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Bach: Piano Works

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The great Nelson Freire waited until 2015, at the venerable age of 71 years young, to fully dedicate a record to Johann Sebastian Bach. Rather than attacking one genre, or one group, he prefers to offer up a cleverly conceived panorama of great original compositions, as well as transcriptions for piano based on his pieces for organ and vocal works. The transcripts are those of Alexander Siloti, Ferruccio Busoni or Myra Hess. As a bonus, we discover an example of a transcription of Bach himself - but from a colleague, Marcello in this case. Obviously, the transcription style of Bach vs. those of Siloti, Busoni and Hess differ radically, if only by the fact that the latter three were made for a modern piano, while Bach transcribed from Marcello's chamber orchestra to end up with a sole harpsichord. Nelson Freire, who plays the original pieces of Bach or quasi-romantic transcriptions, delivers a speech with full transparency here, allowing the listener to marvel in the polyphonic complexity of this timeless music. © SM/Qobuz, Translation/BM

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Partita No.4 in D , BWV 828 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
1. Overture
00:04:30

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

2
2. Allemande
00:06:11

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

3
3. Courante
00:03:14

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

4
4. Aria
00:01:25

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

5
5. Sarabande
00:03:29

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

6
6. Menuet
00:01:20

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

7
7. Gigue
00:02:41

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

8
J.S. Bach: Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911
00:10:24

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

English Suite No.3 in G minor, BWV 808 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

9
1. Prélude
00:02:55

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

10
2. Allemande
00:02:44

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

11
3. Courante
00:01:49

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

12
4. Sarabande
00:02:54

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

13
5. Gavotte I - Gavotte II ou la musette
00:03:21

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

14
6. Gigue
00:02:44

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

15
1. Fantasia
00:05:26

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

16
2. Fugue
00:04:33

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

Concerto in D minor, BWV 974 - for Harpsichord/Arranged by Bach from: Oboe Concerto in D minor by Alessandro Marcello (1685-1750) (Johann Sebastian Bach)

17
2. Andante
00:03:27

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

18
J.S. Bach: Choral: "Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ", BWV 639 (Arr. Busoni)
00:03:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Arranger, Work Arranger - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

19
J.S. Bach: Choral: "Komm Gott Schopfer heiliger Geist", BWV 667 (Arr. Busoni)
00:02:11

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Arranger, Work Arranger - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

20
J.S. Bach: Choral: "Nun komm der Heiden Heiland", BWV 659 (Arr. Busoni)
00:05:01

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Ferruccio Busoni, Contributor, Transcription - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

21
J.S. Bach: Prelude in G Minor, BWV 535 (Arr. Piano by Siloti)
00:04:32

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer - Alexander Iljitsch Siloti, Arranger, Work Arranger

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, Cantata BWV 147 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

22
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Arr. Piano by Kempff)
00:03:40

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Nelson Freire, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wilhelm Kempff, Arranger, Work Arranger - Jonathan Stokes, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Dominic Fyfe, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Decca Music Group Limited

Album Description

The great Nelson Freire waited until 2015, at the venerable age of 71 years young, to fully dedicate a record to Johann Sebastian Bach. Rather than attacking one genre, or one group, he prefers to offer up a cleverly conceived panorama of great original compositions, as well as transcriptions for piano based on his pieces for organ and vocal works. The transcripts are those of Alexander Siloti, Ferruccio Busoni or Myra Hess. As a bonus, we discover an example of a transcription of Bach himself - but from a colleague, Marcello in this case. Obviously, the transcription style of Bach vs. those of Siloti, Busoni and Hess differ radically, if only by the fact that the latter three were made for a modern piano, while Bach transcribed from Marcello's chamber orchestra to end up with a sole harpsichord. Nelson Freire, who plays the original pieces of Bach or quasi-romantic transcriptions, delivers a speech with full transparency here, allowing the listener to marvel in the polyphonic complexity of this timeless music. © SM/Qobuz, Translation/BM

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