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All Music Guide - James Leonard
This disc features transcriptions and performances by German pianist Wilhelm Kempff of 10 works by Bach, two by Gluck, and one by Handel. Kempff's transcriptions, while they cannot be said to surpass the originals, certainly transpose their beauties into a different medium with success. The limpid melody and undulating rhythms of Bach's Sicilienne from the "Flute Sonata No. 2" sound supremely well suited for the keyboard, and several of Kempff's other transcriptions here surpass even the better known efforts of Myra Hess and Ferruccio Busoni; there's a quiet intensity to Kempff's "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" that Hess' slightly more elaborate arrangement doesn't quite ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
This disc features transcriptions and performances by German pianist Wilhelm Kempff of 10 works by Bach, two by Gluck, and one by Handel. Kempff's transcriptions, while they cannot be said to surpass the originals, certainly transpose their beauties into a different medium with success. The limpid melody and undulating rhythms of Bach's Sicilienne from the "Flute Sonata No. 2" sound supremely well suited for the keyboard, and several of Kempff's other transcriptions here surpass even the better known efforts of Myra Hess and Ferruccio Busoni; there's a quiet intensity to Kempff's "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" that Hess' slightly more elaborate arrangement doesn't quite match, and an artistic humility to Kempff's "Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ" that Busoni's much more virtuosic version entirely lacks. Coupled with Kempff's pellucid playing of Bach's "G minor English Suite" and the "G major French Suite," the performances here are so completely as one with the music they can justly be called definitive. Every performance is captured in Deutsche Grammophon's clearest, cleanest, and truest stereo sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2007
  • Label: Eloquence Australia
  • UPC: 028945762425
  • Catalog Number: 4576242
  • Sales rank: 65,199

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (II), chorale prelude for organ (Achtzehn Choräle No. 8), BWV 659 (BC K82) - Wilhelm Kempff & Johann Sebastian Bach (4:34)
  2. 2 Es ist gewisslich an der Zeit, chorale setting for 4 voices, BWV 307 (BC F150) - Wilhelm Kempff & Johann Sebastian Bach (2:39)
  3. 3 Sonata for flute & keyboard in E flat major, BWV 1031: Sicilienne - Wilhelm Kempff & Johann Sebastian Bach (3:38)
  4. 4 Herzlich tut mich verlangen, chorale prelude for organ, BWV 727 (BC K109) - Wilhelm Kempff & Johann Sebastian Bach (2:11)
  5. 5 Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): 'Jesu joy of man’s desiring' - Wilhelm Kempff & Johann Sebastian Bach (3:23)
  6. 6 In dulci jubilo (IV), chorale prelude for organ (by Johann Micheal Bach, not J.S.), BWV 751 - Wilhelm Kempff & Johann Sebastian Bach (2:09)
  7. 7 Cantata No. 29, "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir," BWV 29 (BC B8): Sinfonia - Wilhelm Kempff & Johann Sebastian Bach (4:35)
  8. 8 Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Chorale-Prelude, 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme' - Wilhelm Kempff & Johann Sebastian Bach (4:49)
  9. 9 Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: Largo - Wilhelm Kempff & Johann Sebastian Bach (3:40)
  10. 10 Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 41), BWV 639 (BC K68) - Wilhelm Kempff & Johann Sebastian Bach (2:35)
  11. 11 Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, No.1 in B flat, HWV 434: Minuet in G minor - Wilhelm Kempff & George Frideric Handel (4:05)
  12. 12 Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Ballet music. Orpheus' Lament - Wilhelm Kempff & Christoph Willibald Gluck (3:00)
  13. 13 Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Ballet music. Dance of the Blessed Spirits - Wilhelm Kempff & Christoph Willibald Gluck (1:45)
  14. 14–22 English Suite, for keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808 (BC L15) - Wilhelm Kempff & Johann Sebastian Bach (19:17)
  15. 23–29 French Suite, for keyboard No. 5 in G major, BWV 816 (BC L23) - Wilhelm Kempff & Johann Sebastian Bach (16:46)
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Performance Credits
Wilhelm Kempff Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wilhelm Kempff interprets Bach, Handel and Gluck

    Wilhelm Kempff does a fine job of putting to piano these selections by Bach, Handel and Gluck. Sure, it's not harpsichord, and I know Kempff though his Beethoven recordings, so this may not be for the music history purist. I originally selected this CD for the title piece and soon found this disk to be full of delightful surprises, inspiring me in my own piano playing. This CD is played often and still remains in the player as one of our three favorites, whether it's to drown out the neighbor's dog, or to learn a new way to play an old piece, or to simply to enjoy for the sake of its own beauty and the sense of peace that it conveys.

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