Bach: Keyboard Masterworks

Bach: Keyboard Masterworks

by Andrew Rangell


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Bach: Keyboard Masterworks

Andrew Rangell's three-CD presentation of keyboard masterworks of J.S. Bach is a combination reissue, bringing together an album released in 1993 featuring the "Goldberg Variations," the "Toccata in F sharp minor," and "Two Ricercars from the Musical Offering," and a double-disc set of the six partitas issued in 2001; both albums were on the Dorian label. The pressing by Steinway & Sons is faithful to the original recordings' sound, and the clarity and depth of Rangell's playing are easy to appreciate in the close-up recording. The fluidity of Rangell's rhythms are always in the service of the independence of parts, so what may seem like odd grace notes or slight misalignments of parts are actually intended in the spirit of ornamentation and improvisation. While there is often a brusqueness to his attacks, a uniformity of dynamics, and a consistent edginess to his tone, which in its relative lack of variety seems monochromatic, Rangell's playing is bracing and ear-opening in small amounts. But even though the "Goldberg Variations," and to a lesser degree the partitas, are works that almost demand to be heard in one or two sittings, listeners may prefer to break them up into manageable portions.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/2013
Label: Steinway & Sons
UPC: 0034062300242
catalogNumber: 30024


  1. Partita for keyboard No. 5 in G major, BWV 829 (BC L5)
  2. Partita for keyboard No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827 (BC L3)
  3. Partita for keyboard No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830 (BC L6)
  4. Partita for keyboard No. 4 in D major, BWV 828 (BC L4)
  5. Partita for keyboard No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 (BC L2)
  6. Partita for keyboard No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 (BC L1)
  7. The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), for keyboard and chamber instruments, BWV 1079
  8. Toccata for keyboard in F sharp minor, BWV 910 (BC L146)
  9. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9)

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