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Passacaille, Op 130
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'Chaminade: Piano Music, Vol. 2' (CDH55198)
Chaminade: Piano Music, Vol. 2
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Track 6 on CDH55198 [3'14] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Passacaille, Op 130
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The E major Passacaille, as Op 130 a comparatively late work, makes an interesting comparison with the very early Chaconne. In fact even less than that piece is this a strict study in ground-bass variations, as its title might imply – though the presence of a ground is occasionally hinted at. Instead it is a sophisticated exercise in neo-Baroque evocation, recalling the virtuosity of the great clavecinistes of the age of Rameau and Couperin, and going back to the origins of the passacaille, which was a vigorous triple-time dance before it ever became a showcase for contrapuntal learning.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 1994

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