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Take 2 - Bach: The Keyboard Album / Tureck, Rosen


Release Date: 11/18/1997 
Label:  Sony Classical Essential Classics Catalog #: 63231   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachGeorg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Rosalyn TureckCharles Rosen
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This long-deleted Essential Classics reissue (available again courtesy of Arkivmusic.com’s on-demand reprint program) comprises the first CD remastering of two separate Bach piano releases. One disc features Rosalyn Tureck’s Bach Album, an early-1981 digital production made up mostly of short pieces, plus the Aria and Variations in Italian Style. The close-up yet warm sonics capture the full measure of Tureck’s technical specificity, subtle use of color, and micromanaged dynamics. Notice her absolute linear control in the F minor suite’s Prelude (first sound clip), or how her seemingly over-detached articulations (the seventh Italian variation) always maintain a lilting presence.

By contrast, the 1979 Italian Concerto sounds
Read more comparatively strident and congested in loud moments, yet one easily infers Tureck’s expert layering of Bach’s “solo” and “tutti” textural strands, not to mention her beautiful lyrical legato phrasing throughout the Andante.

Disc 2 offers Charles Rosen’s 1967 traversal of The Art of Fugue, which first appeared on Columbia Masterworks’ budget Odyssey label as part of a three-LP set that also included the Goldberg Variations and the two Ricercars from The Musical Offering. Sony’s vibrant digital remastering reveals Rosen to have possessed a fuller, more colorful piano tone than my well-worn LPs conveyed. Moreover, his fluent and songful delineation of Bach’s fugal textures is consistently clear and crisp without the least exaggeration or fussiness, abetted by tempo choices that always convince, even though they might seem unusual at first hearing.

For example, Rosen’s slow unfolding of Contrapunctus V allows the close canonic sequences more breathing room, while Contrapunctus VII’s fast tempo better clarifies the main theme’s various states of augmentation and diminution without bogging down as many slower performances tend to do (second sound clip). His discreet use of the sostenuto pedal at the end of Contrapunctus VI also lends extra clarity and tension to the music’s linear build. For the three voice mirror fugues Rosen plays Bach’s versions for two keyboards that incorporate an extra freely-composed line. One “Olsen Archers” is credited as the second pianist, but that’s simply an anagram; Rosen himself overdubbed the second piano part.

This re-release sadly coincided with Rosen’s passing, and I hope that Arkivmusic.com will consider reprinting other long-unavailable gems from Rosen’s eclectic discography. Worthy candidates include the early 1960s Debussy LPs for Epic, a Vanguard Haydn disc, the Boulez First and Third sonatas for Columbia, plus Rosen’s incomparable Beethoven Diabelli Variations, once briefly available on Carlton Classics and in dire need of reissue.

-- Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Applicatio in C major, BWV 994 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rosalyn Tureck (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1981 
2.
Gib dich zufrieden, BWV 512 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rosalyn Tureck (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1981 
3.
Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: Musette in D major, BWV Anh. 126 [doubtful] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rosalyn Tureck (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1981 
Notes: This work is no longer believed to have been composed by J.S. Bach. 
4.
Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: Minuet in G major, BWV Anh. 116 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rosalyn Tureck (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722-1725; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1981 
Notes: This work is no longer believed to have been composed by J.S. Bach. 
5.
Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: Minuet in G minor, BWV Anh. 115 [attrib. Christian Pezold] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rosalyn Tureck (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722-1725; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1981 
Notes: This work, originally attributed to J.S. Bach, is currently believed to
have been composed by Christian Pezold. 
6.
Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: March in D major, BWV Anh. 122 [attrib. C.P.E. Bach] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rosalyn Tureck (Piano)
Date of Recording: 04/1981 
Notes: This work, originally attributed to J.S. Bach, is currently believed to
have been composed by C.P.E. Bach. 
7.
March in E flat major, BWV Anh. 127 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rosalyn Tureck (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/1981 
Notes: This work, originally attributed to J.S. Bach, is currently believed to
have been composed by C.P.E. Bach. 
8.
Polonaise in F major, BWV Anh. 117a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rosalyn Tureck (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/1981 
Notes: This work is no longer believed to have been composed by J.S. Bach. 
9.
Two-Part Invention no 1 in C major, BWV 772a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rosalyn Tureck (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1981 
10.
Two-Part Invention no 1 in C major, BWV 772 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rosalyn Tureck (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1981 
11.
Fantasie in G minor, BWV 917 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rosalyn Tureck (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/1981 
12.
Prelude and Fughetta in A minor, BWV 895 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rosalyn Tureck (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1725 
Date of Recording: 04/1981 
13.
Suite in F minor, BWV 823 [fragment] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rosalyn Tureck (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1714; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1981 
14.
Aria Variata in a, BWV 989 "In the Italian Style" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rosalyn Tureck (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1714; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1981 
15.
Suite in A major [fragment] by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Rosalyn Tureck (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1981 
Notes: This piece, originally attribruted to J. S. Bach as BWV 824, is now known
to have been written by Georg Philip Telemann. 
16.
Italian Concerto, BWV 971 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rosalyn Tureck (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1979 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 
17.
The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Charles Rosen (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1745-1750; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1967 
Notes: This selection is an ADD recording. 

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