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Hyperion Records

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Front illustration by Donya Claire James (b?)
Track(s) taken from CDA67709
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Release date: March 2010
Total duration: 12 minutes 24 seconds

'Lane takes no prisoners in these sonorous and exhilarating performances, conjuring up from the Steinway's richly resonant bass a cathedral's 32 foot pedal division to thrilling effect … I guarantee you will come away awed anew by the genuis of Bach and amazed by the ingenuity of d'Albert' (Gramophone)

'D'Albert's versions of the the C minor Passacaglia, and the Preludes and Fugues in C minor and A major, are extraordinary and exquisite, and Lane plays them with a ravishing finesse that belies their often monumental difficulty' (The Guardian)

'I found Lane's Prelude (Toccata) and Fugue in D minor, BWV538 unassailably alive to the possibilities that both Bach and d'Albert leave open. The rhythmic impulse never flags, the pithy contrapuntal detail keeps afloat and there is a subliminal sense of goal to keep the thing intact. The A major Fugue, BWV536 shows the pianist highly authoritative and, for me, underlines the highest musicianship' (International Record Review)

'Masterly performances by Piers Lane. D'Albert's versions … didn't attempt to make the instrument sound like a cathedral organ. In his ingenious hands, they become compelling piano pieces' (The Sunday Times)

Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV541
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Prelude  [2'26]
Fugue  [3'46]

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Christopher Herrick (organ)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Dating from the Leipzig years (1724/5) is the Vivaldian G major Prelude and Fugue, BWV541, and like that in B minor it seems clear that both movements were written at the same time and for each other. Here the pulsing chords of the prelude presage the repeated note and gruppetto of the fugue’s subject, which is turned to good account in stretto both before and after the dramatic pause that announces the coda.

from notes by Robin Langley © 1993


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'Bach: Great Fantasias, Preludes & Fugues' (CDD22062)
Bach: Great Fantasias, Preludes & Fugues
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'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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