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Bach: Keyboard Works / Jovanka Marville


Release Date: 03/13/2012 
Label:  Passacaille   Catalog #: 970   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jovanka Marville
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

BACH Sonata in d, BWV 1003. 6 Preludes: BWV 939–43, 999. Concerto in D after Vivaldi, BWV 972. Toccata in e, BWV 914. Partita in E, BWV 1006 • Jovanka Marville (clvd) • PASSACAILLE 970 (56:33)

"Having recently constructed my first clavichord, a copy after Silbermann, I now understand the mystique that surrounds the instrument, for composers and music lovers alike. The clavichord was the favored keyboard of Sebastian and Emanuel Bach; each wrote significant, albeit markedly different, bodies of music for it. Beyond the Bachs—Friedemann’s clavichord music is meritorious as well—there’s a mountain of clavichord music waiting to be recorded, mostly from the second half of the 18th century. But unlike its big brothers Read more the harpsichord and fortepiano, the clavichord has not been a full and equal participant in the early-music revival, largely because its reduced volume precludes use in concerted music—but more about that later. The large, unfretted 18th-century clavichord is the solo instrument par excellence ; its deceptively delicate voice, coupled with the largest dynamic range of any keyboard, can elicit some very exciting, expressive playing from the right performer. If you’re a proficient harpsichordist or pianist, however, chances are you will fail the first time you sit down at the clavichord. One does not strike the keys as much as caress them. The personalized nature of the instrument, second only to the lute, is the reason the clavichord is so hard to capture on disc, and why so many clavichord CDs fail to make the grade.


Jovanka Marville is a Swiss-based keyboardist with several previous CDs (Couperin, Fitzwilliam Virginal Book ) to her credit, although none have yet made it into the Fanfare Archive. Right off the bat, I sense that she is not coming to the clavichord for the first time. This is big, bold, assertive, but also sensitive playing, with a handsome dynamic range to match. The program amounts to something of a hodgepodge—not that the music is substandard in any way, but the only full-scale composition originally for keyboard is the E-Major Toccata. Otherwise, the program consists of arrangements (BWV 1003 and 1006 are from the violin sonatas and partitas), with the Five Little Preludes BWV 939–43 and the C-Minor Prelude BWV 999 (originally for lute) thrown in as a bonus. Marville has at her disposal an excellent Hubert copy built by Thomas Steiner; it has a robust, well-balanced sound, but I wonder how much of that is due to the unnaturally close-up recording, a fault, alas, of almost every clavichord CD in the catalog. Provided that you turn the volume way down, this is a first-rate introduction to both the unique sound of the clavichord and Bach’s music for it, although my suggestion for her next disc would be to focus her sights on the Well-Tempered Clavier , music that works supremely well on the clavichord."

FANFARE: Christopher Brodersen
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata in D minor, BWV 964 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jovanka Marville (Clavichord)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Waldenburg, CH 
Length: 19 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2.
Prelude in C major, BWV 939 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jovanka Marville (Clavichord)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Waldenburg, CH 
Length: 0 Minutes 38 Secs. 
3.
Prelude in D minor, BWV 940 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jovanka Marville (Clavichord)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Waldenburg, CH 
Length: 0 Minutes 49 Secs. 
4.
Prelude in E minor, BWV 941 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jovanka Marville (Clavichord)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Waldenburg, CH 
Length: 0 Minutes 42 Secs. 
5.
Prelude in A minor, BWV 942 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jovanka Marville (Clavichord)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Waldenburg, CH 
Length: 0 Minutes 48 Secs. 
6.
Prelude in C major, BWV 943 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jovanka Marville (Clavichord)
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Waldenburg, CH 
Length: 1 Minutes 30 Secs. 
7.
Prelude for Lute in C minor, BWV 999 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jovanka Marville (Clavichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Waldenburg, CH 
Length: 1 Minutes 32 Secs. 
8.
Concerto in D major after Vivaldi, BWV 972 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jovanka Marville (Clavichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Waldenburg, CH 
Length: 7 Minutes 33 Secs. 
9.
Toccata in E minor, BWV 914 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jovanka Marville (Clavichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; ?Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Waldenburg, CH 
Length: 0 Minutes 35 Secs. 
10.
Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jovanka Marville (Clavichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Waldenburg, CH 
Length: 15 Minutes 46 Secs. 

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