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Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, BWV944
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Recordings
'Bach: Angela Hewitt plays Bach' (CDS44421/35)
Bach: Angela Hewitt plays Bach
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'Bach: Fantasia, Aria & other works' (CDA67499)
Bach: Fantasia, Aria & other works
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'Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings' (APR7502)
Eileen Joyce – The complete Parlophone & Columbia solo recordings
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'Bach: Fantasia, Aria & other works' (SACDA67499)
Bach: Fantasia, Aria & other works
SACDA67499  Super-Audio CD — Deleted  
Details
Track 1 on APR7502 CD1 [5'27] Download only
Movement 1: Fantasia
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Movement 2: Fugue
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Track 32 on SACDA67499 [4'54] Super-Audio CD — Deleted

Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, BWV944
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The A minor Fantasia and Fugue, BWV944, is a kettle of fish. Here we really have a case of a free fantasia and a brilliant, virtuoso fugue. It appears in the so-called Andreas Bach Book – a collection of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century keyboard works by many composers, including J S Bach, put together by Bach’s oldest brother and former keyboard teacher, Johann Christoph Bach. Andreas Bach (1713–1779) was the latter’s youngest son. Many later sources only give the fugue without the fantasia. Mind you, it is hardly a fantasia, simply ten bars of chords marked ‘arpeggio’ with no indication given as to how they should be played. Bach used this notation in the first versions of the Preludes in C major (Book I) and C sharp major (Book II) of The Well-Tempered Clavier. With both he ultimately did something quite magical. Taking the C sharp major Prelude as my inspiration (but without Bach’s genius, for sure!), I have concocted a figuration that at least stays faithful to the harmonies he outlined. This is, however, only a brief warming-up for what is to come: the whirlwind, moto perpetuo fugue gives us no time to dally. It is long so it needs to move if we aren’t to lose interest. Two pedal points help to build up the excitement, along with stabbing crotchets. The end comes so suddenly that we are almost taken aback; but that must have been what Bach wanted as the last chord is written as a crotchet followed by rests. No long drawn-out ending here.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

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Details for CDA67499 track 31
Fantasia
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-04-49931
Duration
0'56
Recording date
5 February 2004
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ludger Böckenhoff
Recording engineer
Ludger Böckenhoff
Hyperion usage
  1. Bach: Fantasia, Aria & other works (CDA67499)
    Disc 1 Track 31
    Release date: July 2004
    Deletion date: January 2013
    Archive Service; also available on CDS44421/35
  2. Bach: Angela Hewitt plays Bach (CDS44421/35)
    Disc 15 Track 31
    Release date: September 2010
    15CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
  3. Bach: Fantasia, Aria & other works (SACDA67499)
    Disc 1 Track 31
    Release date: July 2004
    Deletion date: March 2009
    Super-Audio CD — Deleted
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