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Bach: French Overture, Italian Concerto, Etc / Angela Hewitt


Release Date: 01/09/2001 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67306   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


Angela Hewitt's Bach on the concert grand grows in stature and refinement with each release of her projected Hyperion cycle devoted to the composer's keyboard works. Her deftly choreographed fingers rejuvenate the Italian Concerto's familiar strains to revelatory effect, and make Bach's solo/orchestral effects sound organically alive rather than predictable. True, Hewitt can be somewhat arch when she reduces accompanimental figures to whisper-singing, but she compensates with a mesmerizing, long-lined slow movement. In contrast to Koroliov and Gould's prickly staccato, Hewitt shapes the alternating bass note/chord left hand accompaniment as if a string section had replaced her piano's bottom end. Read more />

The B-flat major Capriccio is welded into a nimble playlet, laced with sharply delineated ornaments. I also like Hewitt's upbeat treatment of the E major Capriccio and the specific character she gives to each of the four Duets. Having lived with Koroliov's cosmic rumination in the A minor duet, I was surprised and ultimately convinced by Hewitt's strident, no-nonesense briskness--she shaves four minutes off the former pianist's timing. Hewitt's booklet notes discuss the niceties of rhythm and accentuation that give French court dances their character. She certainly backs up what she says in her masterful French Overture: a performance overflowing with grace, beauty, rarified detail, and style to burn. Like Richter, she takes the opening movement's huge first ending repeat. While I normally prefer this option untaken, Hewitt plays so beautifully that you don't mind the longeurs. This is Hewitt's most absorbing Bach release to date. Don't miss it.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Overture in the French style in B minor, BWV 831 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 30 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Italian Concerto, BWV 971 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 12 Minutes 47 Secs. 
3.
Duet for Organ in E minor, BWV 802 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
4.
Duet for Organ in F major, BWV 803 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
5.
Duet for Organ in G major, BWV 804 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 
6.
Duet for Organ in A minor, BWV 805 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1739 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 1 Secs. 
7.
Capriccio in E major, BWV 993 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1704 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
8.
Capriccio in B flat major on the Departure of his Most Beloved Brother, BWV 992 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1704; Arnstadt, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  Henry Wood Hall, London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 10 Secs. 

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