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Track(s) taken from CDA67309

In dulci iubilo, BWV729

1708/17; Weimar
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

Angela Hewitt (piano)
Recording details: April 2001
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ludger Böckenhoff
Engineered by Ludger Böckenhoff
Release date: August 2001
Total duration: 2 minutes 1 seconds

Cover artwork: Front photograph of Angela Hewitt by Steve J Sherman

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Jonathan Plowright (piano)


'A magnificent addition to both the Bach repertoire and Angela Hewitt's artistically unparallelled survey of Bach's keyboard compositions' (Fanfare, USA)

'A collection of rarities and oddities that makes for enjoyable listening. The quality of the Hyperion recording is excellent, with the right balance of ambience and instrument in the fine sounding Henry Wood Hall' (Pianist)

'For pure listening pleasure that is both delightful and profoundly moving, this one is hard to beat' (National Post)

'One of the foremost Bach interpreters of our time, Hewitt brings her own distinctive timing and touch. She makes the most of the piano’s sonority … demonstrating remarkable finger strength in sustaining the various lines of Bach’s melodies and counter-melodies and effectively drawing out the tenderness, vigour and serenity of the music. [An] attractive and impressive recording' (The Inverness Courier)

'Divine, uplifting' (Ottowa Citizen, Canada)
Lord Berners’ reputation is chiefly as a musical humorist and ironist, but there are works (such as his Fugue for orchestra) which show he had a more serious side, and he was an impeccable craftsman. His setting of the chorale prelude In dulci jubilo BWV729 is more smoothly made into a piano piece than some of its companions in the Bach Book, contrasting grandiose chordal writing against flowing arpeggiated lines, the figuration breaking out into elated triplets and finally semiquavers as the triumphant final bars are reached.

from notes by Calum MacDonald © 2010

Malgré certaines œuvres (comme la Fugue pour orchestre) montrant de lui un visage plus sérieux, un art impeccable, Lord Berners a surtout une réputation d’humoriste et d’ironiste musical. Sa version du prélude-choral In dulci jubilo BWV729 est plus uniment changée en morceau pianistique que certaines autres compositions du Bach Book: une grandiose figure en accords s’oppose à de fluides lignes arpégées, la figuration explose en exultants triolets et, pour terminer, en doubles croches quand arrivent les triomphantes mesures finales.

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

Lord Berners hatte überwiegend den Ruf eines musikalischen Humoristen und Satirikers, doch gibt es auch Werke von ihm (wie seine Fuge für Orchester), die seine ernstere Seite erkennen lassen, und außerdem war er ein ausgezeichneter Handwerker. Seine Bearbeitung des Choralvorspiels In dulci jubilo BWV729 ist reibungsloser für Klavier transkribiert als andere Beiträge zum Bach Book und lässt grandiose Akkorde mit fließenden Arpeggien kontrastieren und die Figuration in beschwingte Triolen und abschließende Sechzehntel beim Erreichen der Schlusstakte ausbrechen.

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

Other albums featuring this work

Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 9 - A Bach Book for Harriet Cohen
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