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Track(s) taken from CDA67767

Komm, süsser Tod, BWV478

June 1931; commissioned by Harriet Cohen and first published by Oxford University Press in A Bach Book for Harriet Cohen; first performed at the Queen's Hall on 17 October 1932

Jonathan Plowright (piano)
Recording details: September 2008
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Jeremy Hayes
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: September 2010
Total duration: 3 minutes 43 seconds

Cover artwork: Front illustration by Donya Claire James (b?)


'Jonathan Plowright plays everything with calm, unforced assurance, nicely balancing Bach style and 1930s period manners, and making light of all the left-hand skips needed to suggest Bach's organ pedal parts. An immaculate recording and Calum MacDonald's detailed notes enhance the disc's appeal' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Every so often a CD comes along that I simply can't stop playing. Here's one such example … glorious interpretations by Jonathan Plowright' (The Observer)

'There are some gems here … this is an invaluable addition to Hyperion's Bach Piano Transcriptions series and Plowright has done us an enormous service in resurrecting these transcriptions and in rendering them so eloquently' (International Record Review)
Frank Bridge’s arrangement of the serene chorale setting Komm, süsser Tod BWV478, from the Schemelli Gesangbuch, which he made in June 1931, is relatively restrained and essentialized in its approach to Bach’s original, apart from the gradations of the dynamics and the ‘pianistic’ arpeggios of the Poco maestoso central section which gradually become fulsome harped chords. In 1936 Bridge made a version of this transcription for string orchestra, giving it the title Todessehnsucht (‘Longing for death’).

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2010

Dans l’arrangement qu’il fit en juin 1931 du serein choral Komm, süsser Tod BWV478, emprunté au Schemelli Gesangbuch, Frank Bridge adopte une approche assez sobre et quintessenciée de l’original bachien, n’étaient les gradations de la dynamique et les arpèges «pianistiques» de la section centrale Poco maestoso se muant en de dithyrambiques accords harpés. En 1936, Bridge fit de cette transcription une version pour orchestre à cordes qu’il baptisa Todessehnsucht («Aspiration à la mort»).

extrait des notes rédigées par Calum MacDonald © 2010
Français: Hypérion

Das von Frank Bridge eingesandte Arrangement der feierlichen Choralvertonung Komm, süsser Tod BWV478 aus Schemellis Gesangbuch, das er im Juni 1931 komponierte, ist relativ zurückhaltend und in der Annäherung an Bachs Vorlage auf das Wesentliche beschränkt, abgesehen von dynamischen Abstufungen und den „pianistischen“ Arpeggien im Mittelteil Poco maestoso, die sich allmählich zu vollen Harfenakkorden entwickeln. 1936 komponierte Bridge eine Version dieser Transkription für Streichorchester und gab ihr den Titel Todessehnsucht.

aus dem Begleittext von Calum MacDonald © 2010
Deutsch: Henning Weber

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