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Front photograph of Angela Hewitt by Steve J Sherman
Track(s) taken from CDA67309
Recording details: April 2001
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ludger Böckenhoff
Engineered by Ludger Böckenhoff
Release date: August 2001
Total duration: 5 minutes 24 seconds

O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sünde gross, BWV622
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

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Jonathan Plowright (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Like Arthur Bliss, Herbert Howells chose a chorale prelude from the Orgelbüchlein: O Mensch, bewein’ dein’ Sünde gross BWV622. Howells had been a passionate admirer of early music since his student days, and was no stranger to composing in an archaic style. (He would later produce an inspired blend of old and new in his keyboard suite Lambert’s Clavichord.) Unlike some of the other contributors Howells is lavish with dynamic, tempo and expression marks and phrasing. His very slow tempo—slowing further to an Adagiosissimo in the final bars—helps to sustain and clarify the intricate polyphonic web of Bach’s writing. Only towards the end, in the assai sostenuto ascent to the climax, does he do much to personalize the harmony.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2010


Other albums featuring this work
'Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 9 – A Bach Book for Harriet Cohen' (CDA67767)
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 9 – A Bach Book for Harriet Cohen

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