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Dip Your Ears, No. 187 (Bach from Cavé)

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J.S.Bach, Concerti, Capriccio & Aria

Young Bach’s Keyboard Tone-Poem

After Scarlatti and Clementi, Olivier Cavé’s third album for æon is dedicated to Bach. The Swiss pianist with Neapolitan roots picked various Italian concertos that Bach had transcribed, the Italian Concerto, the rarely heard and beautiful Aria and Variations “alla maniera italiana” BWV 989, and the equally rare and fascinating Capriccio “on the Parting of his most beloved Brother”, a little keyboard tone-poem from young Bach. The disc shares about half its repertoire with Alexandre Tharaud’s supreme Concertos italiens. But where they perform the same works, Cavé’s more ornamental approach and his subtly different exquisiteness will delight anyone already in love with Tharaud’s recording.