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Patrick Dunn | J. S. Bach, W. F. Bach & C. P. E. Bach: Keyboard Works

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J. S. Bach, W. F. Bach & C. P. E. Bach: Keyboard Works

by Patrick Dunn

Historically renowned for their superlative keyboard skills, this father and sons trio is represented here by a small selection of works, which perhaps also provides a glimpse of their improvisation prowess.
Genre: Classical: Bach
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Toccata in D Major, BWV 912
12:23 album only
2. Fantasia in F Sharp Minor, Wq 67
11:48 album only
3. Fantasia in E Minor, Falck 21
9:37 album only
4. Abschied Von Meinem Silbermannischen Claviere in Einem Rondo, Wq 66
5:53 album only
5. Toccata in E Minor, BWV 914
7:42 album only
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Album Notes
J. S. Bach’s Toccatas are early works clearly designed to impress the listener. The Toccata BWV 912 is a substantial work in six sections, two of which are fugal, interspersed with free improvisational movements. The final section is a joyous, gigue-like moto perpetuo.

C. P. E. Bach’s Fantasia Wq 67 (1787) is notable for its expression, incorporating an abundance of dynamic levels: pp, p, mp, mf, f and ff. A closely related alternative reworking for violin and keyboard (Wq 80) is titled C. P. E. Bach’s Empfindungen (CPE Bach’s feelings/sensitivities) suggesting autobiographical content thereof. Often cited as a prime example of the particular North German aesthetic of Empfindsamkeit, the composer demonstrates here a combination of melancholic introspection with striking, extraordinary melodic invention and modulation.

Like a grand operatic scena, W. F. Bach’s Fantasia in e minor imitates vocal styles of writing. A furioso Overture leads into alternating recitativo and arioso sections.

C. P. E. Bach’s Rondo Wq 66 (1781) is a heartfelt and plaintive farewell (abschied) to the composer’s beloved Silbermann clavichord, which was acquired by the Count von Grotthuß in 1781.

The Toccata BWV 914 has four distinct sections: a short introduzione, a fugal Un poco allegro, a free-form Adagio and a magnificent FUGA finale comparable to Bach’s great organ fugues.

This recording was made at the state-of-the-art facilities at pianorecording.co.uk studio in Sheffield, UK. The piano is a Bösendorfer Imperial model, incorporating the innovative Phoenix system of bridge agraffes which enhances depth of tone, sustain and clarity.



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Moods for all
This will lift you up, slow down and relax you, Patrick makes you just stop and listen. Try it out for yourself, you will not be disappointed

Catriona Logan

First Class
Beautiful playing - very impressive