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3.10.15

Dip Your Ears, No. 207 (Bach Metamorphosed)


available at Amazon

J.S.Bach, various transcriptions,
A.Nebel
Hänssler CLASSIC



available at Amazon

J.S.Bach, various transcriptions,
A.Nebel
Hänssler CLASSIC

Probing the Unknown

Recitals of little known transcriptions of less-than-famous pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach are just what excites me. Throw in Walter Braunfels with his sumptuous, quasi-orchestral rendition of the Prelude & Fugue BWV 536 as the recital opener, and I’m sold.

Almost: It takes Angelika Nebel’s stately, regal navigation of the liturgical year via the appropriate chorales that seals the deal on Metamorphosis. She does a similar thing in the follow-up album Illuminations, only that she adds her own transcriptions this time, which works out very nicely indeed.

Like Tzimon Barto’s Goldberg Variations [I love it; Charles’ review here], this CD ends with a transcription of the Chorale “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland”, but here for two pianos. I cry either way. Two more quality releases from the recently sold Hänssler label. [See Forbes: Merger Reunites Classical Music Labels Of Father And Son.]



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