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Bach: Capriccio Bwv 992, Toccatas, Etc / Gilbert


Release Date: 10/31/2007 
Label:  Archiv Produktion (Dg)   Catalog #: 437555   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

So strong and so prevalent is the image of Bach the solid bourgeois, the revered master, the father of a score of children, that it is easy to lose sight of him as the brilliant, self-confident but headstrong youth. The works in this excellent issue, played on a fine Couchet-Blanchet-Taskin instrument in the resonant (but not excessively so) acoustics of the Chartres museum, were all written in his younger days––the Capriccio (one of his very earliest extant keyboard compositions) in his late teens when an elder brother went off to Sweden (and thence to Constantinople), the three Toccatas before the age of 25, the Aria variata (his only set of variations other than the late Goldberg) and the A minor Prelude and Fugue (the one he was to Read more rework for the Triple Concerto) by 30. The influences on him are still evident: Kuhnau's programmatic Biblical sonatas for the Capriccio (whose most striking movements are a lament on a ground bass and the air imitating the postillion's posthorn); Buxtehude, plus Italian and French features, for the sectional Toccatas; Bohm and Vivaldi respectively for the other two works. The Italian commentator here, but not the other language writers, interestingly postulates a violin origin for the Aria variata which except for the theme and the final variation is almost entirely in only two parts.

Kenneth Gilbert's performances are a delight, with his arresting treatment of quasi-improvisatory passages in the Toccatas (though even he cannot disguise Bach's overlong mechanical sequences in the F sharp minor work), his clarity and his lively but steady rhythmic drive in the long fugues (the C minor, which turns into a double-figure, the most extensive of all). Only in the F sharp minor's final fugue did I feel the tempo he adopts too stolid: otherwise the warmest of recommendations for this disc.

-- Lionel Salter, Gramophone [6/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Capriccio in B flat major on the Departure of his Most Beloved Brother, BWV 992 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1704; Arnstadt, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Salle Italienne, Chartres 
Length: 10 Minutes 36 Secs. 
2.
Toccata in G minor, BWV 915 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Salle Italienne, Chartres 
Length: 9 Minutes 6 Secs. 
3.
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 894 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Salle Italienne, Chartres 
Length: 10 Minutes 42 Secs. 
4.
Toccata in C minor, BWV 911 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Salle Italienne, Chartres 
Length: 11 Minutes 21 Secs. 
5.
Toccata in F sharp minor, BWV 910 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1710 ; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Salle Italienne, Chartres 
Length: 11 Minutes 38 Secs. 
6.
Aria Variata in a, BWV 989 "In the Italian Style" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kenneth Gilbert (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1714; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/1992 
Venue:  Salle Italienne, Chartres 
Length: 15 Minutes 50 Secs. 

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