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BACH: Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue / Aria variata / French Overture

Composer(s):Bach, Johann Sebastian
Artist(s) Jando, Jeno, piano
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.570291
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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A skilled harpsichordist as well as a great organist, Johann Sebstian Bach wrote a large quantity of keyboard music of considerable variety and in every known form of the time. The programme on this disc ranges widely from the masterful German contrapuntal writing of the Fantasias and Fugues, and the melodically inventive Variations in the Italian style, to the Ouvertüre nach französischer Art, BWV 831, an extended sequence of several different French dances.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

This is not only one of Jeno Jandó’s finest records, it is one of the finest available recitals of Bach’s shorter keyboard pieces on the piano. Jandó’s opening of the Chromatic Fantasia is dazzling in its flair and crisp virtuosity, and the following Aria variata with its ten variations is ear-tweaking in its diversity. The two works with fugues are spacious and splendidly articulated, and the Overture in the French Style completes a most satisfying disc, very well recorded.

Review By Anthony Clarke,Limelight Magazine,July 2007

This is a worthwhile anthology, played by Jeno Jando so persuasively on a modern piano that all thoughts of musical veracity or historical correctness disappear. I wish the notes indicated what type of piano is used in this recording. Whatever it is, the result is startling. Through the combination of instrument and ambience, Jando is able to make his piano deliver the crisp articulation of a harpsichord, while at times his sweeps of glistening notes sound like the strumming of a harp….All the pieces are marked by Jeno Jando’s very relaxed, very free style of playing. There’s a delicious ease here which makes listening just as joyous as we can imagine his performance was.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,April 2007

Regular readers will know my aversion to Bach played on a modern piano, though I would concede that the Hungarian pianist, Jeno Jando, does everything possible to make his piano sound like a harpsichord, his fingers neat and crisp. Unlike Glen Gould's landmark Bach recordings where he fitted the music into a rhythmic straitjacket, Jando is very free as you will, for instance, find in the third variation of the Aria variata which becomes increasingly animated, a feature of many of the work's faster sections. At the same time the harpsichordist would not have had the possibility of making his instrument speak at Jando's mercurial tempos. All very exciting, the slower sections played with a nice sense of relaxation, the sustaining pedal used to finish off and elongate



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