Qobuz Store wallpaper
Categories:
Cart 0

Your cart is empty

Benjamin Alard|J.S. Bach: The Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 5, "Toccata & Weimar 1708-1717"

J.S. Bach: The Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 5, "Toccata & Weimar 1708-1717"

Benjamin Alard

Digital booklet

Available in
logo Hi-Res
24-Bit 96.0 kHz - Stereo

Unlimited Streaming

Listen to this album in high quality now on our apps

Start my trial period and start listening to this album

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Subscribe

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Digital Download

Purchase and download this album in a wide variety of formats depending on your needs.

The scale and detail of Benjamin Alard’s project to record all of Bach’s keyboard music only becomes more apparent as the series progresses. For a quick reminder, he’s grouping works not by genre but by chronology, meaning that any given volume represents a huge breadth of style. Also of instrument types and timbres, because as painstaking as the actual programming has been his matching of repertoire to an array of beautiful instruments, often thinking well outside the usual box.

Volume 5 sits at the end of Bach’s youthful Weimar period, just before the action moves to the Cöthen, and those for whom Alard’s choices of keyboard have proved to be an especial source of fascination will want to know that this is the first volume for which Alard has introduced a clavichord to the mix – the only forerunner of the piano that was capable of producing dynamic variation by weight of touch alone. His chosen instrument is the Philharmonie de Paris’s silvery Émile Jobin clavichord (1998) after Christian Gottfried Friederici Gera (1773), and the soft, expressive intimacy it brings to Bach’s concerto transcriptions, such as the Concerto in G minor BWV 985 after a Telemann violin concerto, is very beguiling. As is the singing, dainty lilt he and it have brought to the Toccata in G major BWV 916. Which brings me to the volume’s other defining feature, which is its celebration of the art of the “toccata” (Italian for “touch”) style - one of improvisatory, unmeasured passages alternating with fugal sections. And Alard has in fact begun the whole programme with a nimbly elegant, fleet-footedly momentum-filled reading of the most famous toccata of all, the mighty Toccata and fugue in D minor BWV 565, which he performs on the bright-toned Quentin Blumenroeder organ in Paris’s Temple du Foyer de l’Âme.

As for the final instrument on the billing, it’s the welcome return of the big-toned beauty we heard on Volume 4 – the Philippe Humeau copy of a 1720 Hamburg pedal harpsichord, which here Alard uses to bring ringing drama (magnificent trills….) to works such as the Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 538.

In short, I’m already joyfully anticipating the Cöthen years. © Charlotte Gardner/Qobuz

More info

J.S. Bach: The Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 5, "Toccata & Weimar 1708-1717"

Benjamin Alard

launch qobuz app I already downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS Open

download qobuz app I have not downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS yet Download the Qobuz app

You are currently listening to samples.

Listen to over 80 million songs with an unlimited streaming plan.

Listen to this playlist and more than 80 million songs with our unlimited streaming plans.

From $10.83/month

1
Toccata & Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565
00:07:38

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Organ, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

2
"Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält", BWV 1128 (Chorale Prelude)
00:05:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Organ, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

3
"Liebster Jesu, wird sind hier", BWV 731 (Chorale Prelude)
00:01:53

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Organ, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

4
"Liebster Jesu, wird sind hier", BWV 730 (Chorale Prelude)
00:01:17

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Organ, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

5
Prelude and fugue in C Major, BWV 545a (Early version)
00:05:23

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Organ, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

6
"Jesu, meine Freude", BWV 713 (Chorale Prelude)
00:04:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Organ, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

7
"Christus, der uns selig macht", BWV 747 (Chorale Prelude)
00:03:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Organ, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

8
"Herzlich tut mich verlangen", BWV 727 (Chorale Prelude)
00:01:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Organ, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

9
"Liebster Jesu, wird sind hier", BWV 706 (Chorale Prelude)
00:02:13

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Organ, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

10
Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543 (Early version BWV 543/1a for the Prelude)
00:09:04

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Organ, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

11
Fantasia super "Christ lag in Todesbanden", BWV 695
00:03:28

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Organ, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

12
Trio in D Minor, BWV 528/2a (Early version)
00:04:25

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Organ, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

13
Toccata and Fugue in F Major, BWV 540
00:13:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Organ, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

DISC 2

1
Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911
00:11:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

2
Prelude and Fugue in A Major, BWV 536a
00:06:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

3
Fantasia and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 904
00:07:57

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

4
Toccata in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 910
00:11:24

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

5
"Sei gegrüsset, Jesu gütig", BWV 768 (Chorale Partita)
00:10:24

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

6
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 538
00:12:40

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Harpsichord, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

DISC 3

1
Toccata in G Major, BWV 916
00:08:51

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

Concerto in G Minor, BWV 985 (After Violin Concerto by Georg Philipp Telemann) (Johann Sebastian Bach)

2
I. Allegro
00:02:54

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

3
II. Adagio
00:02:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

4
III. Allegro
00:02:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

5
Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 699 (Fughetta)
00:01:12

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

6
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, BWV 701 (Fughetta)
00:01:14

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

7
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 697 (Fughetta)
00:00:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

8
Das Jesulein soll doch mein Trost, BWV 702 (Fughetta)
00:01:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

9
Gottes Sohn ist kommen, BWV 703 (Fughetta)
00:00:42

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

10
Lob sei dem allmächtigen Gott, BWV 704 (Fughetta)
00:00:55

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

11
Christum wir sollen loben schon, BWV 696 (Fughetta)
00:01:20

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

12
Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn, BWV 698 (Fughetta)
00:01:15

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

Concerto in B-Flat Major, BWV 982 (After Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar's Violin Concerto, Op. 1 No. 1) (Johann Sebastian Bach)

13
I. Allegro
00:02:24

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

14
II. Adagio - Allegro
00:03:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

15
III. Allegro
00:01:54

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

Concerto in D Minor, BWV 987 (After Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar's Concerto, Op. 1 No. 4) (Johann Sebastian Bach)

16
I. Adagio - Presto - Adagio - Presto - Grave
00:02:05

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

17
II. Un poco allegro
00:02:19

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

18
III. Adagio
00:00:30

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

19
IV. Vivace
00:01:23

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

20
Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 722 (Passaggio Chorale)
00:01:08

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

21
Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich, BWV 732 (Passaggio Chorale)
00:01:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

22
In dulci jubilo, BWV 729 (Passaggio Chorale)
00:02:23

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

23
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, BWV 738a (Early version) (Passaggio Chorale)
00:01:01

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

24
Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 895
00:03:05

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

Concerto in C Minor, BWV 981 (After Benedetto Marcello's Concerto, Op. 1 No. 2) (Johann Sebastian Bach)

25
I. Adagio
00:02:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

26
II. Vivace
00:02:06

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

27
III. Adagio
00:02:04

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

28
IV. Prestissimo
00:05:08

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Benjamin Alard, Soloist, MainArtist

2020 harmonia mundi 2021 harmonia mundi

Album Description

The scale and detail of Benjamin Alard’s project to record all of Bach’s keyboard music only becomes more apparent as the series progresses. For a quick reminder, he’s grouping works not by genre but by chronology, meaning that any given volume represents a huge breadth of style. Also of instrument types and timbres, because as painstaking as the actual programming has been his matching of repertoire to an array of beautiful instruments, often thinking well outside the usual box.

Volume 5 sits at the end of Bach’s youthful Weimar period, just before the action moves to the Cöthen, and those for whom Alard’s choices of keyboard have proved to be an especial source of fascination will want to know that this is the first volume for which Alard has introduced a clavichord to the mix – the only forerunner of the piano that was capable of producing dynamic variation by weight of touch alone. His chosen instrument is the Philharmonie de Paris’s silvery Émile Jobin clavichord (1998) after Christian Gottfried Friederici Gera (1773), and the soft, expressive intimacy it brings to Bach’s concerto transcriptions, such as the Concerto in G minor BWV 985 after a Telemann violin concerto, is very beguiling. As is the singing, dainty lilt he and it have brought to the Toccata in G major BWV 916. Which brings me to the volume’s other defining feature, which is its celebration of the art of the “toccata” (Italian for “touch”) style - one of improvisatory, unmeasured passages alternating with fugal sections. And Alard has in fact begun the whole programme with a nimbly elegant, fleet-footedly momentum-filled reading of the most famous toccata of all, the mighty Toccata and fugue in D minor BWV 565, which he performs on the bright-toned Quentin Blumenroeder organ in Paris’s Temple du Foyer de l’Âme.

As for the final instrument on the billing, it’s the welcome return of the big-toned beauty we heard on Volume 4 – the Philippe Humeau copy of a 1720 Hamburg pedal harpsichord, which here Alard uses to bring ringing drama (magnificent trills….) to works such as the Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 538.

In short, I’m already joyfully anticipating the Cöthen years. © Charlotte Gardner/Qobuz

About the album

Improve album information

Qobuz logo Why buy on Qobuz...

On sale now...

Vincenzo Bellini : Norma

Cecilia Bartoli

Vincenzo Bellini : Norma Cecilia Bartoli

Johannes Brahms / Clara Schumann

Lisa Batiashvili

Puccini: Tosca

Leontyne Price

Puccini: Tosca Leontyne Price

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

Billie Eilish

More on Qobuz
By Benjamin Alard

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 7: Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644 (with choir)

Benjamin Alard

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 6 "Das Wohltemperierte Klavier"

Benjamin Alard

Bach: Complete Keyboard Edition 3 "À la française"

Benjamin Alard

J.S. Bach: The Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 1 - The Young Heir - Le Jeune héritier

Benjamin Alard

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 4 "Alla Veneziana"

Benjamin Alard

Playlists

You may also like...

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 8 "Unfinished" & 9 "The Great"

Herbert Blomstedt

Sibelius: Complete Symphonies

Klaus Mäkelä

The New Four Seasons - Vivaldi Recomposed

Max Richter

Old Friends New Friends

Nils Frahm

Nightscapes

Magdalena Hoffmann

Nightscapes Magdalena Hoffmann
In your panoramas...
Jonas Kaufmann in 10 Key Albums

With his flattering physique reminiscent of a handsome romantic, German Jonas Kaufmann has successfully modernised the image of opera tenors, long considered as unrepentant tumblers… Beyond his powerful and versatile voice, Jonas Kaufmann possesses an immense repertoire in several languages, masters all styles of opera, from Wagner to Verdi or Puccini, and sings the lied or the French opera to perfection. A great admirer of Fritz Wunderlich, he started his career “the old fashioned way”, in a company touring around small German theatres before taking off on his own towards a prodigious career. After a chaotic year in 2017 due to a ruptured blood vessel on his vocal chords, Jonas Kaufmann seems to have fully recovered and is working on countless new projects. Qobuz looks back on his career, highlighting 10 albums.

Neoclassicism: The New World Between Classical Music and Electro

Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Max Richter, Poppy Ackroyd, Peter Broderick, Joana Gama... In recent years, these popular names have all been grouped under the vast and imprecise label "neoclassical". In truth, this "scene" looks more like a motley crew of curious artists who mix classical instruments with electronic production. Drawing influence from American minimalism, these musicians tantalise the senses and expand horizons on both sides of the musical spectrum.

Erased Tapes, a Not-so-classic Label

Since its birth in 2007, Erased Tapes has made a name for itself as one of the most innovative labels of the last 15 years and enjoyed great commercial success. Although some fail to see past its neoclassical shopfront (Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds), the London-based label explores the outer limits of ambient, electronica and experimental with a catalogue that's smoothly curated by the German Robert Raths. Qobuz takes a closer look.

In the news...