J.S. Bach: Spira, Spera

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Emmanuel Despax returns to Signum with a disc of JS Bach transcriptions. The title quotes Victor Hugo’s ‘The Hunchback of Notre-Dame’ (“Breathe, Hope”), brought to Despax’s mind following the news of the fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral, where he had attended many concerts of Bach’s music as a child. Despax describes Bach’s music as being “of such clarity, coherence and expressive power, that it is able to transcend its original medium, and to some extent, style.” This virtuosic programme combines both well-known transcriptions, such as the mighty Bach-Busoni ‘Chaconne’ and Saint-Saën’s ‘Overture’, with the first recordings of several arrangements by the late 19th/early 20th century pianist Theodor Szántó’s – featuring his monumental and uncompromising transcriptions of the Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, and the Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor. Emmanuel Despax has gained worldwide recognition as a singular artist, whose interpretations bring a rare sincerity and imagination to the music. A remarkable performer of romantic and post-romantic music, he has been invited to give recital performances in the UK (Wigmore Hall’s London Pianoforte Series, Cadogan Hall, Chipping Campden and Petworth Festivals, and the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham, where he was appointed artistic director in 2020 of a complete Beethoven piano sonata cycle). Summer 2021 will see the release of a Brahms album including the Sixteen Waltzes Op. 39 and Piano Concerto No.1 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Litton.
Item number SIGCD665
Barcode 635212066522
Release date 3/26/2021
Category Classical Music
Number of units 1
Classical Artist Despax, Emmanuel
Disc: 1
Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV 29: Sinf00:04:13
1 Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV 29: Sinf 00:03:54 Despax, Emmanuel
Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: V. Chac00:14:00
2 Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: V. Chac 00:16:17 Despax, Emmanuel
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869 (ar00:04:00
3 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869: Pr 00:03:06 Despax, Emmanuel
Bach - 6 Präludien und Fugen für die Orgel, S462/R00:10:00
4 Prelude 00:03:48 Despax, Emmanuel
5 Fugue 00:06:34 Despax, Emmanuel
Chorale Preludes00:02:07
6 Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein, BWV 734 (a 00:02:02 Despax, Emmanuel
18 Chorales "Leipziger Choräle"00:05:00
7 18 Chorales, BWV 651-668, "Leipziger Chorale": Nun 00:05:34 Despax, Emmanuel
Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582 (arr. T.00:15:10
8 Passacaglia 00:09:03 Despax, Emmanuel
9 Fugue 00:06:07 Despax, Emmanuel
6 Schübler Chorales00:04:00
10 6 Schübler Chorales, BWV 645-650: Wachet auf, ruft 00:03:51 Despax, Emmanuel
Das Orgelbüchlein00:03:00
11 Das Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644: Ich ruf' zu dir, H 00:03:45 Despax, Emmanuel
Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542 (arr. T. Sz00:12:31
12 Fantasia 00:06:54 Despax, Emmanuel
13 Fugue 00:05:37 Despax, Emmanuel
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 14700:03:19
14 Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Chorale: 00:03:51 Despax, Emmanuel
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