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Passacaglia in C minor, BWV582
composer
arranger

Recordings
'Bach: Toccatas and Fugues' (CDA66434)
Bach: Toccatas and Fugues
'Bach: Toccatas and Fugues' (CDA30004)
Bach: Toccatas and Fugues
MP3 £6.99FLAC £6.99ALAC £6.99Buy by post £8.50 CDA30004  Hyperion 30th Anniversary series  
'Bach Arrangements' (CDA67309)
Bach Arrangements
'Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 5 – Goedicke, Kabalevsky, Catoire & Siloti' (CDA67506)
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 5 – Goedicke, Kabalevsky, Catoire & Siloti
'Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 8 – Eugen d'Albert' (CDA67709)
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 8 – Eugen d'Albert
'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  
Details
Track 16 on CDA67309 [11'45]
Track 11 on CDA67506 [12'54]
Track 1 on CDA67709 [10'49]
Movement 1: Passacaglia
Track 10 on CDA30004 [7'30] Hyperion 30th Anniversary series
Track 10 on CDA66434 [7'30]
Track 10 on CDS44121/36 CD4 [7'30] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
Movement 2: Fugue
Track 11 on CDA30004 [5'39] Hyperion 30th Anniversary series
Track 11 on CDA66434 [5'39]
Track 11 on CDS44121/36 CD4 [5'39] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

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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