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BACH, J.S.: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 2 (Great Pianists) (1925-1950)

Composer(s):Bach, Johann SebastianGrainger, Percy
Period(s) 20th CenturyBaroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicConcertosInstrumental
Catalogue 8.111119
Label Naxos Historical
Quality   320kbps


Review By David Denton,Naxos,January 2007

Rarely do you find a heading longer than the review. Even that has been reduced to a bare minimum, each work including in brackets the arranger and artist(s) that I hope is self-explanatory. The disc is one for the curious who seeks to move away from the real Bach to a new version devised by pianists for their pleasure. Certainly if you sample any of the first three tracks you will be hooked, the two piano arrangement by Victor Babin of the Organ Sonata so successful you could well imagine it to be an original score. It receives a sprightly and joyous performance, which is not always the case as we progress through the disc, Edwin Fischer's 'St. Anne' Prelude and Fugue so dour as to become boring. The transcriptions cover the literal to the



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