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Masaaki Suzuki - J.S. Bach: Fantasias & Fugues (1998)

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Masaaki Suzuki - J.S. Bach: Fantasias & Fugues (1998)

Masaaki Suzuki - J.S. Bach: Fantasias & Fugues (1998)
XLD | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 77:19 | 568 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | Catalog: 1037

Following his magnificent recording of J.S. Bach's Inventions and Sinfonias for BIS last year, the Japanese harpsichordist/organist/conductor Masaaki Suzuki here offers more revelatory performances of some of Bach's equally well known (as well as some lesser known) masterpieces. With this collection, simply titled Fantasias & Fugues, Suzuki provides a grand overview of Bach's lifelong sporadic exploration of the Fantasia genre. And beginning with Bach's most well known fantasia, the Chromatic Fantasie & Fugue BWV 903, Suzuki launches what promises to be one of the most hauntingly beautiful Bach recitals offered this year. While there is certainly enough competition with BWV 903, Suzuki's performance is on par with the best. His approach is somewhat similar to the spright, lyrical renderings of Pierre Hantai and Blandine Verlet, although the way he propels the work unifies its overall rhythmic composition more convincingly. To get an idea, compare Hantai's total time (11:22) and Verlet's (11:51) with Suzuki's (9:40). Suzuki's sheer bravura here is a marvel! This is certainly not the precious "scholarly" Bach we're accustomed to hearing from Christopher Hogwood and Kenneth Gilbert.
Of the lesser known pieces, the A minor Fantasie & Fugue BWV 944 is equally compelling as Suzuki deftly executes the numerous runs that buttress the structure of the work. In another rarity, the B minor Prelude & Fugue on a theme of Tomaso Albinoni BWV 923/BWV 951, Suzuki's similarly impressive development of the opening theme hardly prepares us for the delicacy with which he handles the Fugue. A wonderful momentum, grace, and dignity are at work here. Suzuki's transcendental way with this music must simply be heard to be believed. Complementing the performance is a recording worthy of audiophile standards, for which kudos must go to producer/engineer Hans Kipfer. The harpsichord sound has an exemplary intimacy, presence, and sparkle. As usual, BIS's presentation is first rate, including informative, trilingual notes. An outstanding release! – John Greene

Masaaki Suzuki - J.S. Bach: Fantasias & Fugues (1998)

Track List:

01-02. Chromatische Fantasie und Fuge d-moll BWV 903
03-04. Fantasie und Fuge a-moll BWV 904
05. Fantasie und Fugue (Fragment) c-moll BWV 906
06. Fantasie g-moll „Fantasia doubus subjectis” BWV 917
07. Fantasie c-moll „Fantasie sur un Rondeau” BWV 918
08. Praeludium c-moll BWV 921
09. Fantasie a-moll BWV 922
10-11. Fantasie und Fuge a-moll BWV 944
12. Fugue A-Dur über ein Thema von Tomaso Albinoni BWV 950
13-14. Praeludium h-moll über ein Thema von Tomaso Albinoni BWV 923/BWV 951
15. Capriccio E-Dur „In Honorem Joh. Cristoph. Bacchii” BWV 993
16-21. Capriccio B-Dur sopra la lontanaza del suo fratello dilettissimo BWV 992

Performers:
Masaaki Suzuki, harpsichord

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