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Bach Adagios [2007]
     

Bach Adagios [2007]

 
Since most of Johann Sebastian Bach's oratorios, cantatas, concertos, suites, and sonatas contain slow movements -- many of which have become favorite excerpts -- putting together a double album of them would seem quite easy; since Decca has an extensive catalog of Bach performances by such luminaries as Trevor Pinnock,

Overview

Since most of Johann Sebastian Bach's oratorios, cantatas, concertos, suites, and sonatas contain slow movements -- many of which have become favorite excerpts -- putting together a double album of them would seem quite easy; since Decca has an extensive catalog of Bach performances by such luminaries as Trevor Pinnock, Neville Marriner, Raymond Leppard, Arthur Grumiaux, Heinz Holliger, Alfred Brendel, and many others, assembling this collection would almost seem like child's play. All Bach's popular hits are included here, from the "Air on the G string" to the "Prelude in C major" from the "Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1," and the variety of solo performances and instrumental combinations keeps the music sounding fresh at virtually every track. Purists may lament that these are not uniformly authentic performances on period instruments, but there are certainly several examples of Baroque style here, though the majority of the selections tend toward modern practices. Because this collection is mostly directed to casual listeners, issues of historicity are perhaps secondary to the musicality of the performances, and most people will find the playing to be tasteful and the interpretations in the proper spirit. Decca's sound quality is quite smooth and well-balanced throughout, even though the session dates range from 1962 to 1998 and include ADD as well as DDD recordings; those who play this collection as background music will find it quite soothing and free of loud, disruptive passages. However, the choral tracks that close each disc -- "Jesu, Priceless Treasure," and "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" -- are a little disconcerting, coming after so much instrumental music, and feel too religious for what otherwise seems intended as a secular album.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2007
Label:
Deutsche Grammophon
UPC:
0028944297522
catalogNumber:
000944302
Rank:
66872

Tracks

  1. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air (Air on a G String)
  2. Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Sleepers Awake (Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme)
  3. Concerto for flute, violin, harpsichord, strings & continuo in A minor ("Triple"), BWV 1044: Adagio, ma non tanto, e dolce
  4. Cantata No. 156, "Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe," BWV 156 (BC A38): Sinfonia
  5. Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: Affettuoso
  6. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria
  7. Italian Concerto, for solo keyboard in F major (Clavier-Übung II/1), BWV 971 (BC L7): Andante
  8. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: Andante
  9. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: Largo
  10. Suite for solo cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012: Sarabande
  11. Concerto for oboe, violin, strings & continuo in F major (reconstruction), BWV 1053R: Siciliano
  12. Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Sinfonia
  13. Sonata for flute & keyboard in A major, BWV 1032: Largo
  14. Suite for lute in G minor, BWV 995: Gavotte 1/2 en Rondeau
  15. Jesu, meine Freude, motet for 5-part chorus, BWV 227 (BC C5): Jesu, Priceless Treasure
  16. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: Largo ma non tanto
  17. Sonata for flute & keyboard in E flat major, BWV 1031: Siciliano
  18. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042: Adagio
  19. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: Andante
  20. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: Andante
  21. Concerto for oboe & violin (or 2 violins), strings & continuo (reconstruction), BWV 1060R: Adagio
  22. Concerto for oboe d'amore, strings & continuo in A major (reconstruction), BWV 1055R: Larghetto
  23. Partita for keyboard No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 (BC L1): Praeludium
  24. Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049: Andante
  25. Partita for keyboard No. 4 in D major, BWV 828 (BC L4): Sarabande
  26. Concerto for oboe & violin (or 2 violins), strings & continuo (reconstruction), BWV 1060R: Adagio
  27. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 1 in C major (WTC I/1), BWV 846 (BC L80): Prelude no. 1
  28. Minuet for keyboard No. 36 in D minor (AMN II/36; doubtful), BWV Anh. 132
  29. Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: Gavotte en rondeau
  30. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring

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