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Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring: Favorite Piano Transcriptions

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring: Favorite Piano Transcriptions

by Wilhelm KempffWilhelm Kempff

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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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Release Date: 06/12/2007
Label: Eloquence Australia
UPC: 0028945762425
catalogNumber: 4576242
Rank: 90769


  1. Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (II), chorale prelude for organ (Achtzehn Choräle No. 8), BWV 659 (BC K82)
  2. Es ist gewisslich an der Zeit, chorale setting for 4 voices, BWV 307 (BC F150)
  3. Sonata for flute & keyboard in E flat major, BWV 1031: Sicilienne

    1. Sicilienne
  4. Herzlich tut mich verlangen, chorale prelude for organ, BWV 727 (BC K109)
  5. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): 'Jesu joy of man’s desiring'

    1. 'Jesu joy of man’s desiring'
  6. In dulci jubilo (IV), chorale prelude for organ (by Johann Micheal Bach, not J.S.), BWV 751
  7. Cantata No. 29, "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir," BWV 29 (BC B8): Sinfonia

    1. Sinfonia
  8. Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Chorale-Prelude, 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme'

    1. Chorale-Prelude, 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme'
  9. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: Largo

    1. Largo
  10. Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (I), chorale prelude for organ (Orgel-Büchlein No. 41), BWV 639 (BC K68)
  11. Suite for keyboard (Suite de piece), Vol.2, No.1 in B flat, HWV 434: Minuet in G minor

    1. Minuet in G minor
  12. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Ballet music. Orpheus' Lament

    1. Ballet music. Orpheus' Lament
  13. Orfeo ed Euridice (Italian version), opera in 3 acts, Wq. 30: Ballet music. Dance of the Blessed Spirits

    1. Ballet music. Dance of the Blessed Spirits
  14. English Suite, for keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808 (BC L15)

    1. Prelude
    2. Allemande
    3. Courante
    4. Sarabande 1
    5. Sarabande 2
    6. Gavotte 1
    7. Gavotte 2
    8. Gavotte 1 da capo
    9. Gigue
  15. French Suite, for keyboard No. 5 in G major, BWV 816 (BC L23)

    1. Allemande
    2. Courante
    3. Sarabande
    4. Gavotte
    5. Bourrée
    6. Loure
    7. Gigue

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