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BACH, J.S.: Italian Concerto / Toccatas / Concerto for 2 Keyboards, BWV 1061 (Schnabel) (1936-1950)


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BACH, J.S.: Italian Concerto / Toccatas / Concerto for 2 Keyboards, BWV 1061 (Schnabel) (1936-1950)

This release contains all of Schnabel’s commercial disc recordings of the works of J. S. Bach, a composer whose keyboard music the pianist felt was too intimate for performance in the concert hall. One of Schnabel’s greatest talents was the ability to employ not only seemingly natural tempos but, more importantly, the perfect tempo relationship between sections and movements. Of the recording of the Toccata in C minor, BWV 911, one critic wrote upon its release, ‘Schnabel has rarely made a more satisfying recording than this. He refuses speed and brilliance to the opening Allegro moderato, taking it more slowly than is usual… he makes the transition to the Adagio seem inevitably right.’ The Prelude and Fugue from The Well- Tempered Clavier was the last recording Schnabel made before his death in 1951.

Bach, Johann Sebastian

  Concerto in the Italian Style in F Major, BWV 971, "Italian Concerto"
1.   I. (Allegro) 00:03:17
2.   II. Andante 00:05:35
3.   III. Presto 00:03:13
  Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903
4.   Fantasia 00:07:08
5.   Fugue 00:04:11
  The Well-tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 5 in D Major, BWV 850
6.   Prelude 00:01:17
7.   Fugue 00:02:22
  Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911
8.   Introduction - Adagio - 00:03:47
9.   Fugue I - 00:02:37
10.   Fugue II 00:04:27
  Toccata in D Major, BWV 912
11.   Introduction (Presto) - Allegro - 00:02:24
12.   Adagio - (Fugato - Adagio) - 00:06:41
13.   Fugue (Presto) 00:02:41
  Concerto for 2 Keyboards in C Major, BWV 1061
14.   I. (Allegro) 00:06:44
15.   II. Adagio 00:07:39
16.   III. Fuga 00:05:09

Total Playing Time: 01:09:12

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Boult, Adrian

London Symphony Orchestra

Schnabel, Artur; Schnabel, Karl Ulrich

Label: Naxos Historical

Series: Great Pianists

Genre: Concertos; Instrumental

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: 8.111286

Barcode: 0747313328628

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Physical Release: 04/2008

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