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Track(s) taken from CDA67499

Jesu, meine Zuversicht, BWV728


Angela Hewitt (piano)
Recording details: February 2004
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ludger Böckenhoff
Engineered by Ludger Böckenhoff
Release date: July 2004
Total duration: 2 minutes 48 seconds


'a series of performances where freedom over articulation, phrasing, embellishment, dynamics and tempo is governed by an artistic sense of responsibility; and the whole recital is heard in a shrewdly balanced recording of fine tonal verisimilitude' (Gramophone)

'when Hewitt's technical refinement merges with the spirit as well as the letter of the music, miracles happen' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Here is another out and out winner from Angela Hewitt … The hallmark of her playing derives from just such a sharp definition of musical character. Be it light or solemn, her outlook on Bach is consistently enlivening' (The Daily Telegraph)

'This disc makes a piquant, unexpected conclusion to Hewitt's Bach cycle. Her many admirers will want to acquire it' (International Record Review)

'Hewitt plays all of this unfamiliar material with her usual flair and beguiling sound' (The Sunday Times)

'Hewitt's playing is tremendously well thought-out, the contrapuntal lines always shining clear, the articulation sprightly and the musicality unfailing' (Classic FM Magazine)

'the statuesque, beautiful, and brilliantly gifted Angela Hewitt has now joined the ranks of the great interpreters of Bach's keyboard music, and the effortless and natural readings on this and the other CDs in her cycle for Hyperion unquestionably number among the finest available. After discussion, debate—call it what you will—Angela Hewitt's recordings may be deemed unquestionably definitive' (Fanfare, USA)

'Angela Hewitt continues to confirm her status among pre-eminent Bach specialists…the individual pieces and Suites consitently reward the ear—novel and timeless at once' (Audiophile Audition, USA)

'She continues to display the virtues that have made her one of the foremost Bach pianists on record, including beautiful tone, textural clarity, acute sensitivity to patterns of tension and resolution, a strong sense of dance, and refined attention to detail … In sum, a beautiful, profoundly satisfying recital and a fitting conclusion to a landmark (Goldberg)

'Hewitt has already exhausted the supply of critical superlatives in her devotion to Bach. Those who have loyally followed the Hyperion cycle will find that this terminal issue meets and exceeds the stringent standards which she set for herself. Hewitt presents a Bach of sensitivity and integrity for our time and always. Enjoyment of the disc is enhanced by the performer's lively and informative booklet note. Conventional CD sound quality is in the demonstration class. SACD playback (stereo is preferable to multi-channel) is as close as most of us will ever get to having Miss Hewitt and her concert Steinway perform in our listening rooms' (The Scene Musicale, Canada)
Both Jesu, meine Zuversicht, BWV728 (‘Jesus, my assurance’) and Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV691 (‘He who trusts in God’) appear in notebooks for family members (Wilhelm Friedemann and Anna Magdalena respectively) and were no doubt used as models for subsequent improvisations. They are both of the type in which a chorale melody, elaborately decorated, is played in the right hand, accompanied by two voices in the left. On the organ the melody could be played ‘solo’ on one manual, accompanied by the others on a softer one. On the piano different colours can be used to achieve a similar effect. Elaborate yet simple; intellectual yet speaking to all; in the end, they are simply beautiful.

from notes by Angela Hewitt © 2004

Jesu, meine Zuversicht, BWV728 («Jésus, objet de ma confiance») et Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV691 («Celui qui fait confiance à Dieu») font partie de deux recueils destinés aux membres de sa famille (Wilhelm Friedemann et Anna Magdalena respectivement). Ils servirent sans aucun doute de modèles à des improvisations ultérieures. Ils s’illustrent par un type similaire où une mélodie chorale, décorée et élaborée, est exécutée à la main droite accompagnée par deux voix à la main gauche. A l’orgue, la mélodie pouvait être exécutée «en solo» sur un manuel accompagnée par les autres sur un manuel plus doux. Au piano, on peut utiliser des couleurs différentes pour parvenir à un effet similaire. Elaborée tout en étant simple, intellectuelle tout en étant accessible à tous, voici une musique d’une grande beauté, tout simplement.

extrait des notes rédigées par Angela Hewitt © 2004
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Sowohl Jesu, meine Zuversicht, BWV728, als auch Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV691, ist in den Büchlein für Friedemann und Anna Magdalena verzeichnet, und beide Choralvorspiele dienten später sicher als Vorlagen für Improvisationen. Beide sind auch von dem Typus, bei dem die Choralmelodie, kunstvoll ausgeschmückt, von der rechten Hand gespielt und von der linken Hand zweistimmig begleitet wird. Auf der Orgel könnte die Melodie als „Solo“ auf einem Manual gespielt und auf einem leiseren Manual von den beiden anderen Stimmen begleitet werden. Auf dem Klavier können verschiedene Farben eingesetzt werden, um den gleichen Effekt zu erzielen. Diese beiden Werke sind ausgeschmückt und doch schlicht, intellektuell und doch allgemein verständlich, und vor allem wunderschön.

aus dem Begleittext von Angela Hewitt © 2004
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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