Bach: Transcriptions

Release Date: 9/18/2020
Catalog Number: BRI95943
Number of Discs: 20

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This fascinating set provides a refreshing window onto a much studied, much idolized, and oft performed master of composition, allowing many of his familiar works to appear in a new light, recognizable and yet transformed. Bach’s music is often described as indestructible, in the sense that no matter how it is performed, or in whichever arrangement, its essential spirit survives. Many of the transcriptions included here represent the work of contemporary, world-class performers bringing Bach’s masterpieces into the repertoire of their own instruments or ensembles, thereby giving new timbres to the genius of Bach’s contrapuntal lines. The much-loved Goldberg Variations, for example, are given not one, but two new arrangements, as the interwoven voices for keyboard are divided between the members of a string trio and a recorder quintet. Others are scholarly reconstructions of concertos for what might well have been Bach’s originally intended instruments – versions that were subsequently lost to future generations.

From 1729 Bach directed the Leipzig Collegium Musicum, an association consisting of students and musical citizens, and for his performances with them Bach needed to provide secular works. But his time was largely absorbed with writing sacred music for St Thomas’s Church in his role as Kantor. So Bach devised harpsichord concertos by adapting concertos he had originally written for other instruments. Musicologists believe that the seven works known today as Bach’s concertos for solo harpsichord were initially composed as violin or oboe concertos. A third category included here might be called Bach transcriptions by 20th-century “giants”. The great Dutch harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt arranged for the harpsichord various major works by Bach – five from solo violin works, three from solo cello suites and two movements from a partita for solo flute and a suite for solo lute respectively. These are classics of the arranger’s art, refined and thoroughly idiomatic.

Works on This Recording
1. Trio Sonata for Organ no 5 in C major, BWV 529 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Mario Folena (Flute), Roberto Loreggian (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1727 ; Leipzig, Germany
2. Trio Sonata for Organ no 4 in E minor, BWV 528 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Mario Folena (Flute), Roberto Loreggian (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1727 ; Leipzig, Germany
3. Trio Sonata for Organ no 3 in D minor, BWV 527 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Mario Folena (Flute), Roberto Loreggian (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1727 ; Leipzig, Germany
4. Trio Sonata for Organ no 2 in C minor, BWV 526 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Mario Folena (Flute), Roberto Loreggian (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1727 ; Leipzig, Germany
5. Suite for Cello solo no 6 in D major, BWV 1012 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Roberto Lorregian (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
6. Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Roberto Lorregian (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
7. Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Roberto Lorregian (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
8. Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Roberto Lorregian (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
9. Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Roberto Lorregian (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
10. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Gil Sharon (Violin), Alexander Hülshoff (Cello), Ron Ephrat (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Amati String Trio
Period: Baroque
Written: 1741-1742 ; Nuremberg, Germany
11. Concerto for Organ no 3 in D minor [reconstructed by R. J. Schureck from BWV 35 and 1059] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble: Insieme Strumentale di Roma
Period: Baroque
12. Concerto for Organ no 1 in D minor [reconstructed by R. J. Schureck from BWV 146 and 1052] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble: Insieme Strumentale di Roma
Period: Baroque
13. Concerto for 3 Violins in D major, BWV 1064 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble: Insieme Strumentale di Roma
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1738-1739 ; Leipzig, Germany
14. Concerto for viola da braccio in G major, BWV 1055 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble: Insieme Strumentale di Roma
Period: Baroque
15. Suite for Lute in G minor, BWV 995 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Luigi Attademo (Guitar)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1727-1731 ; Leipzig, Germany
16. Suite for Lute in E minor, BWV 996 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Luigi Attademo (Guitar)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1708-1717 ; Weimar, Germany
17. Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for Lute in E flat major, BWV 998 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Luigi Attademo (Guitar)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1740 ; Leipzig, Germany
18. Prelude for Lute in C minor, BWV 999 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Luigi Attademo (Guitar)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
19. Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Luigi Attademo (Guitar)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
20. Partita for Lute in C minor, BWV 997 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Luigi Attademo (Guitar)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1737-1741 ; Leipzig, Germany
21. Fugue for Lute in G minor, BWV 1000 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Luigi Attademo (Guitar)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa ?1725 ; Leipzig, Germany
22. Chaconne for Piano in D minor (after Bach, BWV 1004), K B24 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer: Sandro Ivo Bartoli (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: ?1897 ;
23. Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 533 "Little Prelude and Fugue" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Sandro Ivo Bartoli (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1707 ; Arnstadt, Germany
24. Prelude and Fugue in E flat major, BWV 552 "St Anne" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Sandro Ivo Bartoli (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1739 ; Leipzig, Germany
25. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1729-1731 ; Leipzig, Germany
26. Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!, BWV 208 "Hunt Cantata": Schafe können sicher weiden by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1713 ; Cöthen, Germany
27. Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 "Little G minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1706 ; Arnstadt, Germany
28. Komm, süsser Tod, komm, sel'ge Ruh'!, BWV 478 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1736 ; Leipzig, Germany
29. Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4: no 4, Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1708 ; Weimar, Germany
30. Saint John Passion, BWV 245: no 58, Es ist vollbracht by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1724 ; Leipzig, Germany
31. Wir gläuben all'an einen Gott, BWV 680 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1739 ; Leipzig, Germany
32. Orgelbüchlein: Nun komm'der Heiden Heiland, BWV 599 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1713-1717 ; Weimar, Germany
33. Two Ancient Liturgical Melodies by Leopold Stokowski
Conductor: José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
34. Messiah, HWV 56: Pastoral Symphony "Pifa" by George Frideric Handel
Conductor: José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1742 ; London, England
35. Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: Thy hand, Belinda...When I am laid in earth by Henry Purcell
Conductor: José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1689 ; England
36. Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: José Serebrier
Orchestra/Ensemble: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1708-1712 ; Arnstadt, Germany
37. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble: Seldom Sene
Period: Baroque
Written: 1741-1742 ; Nuremberg, Germany
38. Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
39. Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
40. Sonata for Violin solo no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
41. Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
42. Sonata for Violin solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1005 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
43. Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
44. Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Henk van Twillert (Baritone Saxophone)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
45. Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Henk van Twillert (Baritone Saxophone)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
46. Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Henk van Twillert (Baritone Saxophone)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
47. Suite for Cello solo no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Henk van Twillert (Baritone Saxophone)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
48. Suite for Cello solo no 6 in D major, BWV 1012 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Henk van Twillert (Baritone Saxophone)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
49. Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Henk van Twillert (Baritone Saxophone)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
50. Concerto for Oboe in G minor, BWV 1056 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Andrius Puskunigis (Oboe)
Conductor: Donatas Katkus
Period: Baroque
51. Concerto for Oboe in F major, BWV 1053 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Andrius Puskunigis (Oboe)
Conductor: Donatas Katkus
Period: Baroque
52. Concerto for Oboe d'Amore in A major, BWV 1055 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Andrius Puskunigis (Oboe D’amore)
Conductor: Donatas Katkus
Period: Baroque
53. Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Andrius Puskunigis (Oboe), Simona Venslovaite (Violin)
Conductor: Donatas Katkus
Period: Baroque
54. Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Andrius Puskunigis (Oboe), Simona Venslovaite (Violin)
Conductor: Donatas Katkus
Period: Baroque
55. Concerto for Oboe d’amore in G Major: (After. BWV 100, 170, 30) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Andrius Puskunigis (Oboe D’amore)
Conductor: Donatas Katkus
56. Concerto for Oboe in F major, BWV 1053 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
57. Concerto for Oboe d'Amore in A major, BWV 1055 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
58. Concerto for Flute in E minor, BWV 1059/BWV 35 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
59. Preise dein Glücke, gesegnetes Sachsen, BWV 215 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
60. Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen, BWV 32 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: 1726 ; Leipzig, Germany
61. Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 731 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
62. Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, BWV 1041 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1717-1723 ; Cöthen, Germany
63. Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, BWV 1041 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1717-1723 ; Cöthen, Germany
64. Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1717-1723 ; Cöthen, Germany
65. Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1717-1723 ; Cöthen, Germany
66. Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1717-1723 ; Cöthen, Germany
67. Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Daniele Boccaccio (Organ)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1717-1723 ; Cöthen, Germany
68. Trio Sonata for Organ no 6 in G major, BWV 530 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Mario Folena (Flute), Roberto Loreggian (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1727 ; Leipzig, Germany
69. Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Roberto Lorregian (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
70. Sonata for Violin solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1005 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Roberto Lorregian (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
71. Sonata for Violin solo no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Roberto Lorregian (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
72. Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Roberto Lorregian (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
73. Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Roberto Lorregian (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
74. Trio Sonata for Organ no 1 in E flat major, BWV 525 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Mario Folena (Flute), Roberto Loreggian (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1727 ; Leipzig, Germany
75. Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Roberto Lorregian (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
76. Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Roberto Lorregian (Keyboard)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
77. Toccatas (2) for Piano (after Bach, BWV 564 and 565), K B29 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer: Sandro Ivo Bartoli (Piano)
78. Praeludium & Fuge, transcription for piano in D major (after J. S. Bach, BWV 532), KiV B20 by Ferruccio Busoni
Performer: Sandro Ivo Bartoli (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1888 ; Italy
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