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The Creation of Adam (detail) by Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564)
Track(s) taken from CDA66438
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Release date: September 1991
Total duration: 32 minutes 30 seconds

'Occasionally a disc comes along which totally blows your mind. This … is one such release. The transcription of the Preludes and Fugues is utterly hypnotic … Liszt took the mathematical perfection of Bach's original conception and overlaid it with his own brand of impassioned beauty. Hock your grandparents for this!' (Pink Paper)

Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV542

Fantasie  [5'15]
Fuge  [5'35]

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Christopher Herrick (organ)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
It is not known when the fantasia from the Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV542 became associated with the loosely constructed virtuoso pedal fugue which tradition has it Bach played to Buxtehude’s contemporary Reincken in Hamburg in 1720; its tuneful subject, very similar to a Dutch folktune, was used as a test in extempore fugal playing in the same city five years later. ‘The best of Bach’s pedal pieces’, wrote an early copyist at the end of it, and few could quarrel with his enthusiasm. The splendour of the fantasia, both aural and intellectual, would seem to indicate that it was written a good deal later; certainly the two contrasted ideas—mighty chords and rhetorical flourishes, and expressive, thoughtful counterpoint—are executed with masterly ease.

from notes by Robin Langley © 1993

Other albums featuring this work
'Bach: Great Fantasias, Preludes & Fugues' (CDD22062)
Bach: Great Fantasias, Preludes & Fugues
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £10.50 CDD22062  2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)  
'Bach: The Complete Organ Works' (CDS44121/36)
Bach: The Complete Organ Works
MP3 £45.00FLAC £45.00ALAC £45.00 CDS44121/36  16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted  

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