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Claire Huangci: Bach – Toccatas (24/96 FLAC)

Claire Huangci: Bach - Toccatas (24/96 FLAC)

Claire Huangci: Bach – Toccatas (24/96 FLAC)

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Claire Huangci
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Berlin Classics
Catalogue: 885470023045
Release: 2021
Size: 1.17 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: cover

01. Toccata (Arr. F. Busoni for piano)

Toccata & Fugue in D minor, BWV565
02. Fuga. Allegro sostenuto (Arr. F. Busoni for piano)

Toccata in G minor, BWV915
03. I.
04. II. Allegro
05. III. Adagio
06. IV. Fuga

Toccata in E minor, BWV914
07. I. Moderato
08. III. Adagio
09. IV. Fuga a 3: Allegro

Toccata in C minor, BWV911
10. Introduction – Adagio
11. Fugue

Toccata in G major, BWV916
12. I.
13. II. Adagio
14. III. Allegro and Presto

Toccata in D minor, BWV913
15. I.
16. II. Fuga. Presto
17. III. Adagio

Toccata in F sharp minor, BWV910
18. I.
19. II.
20. III. Presto e staccato

Toccata in D major, BWV912
21. I.
22. II. Allegro
23. III. Adagio
24. IV. Fugue (Presto)

On her most recent album, the pianist Claire Huangci made her first discographic foray into the chamber-music world of Ernest Chausson and Maurice Ravel. Her latest album creates a musical link almost back to the beginning of her professional career, to her highly acclaimed Scarlatti album, and proves yet again that she has a very close relationship with Baroque repertoire: with Johann Sebastian Bach’s varied and sparklingly virtuoso Toccatas she has taken ownership of a rarely heard collection of works, in which she presents the entire emotional spectrum of the young adult Bach.


The album begins with the most famous toccata in music history, though it is not the sort of work we are used to hearing played on a solo piano recording. Ferruccio Busoni’s transcription of the world famous Bach D minor Toccata, which takes the work normally heard on a mighty Baroque organ and has it played in romanticised manner on a piano keyboard, provides a captivating start, seeming to blow the cobwebs out of the keys, and whets our appetite for the original Bach and all of his seven Toccatas. All were written during Bach’s years in Weimar and bring him alive as a composer who is well versed in the serious art of Baroque counterpoint, yet contrasts this mastery with improvisational, virtuoso runs and dreamy slow passages.


In this programme Claire Huangci’s musical diversity comes perfectly into play, whether in the finely traced slow middle movement of the D major toccata, the dazzling brilliance of the beginning of the G minor toccata or the romanticised excesses of the Busoni transcription of BWV 565.

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