Benjamin Alard plays Bach. Harpsichord Transcriptions (24/44 FLAC)
Benjamin Alard plays Bach. Harpsichord Transcriptions (24/44 FLAC)

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Benjamin Alard
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Editions Hortus
Release: 2007
Size: 633 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Sonate in A Minor, BWV 965
01. I. Adagio (After Johann Adam Reincken’s Sonata No. 1 from “Hortus Musicus”)
02. II. Fuga (After Johann Adam Reincken’s Sonata No. 1 from “Hortus Musicus”)
03. III. Adagio – Presto (After Johann Adam Reincken’s Sonata No. 1 from “Hortus Musicus”)
04. IV. Allemande (After Johann Adam Reincken’s Sonata No. 1 from “Hortus Musicus”)
05. V. Courante (After Johann Adam Reincken’s Sonata No. 1 from “Hortus Musicus”)
06. VI. Sarabande (After Johann Adam Reincken’s Sonata No. 1 from “Hortus Musicus”)
07. VII. Gigue (After Johann Adam Reincken’s Sonata No. 1 from “Hortus Musicus”)

08. Praeludium, BWV 966 (After Johann Adam Reincken’s Sonata No. 3 from “Hortus Musicus”)

Keyboard Concerto in F major (after Vivaldi), BWV978
09. I. Allegro (After Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto, Op. 3 No. 3, RV 310)
10. II. Largo (After Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto, Op. 3 No. 3, RV 310)
11. III. Allegro (After Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto, Op. 3 No. 3, RV 310)

Sonate in D Minor, BWV 964
12. I. Adagio (After Violin Sonata No. 2, BWV 1003)
13. II. Thema. Allegro (After Violin Sonata No. 2, BWV 1003)
14. III. Andante (After Violin Sonata No. 2, BWV 1003)
15. IV. Allegro (After Violin Sonata No. 2, BWV 1003)

Long considered inferior and even detrimental to the original work, transcriptions are today a recognised and much lauded part of the musical catalogue. On this wonderful recording the highly talented young harpsichordist and organist, Benjamin Alard (born 1985) plays transcriptions of music by J S Bach and proves why he is considered one of the worlds great interpreters of music from this period. He is currently organist at the church of St Louis en l’Ile, Paris.

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