

As Angela Hewitt tells us in her exemplary accompanying essay‚ Bach’s Toccatas were inspired by Buxtehude’s ‘stylus fantasticus – a very unrestrained and free way of composing‚ using dramatic and extravagant rhetorical gestures’. For Wanda Landowska‚ they seemed initially ‘incoherent and disparate’ and it takes an exceptional artist to make such wonders both stand out and unite. Yet Angela Hewitt – always responsive to such a teasing mix of discipline and wildness – presents even the most audacious surprises (the close to the G major‚ the chromatic grandeur in the Adagio from the F sharp minor‚ etc) with a superb and unfaltering sense of
Read more balance and perspective. Time and again she shows us that it is possible to be personal and characterful without resorting to self­serving and distorting idiosyncrasy. Everything is delightfully devoid of pedantry or over­emphasis; few pianists have worn their enviable expertise in Bach more lightly. How scrupulously she observes Bach’s moderato qualification in the C minor Toccata’s Allegro fugue‚ how delicate and precise her way with the same fugue’s return. Again‚ in the F sharp minor Toccata everything is meticulously graded‚ and in the dazzling D major Toccata‚ which so fittingly closes her programme‚ not even Bach’s most ebullient virtuosity can induce her to rush; everything emerges with a clarity that never excludes expressive beauty. Commenting that it is impossible to know the precise chronology of the Toccatas‚ Hewitt plays what she calls ‘an arbitrary sequence’‚ modestly aiming for a ‘satisfactory recital’. As a necessary corollary‚ her performances could hardly be more stylish or impeccable‚ more vital or refined; and‚ as a crowning touch‚ Hyperion’s sound is superb.

-- Gramophone [10/2002]
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Works on This Recording

1. Toccata in C minor, BWV 911 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2. Toccata in G major, BWV 916 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1710; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 27 Secs. 
3. Toccata in E minor, BWV 914 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 6 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4. Toccata in D minor, BWV 913 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 42 Secs. 
5. Toccata in G minor, BWV 915 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 0 Secs. 
6. Toccata in D major, BWV 912 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1710; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 22 Secs. 
7. Toccata in F sharp minor, BWV 910 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1710 ; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/2002 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 22 Secs. 

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