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Bach: Preludes And Fugues / Kenneth Gilbert


Release Date: 05/15/2008 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 419426   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kenneth Gilbert gives a lively and affectionate account of the smaller pieces whose substance, nevertheless, should not be underestimated. Everyone who has sat at a piano stool at a tender age will find old friends amongst the pieces comprising this delightful anthology.

Everyone who has sat at a piano stool at a tender age will find old friends amongst the pieces comprising this delightful anthology. Kenneth Gilbert has arranged his programme in four parts. First he plays the eight Preludes, BWV924-31, of the Clavier-Buchlein which Bach compiled in 1720 for his eldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann, then aged ten; he follows these with the Six Little Preludes, BWV933-8, and five further Preludes, BWV939-43. A sixth in C
Read more minor, BWV999, is also included but was evidently intended for lute. These, like the 1720 pieces, probably belong to the Cothen period. The fourth part of Gilbert's recital consists of pieces on a larger scale. The two Preludes and little fugues, BWV901-02, also date from Cothen. The Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in Eflat, BWV998, is primarily a lute work, and is included in the same volume of the Neue Bachausgabe as BWV999. Where the Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, BWV904, is concerned, one surviving source implies an organ work whilst another the harpsichord. It is also possible that the two pieces may not always have belonged together. Sometimes ascribed to Bach's Cothen period it would seem to me to belong to an altogether later date.

Kenneth Gilbert gives a lively and affectionate account of the smaller pieces whose substance, nevertheless, should not be underestimated. In the larger works his technique and experience contribute towards fluent and cogent readings. Above all, perhaps, he captures the deliberately archaic character of BWV904 with forceful and deliberate gestures in the Fantasia and with clarity of thought in the fine double fugue. This didactic side of Gilbert's artistry also serves the little Preludes whose purpose was not only to entertain but also to instruct. The harpsichord, a seventeenth-century Flemish instrument enlarged first by Blanchet and then by Taskin in the following century, is that which Gilbert used for his recording of the 48 (Archiv 413 439-1AH5, 9/84). It's a fine-sounding instrument whose character has been well captured in this recital. Warmly recommended.

-- Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone [12/1986]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude in C major, BWV 924 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Prelude and Fughetta in F major, BWV 901 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
3.
Praeambulum in G minor, BWV 930 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
4.
Prelude and Fughetta in G major, BWV 902 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
5.
Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, BWV 904 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1725; Leipzig, Germany 
6.
Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for Lute in E flat major, BWV 998 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740; Leipzig, Germany 
7.
Prelude in D major, BWV 925 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Notes: This work has been attributed to WF Bach 
8.
Prelude in D minor, BWV 926 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
9.
Praeambulum in F major, BWV 927 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
10.
Prelude in F major, BWV 928 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
11.
Prelude in G minor, BWV 929 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
12.
Little Preludes (6): no 1 in C major, BWV 933 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
13.
Little Preludes (6): no 2 in C minor, BWV 934 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
14.
Little Preludes (6): no 3 in D minor, BWV 935 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
15.
Little Preludes (6): no 4 in D major, BWV 936 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
16.
Little Preludes (6): no 5 in E major, BWV 937 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
17.
Little Preludes (6): no 6 in E minor, BWV 938 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 

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