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Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565
composer

Recordings
'Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 1 – Ferruccio Busoni' (CDA66566)
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 1 – Ferruccio Busoni
'Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 3 – Friedman, Grainger & Murdoch' (CDA67344)
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 3 – Friedman, Grainger & Murdoch
'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: Toccatas and Fugues' (CDA66434)
Bach: Toccatas and Fugues
'Grigory Ginzburg – His early recordings – 2' (APR5672)
Grigory Ginzburg – His early recordings – 2
'Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 7 – Max Reger' (CDA67683)
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 7 – Max Reger
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99Buy by post £10.50 CDA67683  2CDs for the price of 1  
'Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings' (APR7501)
Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings
'Stephen Hough's French Album' (CDA67890)
Stephen Hough's French Album
'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
Complete: Toccata and Fugue
Movement 1: Toccata
arranger
1900

Track 1 on APR5672 [2'54]
Track 1 on CDA30004 [2'51] Hyperion 30th Anniversary series
Track 1 on CDA66434 [2'51]
arranger
1900

Track 1 on CDA66566 [2'47]
Track 1 on CDS44121/36 CD4 [2'51] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted
Movement 2: Fugue
arranger
1900

Track 2 on APR5672 [6'58]
Track 2 on CDA30004 [5'53] Hyperion 30th Anniversary series
Track 2 on CDA66434 [5'53]
arranger
1900

Track 2 on CDA66566 [7'01]
Track 2 on CDS44121/36 CD4 [5'53] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price) — Deleted

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565
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This piece must have been transcribed more often than almost any other: orchestral versions by Stokowski and Sir Henry Wood, numerous arrangements for brass band, several for two pianists and at least thirty for solo piano. The paradox is that its authenticity is in some doubt among scholars, but whether after all this time the authorship of this grandly expressive and at times flamboyant piece should have an effect on its popularity is a moot point. Tausig and Busoni both annotated their transcriptions for piano with copious directions to the performer, and Grainger has borrowed these and added his own to make a score that is both intensely creative and enticing to the player. Although Grainger frequently played his transcription, no manuscript copy exists. Leslie Howard has provided an accurate performing text, based on Grainger’s recordings of the work, and an attenuated selection of bits of passagework in Grainger’s hand, perhaps used for practice, and held in the Grainger Museum in Melbourne. Friedman’s version is a perhaps less adventurous but is nevertheless thoroughly pianistic: his aim throughout is to use the full sonority of the piano, and his transcription has above all nobility and a dramatic expressiveness.

from notes by Piers Lane © 2003

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