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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: 1 minutes 31 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)

Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV605
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
Constant Lambert, whose name is seldom associated with early music though in fact he did a large amount of arranging, especially for the ballet, chose the chorale prelude Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich BWV605 from the Orgelbüchlein. In this sprightly yet reflective piece he keeps a constant four-part texture, each part rhythmically differentiated from its fellows, and scorns any extra embellishment.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2010

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