French Suites, Concerto Italiano, Fantasia and Fugue

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Solist: Francesco Cera
Genre: Solo-Instrument
Label: SACD
Booklet with lyrics/libretto: yes
CDs / Unit: 1
Cat-Nr.: 47738-8
Total Time: 132:47
Recording Date: 8./9./10.6.2008
Technology: Hybrid: 5+1 surround and stereo high resolution (DSD technique) + stereo CD layer
Release Date: 01.10.2008

Description

In Bach's era, religion was an unaltered value as consolation for human life. It doesn't surprise much that Bach decided to slip these moral concepts into his works. Our imagination is especially aroused by the musical figurations of his French Suites, changing from sadness into joy and thus reminding us of spirituality and Christianity.

We chose to compare the French style of the suites with the Italian one of Italian Concerto and Fantasy and Fugue in A minor. The starting point of the extraordinary Italian Concerto composed in Leipzig in the 1730s and which was thought up for the sound levels of a double harpsichord, are the concerts of Antonio Vivaldi, in which Bach had delved into in Köthen.

All three works are interpreted by Francesco Cera, one of Italy's leading early music specialists who is greatly admired as a performer for his extensive knowledge of styles and different musical expressions. The harpsichord used in this recording is a copy of a harpsichord of the 17th century which was originally built by French harpsichord maker Vincent Tibaut. The instrument justifies the French style of the suites through its clarity in polyphony which is clearly presented through the exquisite multichannel sound of the Hybrid SACD.

Table of MP3 Tracks

No. Tracktitle Tracktime Price put into basket  
Disc 1
1
Allemande
Suite I in d minor BWV 812
05.09 2,00 €
2
Courante
Suite I in d minor BWV 812
02.12 0,99 €
3
Sarabande
Suite I in d minor BWV 812
03.49 0,99 €
4
Menuet I / II
Suite I in d minor BWV 812
03.46 0,99 €
5
Gigue
Suite I in d minor BWV 812
03.10 0,99 €
6
Allemande
Suite II in c minor BWV 813
04.15 0,99 €
7
Courante
Suite II in c minor BWV 813
02.16 0,99 €
8
Sarabande
Suite II in c minor BWV 813
03.57 0,99 €
9
Air
Suite II in c minor BWV 813
01.26 0,99 €
10
Menuet I / II
Suite II in c minor BWV 813
03.23 0,99 €
11
Gigue
Suite II in c minor BWV 813
02.12 0,99 €
12
Allemande
Suite III in b minor BWV 814
05.07 2,00 €
13
Courante
Suite III in b minor BWV 814
02.12 0,99 €
14
Sarabande
Suite III in b minor BWV 814
03.28 0,99 €
15
Anglaise
Suite III in b minor BWV 814
01.37 0,99 €
16
Menuet / Trio
Suite III in b minor BWV 814
03.23 0,99 €
17
Gigue
Suite III in b minor BWV 814
02.20 0,99 €
18
Allemande
Suite IV in E Flat Major BWV 815
04.11 0,99 €
19
Courante
Suite IV in E Flat Major BWV 815
02.14 0,99 €
20
Sarabande
Suite IV in E Flat Major BWV 815
03.20 0,99 €
21
Gavotte
Suite IV in E Flat Major BWV 815
01.26 0,99 €
22
Menuet
Suite IV in E Flat Major BWV 815
08.00 2,00 €
23
Air
Suite IV in E Flat Major BWV 815
01.40 0,99 €
24
Gigue
Suite IV in E Flat Major BWV 815
02.55 0,99 €
No. Tracktitle Tracktime Price put into basket  
Disc 2
1
Allemande
Suite V in G Major BWV 816
04.46 0,99 €
2
Courante
Suite V in G Major BWV 816
02.00 0,99 €
3
Sarabande
Suite V in G Major BWV 816
05.07 2,00 €
4
Gavotte
Suite V in G Major BWV 816
01.13 0,99 €
5
Bourrée
Suite V in G Major BWV 816
01.24 0,99 €
6
Loure
Suite V in G Major BWV 816
02.13 0,99 €
7
Gigue
Suite V in G Major BWV 816
03.42 0,99 €
8
Allemande
Suite VI in E Major BWV 817
03.16 0,99 €
9
Courante
Suite VI in E Major BWV 817
01.53 0,99 €
10
Sarabande
Suite VI in E Major BWV 817
03.10 0,99 €
11
Gavotte
Suite VI in E Major BWV 817
01.13 0,99 €
12
Polonaise
Suite VI in E Major BWV 817
01.29 0,99 €
13
Menuet
Suite VI in E Major BWV 817
01.10 0,99 €
14
Bourrée
Suite VI in E Major BWV 817
01.42 0,99 €
15
Gigue
Suite VI in E Major BWV 817
02.36 0,99 €
16
[Allegro]
Concerto Italiano in F Major BWV 971
04.17 0,99 €
17
Andante
Concerto Italiano in F Major BWV 971
04.41 0,99 €
18
Presto
Concerto Italiano in F Major BWV 971
04.21 0,99 €
19
Fantasia
Fantasia and Fugue in a minor BWV 904
05.28 2,00 €
20
Fugue
Fantasia and Fugue in a minor BWV 904
06.19 2,00 €

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