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Track(s) taken from CDA67767

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

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: 1 minutes 50 seconds

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

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Angela Hewitt (piano)


'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)
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

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