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Bach: Little Books

Francesco Corti

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Little by little, Francesco Corti begins to stand out with his colourful personality. In some respects, he reminds us of Ottavio Dantone and his vivid, overflowing imagination. Here, the masterful blend of rigour and fantasy is striking. And what a copious program – over 80 minutes long!
The Praeludium BWV 815a is the ideal entry point before a French Suite in E Flat major (No. 4) by J. S. Bach (here the 1722 version, which never appears constrained by its structure). Have we ever heard such natural polyphony, beautifully deployed harmonies and rhythmic diversity? In fact we have, with pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva in a 1987 concert in Salzburg (Orfeo).
Then come the (re)discoveries. If Leonhardt had once shown (Teldec) the beauty of Kuhnau's biblical sonatas, Francesco Corti gives Il lamento di Hiskia an unexpected depth. It takes on a truly transitional form between the French Tombeaux and the denser recitatives of Bach's Passions, whereas L'allegrezza del Re directly evokes France. After a short and unremarkable Hasse passage, Francesco Corti throws himself into Praeludium, Fugue & Postludium in G minor by Georg Böhm, which is perhaps even more poetic than its twin, Praeludium, Fugue et Allegro in E flat major by J. S. Bach (BWV 998) which the harpsichordist performs in an unrushed and improvisational manner, a performance style which can also be found in Capriccio Sopra’s overture lontananza del fratello dilettissimo BWV 992.
Ken Yoshida captures a wonderful recording of the sublime Andrea Restelli harpsichord which is modelled on a 1738 Christian Valer preserved at Nuremberg, played by one of the most intense artists on the young Baroque scene. Discover this recital in all its glory, it is certainly worth the listen. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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1
Praeludium, BWV 815a (Attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach)
00:01:52

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

French Suite in E-Flat Major, BWV 815 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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I. Allemande
00:03:17

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

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II. Courante
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Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

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4
III. Sarabande
00:02:49

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

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IV. Gavotte
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Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

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V. Air
00:01:31

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

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VI. Gigue
00:02:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

Suonata Quarta in C Minor (Johann Kuhnau)

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I. Il lamento di Hiskia per la morte annonciatagli e le sue preghiere ardenti
00:03:53

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

9
II. La di lui confidenza in Iddio
00:01:36

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

10
III. L'allegrezza del Re convalescente
00:02:14

Johann KUHNAU, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

11
Polonaise in G Major (BWV Anh. 130)
00:01:36

Johann Adolf Hasse, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

12
Praeludium, Fugue and Postludium in G Minor
00:08:27

Georg Böhm, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

Praeludium, Fugue and Allegro in E-Flat Major, BWV 998 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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I. Praeludium
00:02:59

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

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II. Fugue
00:05:51

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

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III. Allegro
00:03:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

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Rondeau in B-Flat Major (BWV Anh. 183)
00:04:59

François Couperin, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

Ouverture in E-Flat Major, TWV 55:Es4 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

17
I. Ouverture - Entrée (Arr. for Keyboard)
00:06:08

Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

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II. Menuet I - II (Arr. for Keyboard)
00:02:44

Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

19
III. Loure - Gigue (Arr. for Keyboard)
00:04:44

Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

20
IV. Bourrée I - II - Polonaise (Arr. for Keyboard)
00:04:09

Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

21
V. Aria (Arr. for Keyboard)
00:02:34

Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

22
VI. Passepied I - II (Arr. for Keyboard)
00:01:50

Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

Capriccio sopra la lontananza del fratello dilettissimo in B-Flat Major, BWV 992 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

23
I. Arioso. Adagio. Ist eine Schmeichelung der Freunde, um denselben von seiner Reise abzuhalten.
00:02:24

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

24
II. Ist ein Vorstellung unterschiedlicher Casum, die ihm der Fremde könnten vorfallen.
00:01:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

25
III. Adagiosissimo. Ist ein allgemeines Lamento der Freunde.
00:02:49

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

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IV. Allhier kommen die Freunde, weil sie doch sehen, dass es andres nicht kann sein, und nehmen Abschied.
00:00:43

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

27
V. Aria di Postiglione. Allegro poco.
00:01:05

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

28
VI. Fuga all'imitazione di Posta.
00:02:28

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

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Wer nun den lieben Gott läßt walten, BWV 691
00:01:54

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Francesco Corti, MainArtist

2020 Outhere Music France 2020 Outhere Music France

Album Description

Little by little, Francesco Corti begins to stand out with his colourful personality. In some respects, he reminds us of Ottavio Dantone and his vivid, overflowing imagination. Here, the masterful blend of rigour and fantasy is striking. And what a copious program – over 80 minutes long!
The Praeludium BWV 815a is the ideal entry point before a French Suite in E Flat major (No. 4) by J. S. Bach (here the 1722 version, which never appears constrained by its structure). Have we ever heard such natural polyphony, beautifully deployed harmonies and rhythmic diversity? In fact we have, with pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva in a 1987 concert in Salzburg (Orfeo).
Then come the (re)discoveries. If Leonhardt had once shown (Teldec) the beauty of Kuhnau's biblical sonatas, Francesco Corti gives Il lamento di Hiskia an unexpected depth. It takes on a truly transitional form between the French Tombeaux and the denser recitatives of Bach's Passions, whereas L'allegrezza del Re directly evokes France. After a short and unremarkable Hasse passage, Francesco Corti throws himself into Praeludium, Fugue & Postludium in G minor by Georg Böhm, which is perhaps even more poetic than its twin, Praeludium, Fugue et Allegro in E flat major by J. S. Bach (BWV 998) which the harpsichordist performs in an unrushed and improvisational manner, a performance style which can also be found in Capriccio Sopra’s overture lontananza del fratello dilettissimo BWV 992.
Ken Yoshida captures a wonderful recording of the sublime Andrea Restelli harpsichord which is modelled on a 1738 Christian Valer preserved at Nuremberg, played by one of the most intense artists on the young Baroque scene. Discover this recital in all its glory, it is certainly worth the listen. © Pierre-Yves Lascar/Qobuz

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