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Bach: The Two and Three Part Inventions (Inventions & Sinfonias)
     

Bach: The Two and Three Part Inventions (Inventions & Sinfonias)

by Glenn Gould
 
Sony has re-packaged Glenn Gould's complete "Two-Part Inventions" and "Sinfonias" (Three-Part Inventions), "expanding" the original release by adding the "English Suite No. 1." His approach to all of these is to perform them as if he were playing a harpsichord. He adds only minimal amounts of shading and rubato, compared to other piano performances of See more details below

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Sony has re-packaged Glenn Gould's complete "Two-Part Inventions" and "Sinfonias" (Three-Part Inventions), "expanding" the original release by adding the "English Suite No. 1." His approach to all of these is to perform them as if he were playing a harpsichord. He adds only minimal amounts of shading and rubato, compared to other piano performances of Bach. For those who do not like Gould's Bach recordings, what they mostly object to in this instance are the tempos he uses. Many of the inventions, such as "Sinfonia No. 6" and "Invention No. 13," are faster than most pianists play them. These instances outnumber those at the opposite extreme, such as "Sinfonia No. 11," which is much slower than "normal." Other than general introductions to the sets, Bach left no specific performance notes for these, so who's to say what is a correct speed for any of them? Setting aside the humming along (which isn't as audible here as on some of his other recordings), what appeals in his playing is the comfortable confidence of it. Obviously he has given thought to how he wants these pieces to sound, but whereas one can almost hear that thinking process in other pianists' performances, Gould sounds as if he just sits down and plays as he pleases. The simple lines of the "English Suite No. 1" make it a good fit with the inventions. Gould plays it with refinement and brings out the dance aspects of the movements. Despite what people think about the correctness or appropriateness of Gould's interpretations, it is his assuredness in them that is worth hearing.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969040126
catalogNumber:
90401

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Tracks

  1. Two-Part Invention, for keyboard No. 1 in C major, BWV 772 (BC L42)  (01:30)
  2. Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard No. 1 in C major, BWV 787 (BC L42)  (00:45)
  3. Two-Part Invention, for keyboard No. 2 in C minor, BWV 773 (BC L43)  (02:54)
  4. Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard No. 2 in C minor, BWV 788 (BC L43)  (03:02)
  5. Two-Part Invention, for keyboard No. 5 in E flat major, BWV 776 (BC L46)  (01:21)
  6. Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard No. 5 in E flat major, BWV 791 (BC L46)  (03:06)
  7. Two-Part Invention, for keyboard No. 14 in B flat major, BWV 785 (BC L55)  (01:37)
  8. Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard No. 14 in B flat major, BWV 800 (BC L55)  (01:08)
  9. Two-Part Invention, for keyboard No. 11 in G minor, BWV 782 (BC L52)  (00:54)
  10. Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard No. 11 in G minor, BWV 797 (BC L52)  (03:43)
  11. Two-Part Invention, for keyboard No. 10 in G major, BWV 781 (BC L51)  (00:40)
  12. Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard No. 10 in G major, BWV 796 (BC L51)  (00:57)
  13. Two-Part Invention, for keyboard No. 15 in B minor, BWV 786 (BC L56)  (00:51)
  14. Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard No. 15 in B minor, BWV 801 (BC L56)  (01:03)
  15. Two-Part Invention, for keyboard No. 7 in E minor, BWV 778 (BC L48)  (00:54)
  16. Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard No. 7 in E minor, BWV 793 (BC L48)  (01:31)
  17. Two-Part Invention, for keyboard No. 6 in E major, BWV 777 (BC L47)  (02:41)
  18. Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard No. 6 in E major, BWV 792 (BC L47)  (00:49)
  19. Two-Part Invention, for keyboard No. 13 in A minor, BWV 784 (BC L54)  (00:44)
  20. Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard No. 13 in A minor, BWV 799 (BC L54)  (02:14)
  21. Two-Part Invention, for keyboard No. 12 in A major, BWV 783 (BC L53)  (00:55)
  22. Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard No. 12 in A major, BWV 798 (BC L53)  (01:15)
  23. Two-Part Invention, for keyboard No. 3 in D major, BWV 774 (BC L44)  (00:59)
  24. Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard No. 3 in D major, BWV 789 (BC L44)  (01:06)
  25. Two-Part Invention, for keyboard No. 4 in D minor, BWV 775 (BC L45)  (00:45)
  26. Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard No. 4 in D minor, BWV 790 (BC L45)  (03:13)
  27. Two-Part Invention, for keyboard No. 8 in F major, BWV 779 (BC L49)  (01:03)
  28. Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard No. 8 in F major, BWV 794 (BC L49)  (00:58)
  29. Two-Part Invention, for keyboard No. 9 in F minor, BWV 780 (BC L50)  (02:48)
  30. Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard No. 9 in F minor, BWV 795 (BC L50)  (04:25)
  31. English Suite, for keyboard No. 1 in A major, BWV 806 (BC L13)

    1. I. Prélude  (02:44)
    2. II. Allemande  (02:10)
    3. III. Courante I  (01:47)
    4. IV. Courante II  (02:11)
    5. V. Double I  (02:05)
    6. VI. Double II  (01:58)
    7. VII. Sarabande  (04:06)
    8. VIII. Bourée I  (01:15)
    9. IX. Bourée II (with da capo I)  (02:14)
    10. X. Gigue  (02:00)

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