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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55198
Recording details: November 1993
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: May 1994
Total duration: 3 minutes 14 seconds

'Even more attractive than its predecessor' (Gramophone)

'A treasure trove for the explorer' (BBC Music Magazine)

Passacaille, Op 130
composer

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The E major Passacaille, as Op 130 a comparatively late work, makes an interesting comparison with the very early Chaconne. In fact even less than that piece is this a strict study in ground-bass variations, as its title might imply – though the presence of a ground is occasionally hinted at. Instead it is a sophisticated exercise in neo-Baroque evocation, recalling the virtuosity of the great clavecinistes of the age of Rameau and Couperin, and going back to the origins of the passacaille, which was a vigorous triple-time dance before it ever became a showcase for contrapuntal learning.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 1994

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