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Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV903
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'Bach: Angela Hewitt plays Bach' (CDS44421/35)
Bach: Angela Hewitt plays Bach
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'Bach: The Inventions' (CDA66746)
Bach: The Inventions
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'Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 1 – 1946' (APR5621)
Simon Barere – His celebrated live recordings at Carnegie Hall, Vol. 1 – 1946
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'Angela Hewitt – Bach Performance on the Piano' (DVDA68001)
Angela Hewitt – Bach Performance on the Piano
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'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 9' (CDA67228)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 9
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'Fantasien' (CKD441)
Fantasien
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Details
Track 8 on CKD441 [7'45] Download only
Movement 1: Fantasia
Track 5 on APR5621 [6'09] Download only
Track 32 on CDA66746 [6'51]
Track 8 on CDA67228 [6'21] Archive Service
Track 32 on CDS44421/35 CD1 [6'51] 15CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 12 on DVDA68001 CD2 [7'42] 2CDs DVD
Movement 2: Fugue
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Track 33 on CDA66746 [5'11]
Track 9 on CDA67228 [5'53] Archive Service
Track 33 on CDS44421/35 CD1 [5'11] 15CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 13 on DVDA68001 CD2 [5'19] 2CDs DVD

Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV903
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Max Reger’s all too brief creative life saw not only the composition of a vast number of original works in many genres, but also a long list of arrangements and editions of other composers’ music. Like the even more prodigious Liszt he was always interested in promoting the work of others. This was particularly so during his directorship of the Meiningen Court Orchestra, which he took over in 1911, where he conducted works by, among others, Debussy, Grieg and Wolf. He arranged a large number of Bach’s organ and orchestral works for piano, both solo and duet, as well as many of the solo keyboard works for the organ. These include preludes and fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier and several of the toccatas. It was only natural that he should be drawn to the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, where even the look of the music on the page reminds one of his own music. The process of expansion to the larger medium includes the addition of an elaborate dynamic scheme, giving us a tantalising glimpse of a performing tradition from a bygone age, and the addition of a chordal elaboration of the implied harmonies of Bach’s virtuoso keyboard figuration. The Fantasia, whose many different ideas grow organically out of each other, includes a highly elaborate instrumental recitative, a style undoubtedly learnt from the string concertos of Vivaldi with which Bach became acquainted during his Weimar years. The Fugue remains faithful to the texture of the original while reflecting the dynamic growth inherent in the music.

from notes by Stephen Westrop © 2001

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Details for CDA67228 track 8
Fantasia
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-01-22808
Duration
6'21
Recording date
4 November 2000
Recording venue
Berner Münster, Switzerland
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Paul Niederberger
Hyperion usage
  1. Organ Fireworks, Vol. 9 (CDA67228)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: August 2001
    Deletion date: December 2013
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