The Well-Tempered Consort - I

 
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J. S. BACH
The Well-Tempered Consort - I
Phantasm

[ Linn / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 24 January 2020

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In this new recording Phantasm make no excuses for arranging some of Bach's remarkable keyboard music for a consort of viols. Led by director Laurence Dreyfus they go on a conscious mission to uncover the hidden riches concealed behind the more neutral resources of the harpsichord and organ so as to liberate the fascinating characters lurking in the shadows and behind the scenes within Bach's individual polyphonic lines. In the process of fugal confrontation among three to six musicians, they come face to face with the astounding psychological insights of Bach's most radical inventions. Drawn chiefly from the two books of the Well-Tempered Clavier, the Musical Offering and the Clavier-Übung III, the repertoire chosen for this recording has an uncanny way of forging Bach's links with the old English traditions of the Fantasy and In nomine as much as leaping forward into a chromatic twelve-tone world where the raw emotions of expressionist modernism become not only audible but adventurously relevant. A second instalment of The Well-Tempered Consort is already planned for 2021.

Tracks:

Musical Offering, BWV 1079: Ricercar a3
Inventions and Sinfonias: Sinfonia No. 9, BWV 795
An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653b
The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1: I. Prelude No. 19, BWV 864
The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1: II. Fugue No. 19, BWV 864
Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 547: II. Fugue
The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2: II. Fugue No. 17, BWV 886
The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1: I. Prelude No. 22, BWV 867
The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1: II. Fugue No. 22, BWV 867
The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1: II. Fugue No. 14, BWV 859
The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1: I. Prelude No. 24, BWV 869
The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1: II. Fugue No. 24, BWV 869
The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1: II. Fugue No. 9, BWV 854
Clavier-Übung III: Aus tiefer Not, BWV 686
The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2: I. Prelude No. 22, BWV 891
The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2: II. Fugue No. 22, BWV 891
Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV 737
Clavier-Übung III: Fugue, BWV 552
Clavier-Übung III: Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist, BWV 671
Musical Offering, BWV 1079: Ricercar a6