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Trio Sonata in C major, BWV529
composer
circa 1727

Recordings
'Bach: Trio Sonatas' (CDA66390)
Bach: Trio Sonatas
'Bach: Six Trio Sonatas transcribed' (CDA66843)
Bach: Six Trio Sonatas transcribed
'Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 4 – Samuel Feinberg' (CDA67468)
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 4 – Samuel Feinberg
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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  
Details
Movement 1: Allegro
Track 7 on CDA66390 [5'04] Archive Service
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Track 13 on CDA66843 [4'16] Archive Service
Track 7 on CDS44121/36 CD1 [5'04] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
Movement 2: Largo
Track 8 on CDA66390 [5'31] Archive Service
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Track 14 on CDA66843 [5'32] Archive Service
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Track 3 on CDA67468 CD1 [7'40] 2CDs for the price of 1
Track 8 on CDS44121/36 CD1 [5'31] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
Movement 3: Allegro
Track 9 on CDA66390 [3'54] Archive Service
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Track 15 on CDA66843 [3'08] Archive Service
Track 9 on CDS44121/36 CD1 [3'54] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Trio Sonata in C major, BWV529
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The Largo in A minor from Trio Sonata No 5, BWV529 represents an extreme example of the rewriting that Feinberg began with the Concerto by Vivaldi. The harmonic additions are very frequent, and make the piece seem more like a fantasy on Bach’s original – as has been pointed out by the Russian musicologist Leonid Roizman. Indeed, this piece resembles the Busoni of the Chaconne for solo violin, not only in its harmonic and textural inventiveness but also in the great disparity and the change of scope between the original and the adaptation. In Busoni’s case, a piece for solo violin was turned into a grandiose piano piece, akin to his transciptions of Bach’s large-scale organ works. In Feinberg’s case, whereas all the other transcriptions testify to a certain reduction of proportions and musical scale compared with the original, this one is lent a much more festive aspect than the original, which is rather intimate in character and was not originally destined to be played on a large organ.

The similarity that we cannot fail to notice with Busoni might be more profound than we suspect, as is suggested by an examination of their work as composers, their harmonic research, the nature of their piano writing in their original compositions, and even their work as performers and their musicological writings. (The fact that their visionary work as composers has in each case recently been re-evaluated by comparison with the rest of their legacy is also a strange and interesting coincidence.)

The type of writing generally used by Feinberg in all of his piano music – spacious, favouring the simultaneous use of distant registers, with constant contrasts – also finds an eloquent and inspirational application in these transcriptions, giving them henceforth a life of their own.

from notes by Christophe Sirodeau © 2004
English: Andrew Barnett

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Details for CDA67468 disc 1 track 3
Largo
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-04-46803
Duration
7'40
Recording date
3 December 2003
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jeremy Hayes
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
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  1. Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 4 – Samuel Feinberg (CDA67468)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: September 2004
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