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Hyperion Records

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Front illustration by Donya Claire James (b?)
Track(s) taken from CDA67767
Recording details: September 2008
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Hayes
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: September 2010
Total duration: 3 minutes 30 seconds

'Jonathan Plowright plays everything with calm, unforced assurance, nicely balancing Bach style and 1930s period manners, and making light of all the left-hand skips needed to suggest Bach's organ pedal parts. An immaculate recording and Calum MacDonald's detailed notes enhance the disc's appeal' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Every so often a CD comes along that I simply can't stop playing. Here's one such example … glorious interpretations by Jonathan Plowright' (The Observer)

'There are some gems here … this is an invaluable addition to Hyperion's Bach Piano Transcriptions series and Plowright has done us an enormous service in resurrecting these transcriptions and in rendering them so eloquently' (International Record Review)

Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV614
composer
circa 1713/7; Weimar; Orgelbüchlein
arranger
commissioned by Harriet Cohen and first published by Oxford University Press in A Bach Book for Harriet Cohen; first performed at the Queen's Hall on 17 October 1932

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Arthur Bliss took the chorale prelude Das alte Jahr vergangen ist BWV614 from Bach’s Orgelbüchlein as the subject of his arrangement. This is a notably restrained, even reverential setting, with discreet octave doubling of bass and upper lines sensitively supporting the melody, though at one point requiring wide skips by the left hand to encompass Bach’s harmony.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2010

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