BACH Piano Transcriptions Rachmaninov, Cortot, Christie, Bartlett, Samaroff, Copeland, Cohen, Kelberine, Gieseking, Backhaus, Janis, Rubinstein (Rare Rec.1930-47) Naxos Historical
JS BACH (1685-1750)
3 Pieces from Violin Partita No.3 BWV 1006
(trans. & perf. Sergei Rachmaninov, 1942)
Largo from Concerto in F minor BWV 1056 (trans. & perf. Alfred Cortot, 1937)
Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV 565
(trans. Carl Tausig, perf. Winifred Christie, 1930s)
Sheep May Safely Graze & Birthday Cantata BWV 208
(trans. Mary Howe, perf. Ethel Bartlett & Rae Robertson, 1940s)
Fugue in G minor BWV 578 (trans. & perf. Olga Samaroff, 1930)
Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn from Easter Cantata BWV 4
(trans. Walter Rummel, perf. George Copeland, 1938)
Chorale from Cantata BWV 22 (trans. & perf. Harriet Cohen, 1934)
Organ Chorale Prelude BWV 727 (trans. & perf. Alexander Kelberine, 1936)
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (trans. Myra Hess, perf. Walter Gieseking, 1935)
Pastorale from Christmas Oratorio
(trans. Clarence Lucas, perf. Wilhelm Backhaus, 1934)
Prelude & Fugue in A minor BWV 643
(trans. Franz Liszt, perf. Byron Janis, 1947)
Toccata in C major BWV 564 (trans. Busoni, perf. Artur Rubinstein, 1934)
• From the wealth of Bach transcriptions recorded during the first half of the last century Naxos Historical presents a glorious showcase of classic performances from a cornucopia of great pianists.
• The list of performers speaks volumes of the awe in which Bach’s musical genius was held, inspiring many of the artists to pay homage with their own imaginative transcriptions.
• With interest in Bach’s music still at an unprecedented high after last year’s 250th anniversary celebrations there should be a place in every collection for this unusual and fascinating programme.
Naxos Historical 8110658