BACH Italian Concertos arrangements for organ. Matthias Havinga. Brilliant Classics

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Bach Italian Concertos Arrangements For Organ Matthias Havinga Brilliant Classics

J.S. BACH

Italian Concertos arrangements for organ

Concerto in A minor BWV593

Original by Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741): Concerto in A minor RV522

1 I. (Allegro) 4’14

2 II. Adagio cantabile 3’33

3 III. Allegro 4’31

Concerto in D minor BWV596

Original by Vivaldi: Concerto in D minor RV565

4 I. (Allegro) – Grave – Fuga 5’05

5 II. Largo e spiccato 2’38

6 III. Allegro 3’27

Concerto in C BWV595

After an original by Prince Johann Ernst von Sachsen-Weimar (1696–1715)

7 (Allegro) 4’59

Concerto in D minor BWV974

Original by Alessandro Marcello (1669–1747): Oboe Concerto in D minor

8 I. Andante 3’19

9 II. Adagio 4’00

10 III. Presto 5’11

Concerto in G BWV592

Original by Von Sachsen-Weimar: Concerto in G

11 I. (Allegro) 3’45

12 II. Grave 2’26

13 III. Presto 2’18

14 Fugue in D minor BWV539 6’07

Original by Bach: Sonata for Violin No.1 in G minor BWV1001: Fuga (Allegro)

Concerto in C BWV594

Original by Vivaldi: Concerto in D RV208 ‘Grosse Mogul’

15 I. (Allegro) 7’11

16 II. Recitativo: Adagio 3’07

17 III. Allegro 8’51

Matthias Havinga at the Martti Porthan organ in the Lutheran Church, Kotka Finland

In Bach’s time it was common practice to arrange works of other composers for different instruments. Also the great J.S. Bach transcribed solo concertos (for instance violin concertos, wind concertos) of such famous composers like Vivaldi and Marcello for organ solo.

Unique recording features

- CD was recorded in Kotka (Finland) on the organ used during the famous Kotka International Organ Competition

- Detailed organ registration available in the booklet

- Including the famous Fugue in D minor BWV 539 (originally for viol solo)

- CD recorded with the unique ULSI recording system

- A follow up release of Matthias Havinga will follow in the second half of 2011

Although it would be almost impossible to believe from the lofty position J.S Bach occupies in the pantheon of the great composers, during his lifetime he was best known as one of the very greatest virtuosos and improvisers on the harpsichord and organ. He produced works of unrivalled contrapuntal art. As a result of his duties at court and for the church, Bach never travelled beyond what we now call Germany. His musical interests and the influences upon his compositional style came from outside the borders of his homeland. It was in particular the music of the Venetian master - Vivaldi and Marcello. Through the young half brother of the Duke of Sachsen-Weimer (who was a very talented violinist) Bach received the scores of Vivaldi’s op3 concertos, and he learned from the Prince of a Dutch organist, the blind Jan Jakob de Graaf, who could perform such concertos by heart, in three or four voices.

Bach’s transcriptions demand an absolute technical mastery of an order unprecedented at the time.What fun he mast have had making these arrangements - a welcome change from the day to day duties that kept him from travelling.

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