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Bach/Godowsky: Cello Suites Transcribed For Piano / Grante


Release Date: 11/02/1999 
Label:  Music & Arts Programs Of America Catalog #: 1046   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carlo Grante
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Leopold Godowsky's liberal adaptations of three Bach Cello Suites retool the originals in the image of hyper-romantic pianism. Harmonies implied by Bach are filled out and elaborated, with new counterpoints and sundry inner voices popping up like rabbits out of a magician's hat. Climaxes get reinforced with booming chords or octave doublings, emerging from the bowels of the keyboard. At times the music's dance origins threaten to buckle under Godowsky's garish filigree. Carlo Grante's light touch and digital deftness, however, keep the textures airborne and alive. He occasionally fidgets with rubato in a way that throws rhythmic definition askew, but he always makes the piano writing sound offhandedly easy. Excellent booklet notes make this Read more release even more enticing.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carlo Grante (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Leopold Godowsky 
2.
Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carlo Grante (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Leopold Godowsky 
3.
Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carlo Grante (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Notes: Transcribed: Leopold Godowsky 

Sound Samples

J.S. Bach - Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008: I. Prelude: Andante cantabile
J.S. Bach - Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008: II. Allemande: Allegro moderato
J.S. Bach - Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008: III. Courante: Allegro energico
J.S. Bach - Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008: IV. Sarabande: Largo, ma non troppo
J.S. Bach - Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008: V. Menuet I and II: Moderato
J.S. Bach - Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008: VI. Gigue: Allegro deciso
J.S. Bach - Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: I. Prelude: Allegro maestoso
J.S. Bach - Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: II. Allemande: Allegretto scherzando
J.S. Bach - Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: III. Courante: Maestoso
J.S. Bach - Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: IV. Sarabande: Largo
J.S. Bach - Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: V. Bourree I and II: Allegro moderato - L'istesso tempo
J.S. Bach - Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009: VI. Gigue: Vivace giocoso
J.S. Bach - Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011: I. Prelude and Fugue: Grave - Allegretto espressivo
J.S. Bach - Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011: II. Allemande: Maestoso largamente
J.S. Bach - Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011: III. Courante: Moderato
J.S. Bach - Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011: IV. Sarabande: Mesto
J.S. Bach - Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011: V. Gavotte I and II: Allegretto espressivo
J.S. Bach - Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011: VI. Gigue: Andantino espressivo

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