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Bach, Boulez: Piano Works / David Fray


Release Date: 06/05/2007 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 85787   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachPierre Boulez
Performer:  David Fray
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"In 2005, fresh out of a conservatory in Paris, the young pianist David Fray received an award from a cultural foundation in France to make a solo recording. He bravely chose a program juxtaposing two major keyboard works of Bach with shorter yet formidable scores by Pierre Boulez.
Here is that recording, Mr. Fray’s second, but his first on a major label. The superbly played and thoughtful program should help spread the news about this emerging French artist, now 26. In both Bach and Boulez, Mr. Fray displays an articulate touch, splendid command of shadings and nimble finger work. The youthful freshness of the performances is especially appealing. Mr. Fray is not intimidated by either giant.
He brings a fluid sense of
Read more rhythm and much sparkle to Bach’s D major Partita...Mr. Fray’s account of Bach’s D minor French Suite is also captivating, played with real affinity for the French flourishes in the dance movements...
Bach devotees who may be wary of Mr. Boulez’s music should hear Mr. Fray’s playful, crystalline and wondrously delicate account of the 12 “Notations,” an ingenious set of short pieces..."

- Anthony Tommasini, NEW YORK TIMES
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Works on This Recording

1.
Partita for Keyboard no 4 in D major, BWV 828 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Fray (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Germany 
Length: 34 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2.
Notations (12) for Piano by Pierre Boulez
Performer:  David Fray (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1945; France 
Length: 8 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3.
Incises by Pierre Boulez
Performer:  David Fray (Piano)
Period: 21st Century 
Written: 2001; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
4.
French Suite no 1 in D minor, BWV 812 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  David Fray (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 18 Minutes 27 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Partita in D major BWV 828: Ouverture
Partita in D major BWV 828: Allemande
Partita in D major BWV 828: Courante
Partita in D major BWV 828: Aria
Partita in D major BWV 828: Sarabance
Partita in D major BWV 828: Menuet
Partita in D major BWV 828: Gigue
12 Notations pour piano: I Fantasque - Modéré
12 Notations pour piano: II Très vif
12 Notations pour piano: III Assez lent
12 Notations pour piano: IV Rythmique
12 Notations pour piano: V Doux et improvisé
12 Notations pour piano: VI Rapide
12 Notations pour piano: VII Hiératique
12 Notations pour piano: VIII Modéré jusqu' à très vif
12 Notations pour piano: IX Lointain - Calme
12 Notations pour piano: X Mécanique et très sec
12 Notations pour piano: XI Scintillant
12 Notations pour piano: XII Lent - Puissant et âpre
French Suite No.1 in D minor, BWV 812: Allemande
French Suite No.1 in D minor, BWV 812: Courante
French Suite No.1 in D minor, BWV 812: Sarabande
French Suite No.1 in D minor, BWV 812: Menuets I & II
French Suite No.1 in D minor, BWV 812: Gigue
Incises

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