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Toccata in G minor, BWV915
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'Bach: Angela Hewitt plays Bach' (CDS44421/35)
Bach: Angela Hewitt plays Bach
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'Bach: Toccatas' (CDA67310)
Bach: Toccatas
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Track 6 on CDA67310 [9'00]
Track 6 on CDS44421/35 CD14 [9'00] 15CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Toccata in G minor, BWV915
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The Toccata in G minor, BWV915 has many distinctive features, including a cyclic feeling (the opening flourish returns at the end of the piece), and a concluding four-part fugue that obstinately remains in dotted rhythm throughout. In between we have a short adagio, and a cheerful allegro in B flat major which is in total contrast to the difficult, but very exciting fugue. Concerning the latter, only Bach could write so imaginatively on what seems at first like a very dull subject. With him, repetition of a motive only builds excitement and strength rather than causing us to lose attention. This is one fugue that is a perfect example of what the piano can bring to Bach. On the harpsichord it is relentless. On the piano one can lighten the second and fourth beats, giving the subject a welcome buoyancy which serves to enhance its power and character. The episodes can also be coloured differently, especially the one in E flat major which provides some welcome relief. The insistent character of the fugue is emphasized in a passage right before the end where part of the countersubject is presented in both hands simultaneously in parallel thirds.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2002

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Details for CDA67310 track 6
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-02-31006
Duration
9'00
Recording date
18 January 2002
Recording venue
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ludger Böckenhoff
Recording engineer
Ludger Böckenhoff
Hyperion usage
  1. Bach: Toccatas (CDA67310)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: July 2002
  2. Bach: Angela Hewitt plays Bach (CDS44421/35)
    Disc 14 Track 6
    Release date: September 2010
    15CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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