Bach Arrangements

Bach Arrangements

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by Angela Hewitt
     
 
Gramophone magazine called Angela Hewitt "the Bach pianist of our time" -- high praise that happens to be completely deserved. Here is a player who can dance and sing through complex counterpoint, and who radiates joy in even the most solemn music. On this disc, Hewitt turns from Bach's original keyboard works to arrangements.

Overview

Gramophone magazine called Angela Hewitt "the Bach pianist of our time" -- high praise that happens to be completely deserved. Here is a player who can dance and sing through complex counterpoint, and who radiates joy in even the most solemn music. On this disc, Hewitt turns from Bach's original keyboard works to arrangements. The most famous of these is probably Myra Hess's transcription of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," played here with utter simplicity. Most of the other arrangements are less well known, but they are all worth hearing. Hewitt's interpretation of "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" (arr. Wilhelm Kempff) has a spring in its step, indicating that these sleepers woke up in a very good mood, indeed. An arrangement of "O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross" by the English composer Herbert Howells is especially moving, its slow tread sustained with a beautiful, singing tone. Hewitt plays three of her own transcriptions from the Orgelbüchlein, including the disc's final selection, "Alle Menschen müssen sterben." It is a quiet meditation that leaves the listener in a spirit of exalted tranquility and serves as the perfect foil for the mighty Passacaglia in C Minor (arr. Eugen d'Albert) that precedes it. This may be the most impressive entry yet in Hewitt's superb Bach cycle for Hyperion.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2001
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571173092
catalogNumber:
67309
Rank:
142036

Tracks

  1. Cantata No. 29, "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir," BWV 29: Sinfonia in D major  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Angela Hewitt  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon
  2. Sonata for flute & keyboard in E flat major, BWV 1031: Siciliano in G minor  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Angela Hewitt  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon
  3. Chorale prelude for organ ("Nun komm der Heiden Heiland"), BWV 659  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Angela Hewitt  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon
  4. Chorale prelude for organ ("Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme"), (Schübler No. 1), BWV 645  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Angela Hewitt  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon
  5. Chorale prelude for organ ("Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ"), BWV 639  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Angela Hewitt  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon
  6. Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," ("Hunting Cantata"), BWV 208: Sheep may safely graze  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Angela Hewitt  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon
  7. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147: Jesu, joy of man's desiring  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Angela Hewitt  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon
  8. Chorale prelude for organ ("Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein"), BWV 641  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Angela Hewitt  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon
  9. Chorale prelude for organ ("Das alte Jahr vergangen ist"), BWV 614  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Angela Hewitt  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon
  10. Chorale prelude for organ ("In dulci jubilo"), BWV 729  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Angela Hewitt  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon
  11. Chorale prelude for organ ("Herzlich tut mich verlangen"), BWV 727  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Angela Hewitt  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon
  12. Chorale prelude for organ ("Meine Seele erhebet den Herren"), (Schübler No. 4), BWV 648  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Angela Hewitt  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon
  13. Chorale prelude for organ ("O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross"), BWV 622  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Angela Hewitt  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon
  14. Cantata No. 22, "Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe," BWV 22: Sanctify us by Thy goodness  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Angela Hewitt  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon
  15. Cantata No. 127, "Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott," BWV 127: Die Seele ruht in Jesu Händen  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Angela Hewitt  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon
  16. Passacaglia and Fugue for organ in C minor, BWV 582  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Angela Hewitt  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon
  17. Chorale prelude for organ ("Alle Menschen müssen sterben"), BWV 643  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Angela Hewitt  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Terry Shannon

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Bach Arrangements 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Angela Hewitt's CD Bach Arrangements won the 2002 Juno Award as the best CD solo or classical. Truly a great CD.