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Hyperion Records

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Front illustration by Julie Doucet (b?)
Track(s) taken from CDA67506
Recording details: October 2004
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Hayes
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: May 2005
Total duration: 12 minutes 54 seconds

Passacaglia in C minor, BWV582
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Catoire’s music is notable for its delicacy and harmonic refinement but, when faced with Bach’s mighty Passacaglia, he too adopts the epic style. In Eugen d’Albert’s better known transcription the music grows from a contained and dignified opening, but Catoire unleashes the mighty roar of the romantic instrument from the start (fortissimo pesante) and he is concerned throughout with the picturesque characterization of each individual variation through changes of texture and register. His determination, at the same time, that not one note of Bach’s should be lost in the process puts merciless demands on the performer.

from notes by Hamish Milne © 2005

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