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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B0000542GU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,155 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Andante - Allegretto Tranquillo - Andante
3. Presto
4. Arioso
5. Andante (Fugato)
6. Adagissimo
7. Aria Introduction
8. Aria Di Postiglione: Adagio Poco
9. Fuga All'imitazione Della Cornetta Di Postiglione
10. Capriccio in E Major
11. Duet in E minor
12. Duet in F major
13. Duet in G major
14. Duet in A minor
15. Overture
16. Courante
17. Gavotte I
18. Gavotte II
19. Gavotte (Da Capo)
20. Passepied I
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Angela Hewitt's recordings of J S Bach's keyboard works are rapidly being seen as the definitive modern survey on the piano. Such is her natural affinity for Bach's style, her aliveness to his dancing rhythms and her sensitive use of the modern instrument, that she is the natural successor to a prestigious line of great Bach pianists. This disc includes works from the second and third volumes of Bach's Clavierübung (Keyboard Practice). In the Italian Concerto and French Overture Bach demonstrates not only his skill as translating to the keyboard two of the most popular orchestral genres of the time, but also his natural assimilation of their respective national characteristics, while remaining true to his own style. These are among his happiest inspirations. The Italian Concerto brims with joyous thematic invention and allusions to solo and orchestral contrasts, while the French Overture (often called a Partita) is a lively dance suite. The Four Duets, rather like more mature Two-part Inventions, and the youthful Capriccios complete a sunny and inspirational disc.

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Until I heard Angela Hewitt's marvellous record, my two favourite versions of Bach's Italian Concerto, for very different reasons, were by Artur Schnabel and Rosalyn Tureck. I loved his muscularity and his frisky sense of celebration; I admired her marmoreal perfection. Hewitt combines the best of both worlds, and adds a host of other qualities into the bargain. Clarity and precision are pressed into the service of the most natural-sounding spontaneity; gorgeous cantabile with exuberantly muscular warmth. And after scaling the Bachian peaks for Hyperion--the Partitas, the Goldbergs, the 48--she has now turned her attention to some of his most unjustly neglected works. As her own erudite liner notes make clear, she's under no illusions about Bach's programmatic little "Capriccio on the departure of his beloved brother", but she makes the best possible case for our taking the Four Duets--in effect, two-part inventions--and the French Overture in B minor very seriously indeed. It's bliss to find things both unfamiliar and magnificent, and doubly so when so finely played. Part of the alchemy lies in the way she induces her big Steinway to sound like a harpsichord. --Michael Church

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alan Lekan on 6 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
If you are newer to Bach's abundent solo keyboard music - or Angela Hewitt - then this CD is an excellent place to start. It features the popular "French Overture" and contains some of the more lyrical and "accessible" music Bach wrote for the keyboard. There is a delightful mix of Bach compositions here capturing the 16th/17th century musical styles from Italy, France, Germany and Spain. Bach shows himself to be a true "non-politico" - as well as the master composer of the era - by skillfully combining the musical styles from these countries (namely France and Italy) to produce works of great musical style and appeal.
In the opening Italian piece, Hewitt does great justice to Bach's tribute to the Italian concerto style with a convincing "dialog" between lighter solo episodes (tutti) and the fuller passages imitating orchestral effect (ritornello) - all on one keyboar of course. This piece is most famous for the adagio which Hewitt infuses with much heart and soul by her delicate, thoughtful melodic lines that never approach over sentimentality. The main event of this CD must certainly be the monumental "French Overture" (aka: Partita in B minor) - a grand conception lasting some 30 minutes repleat with numerous movements of French courtly dance influence and rich in imaginative and decorative keyboard effects. Miss Hewitt wonderfully articulates these effervescent rhythms with supreme confidence and masterful result. Her ornamentations are always tasteful, seamlessly integrated and truly enthralling to hear. In the off-beat rhythms of the gigue, her semiquavers bounce off the page with great poise and the crispness of fresh-pressed linen. And she shows her masterful pianism to its fullest in the curious final "echo" movement, bringing an brilliant, orchestral quality to it.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By adrianhollander@aol.com on 4 April 2001
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I have loved Bach's keyboard music for all my conscious life, and it is not often that I am stopped in my (CD) tracks by a new rendition. However, Angela Hewitt has captivated me with her precise but lilting offering. The 'Italian Concerto' is always a thrill, but this is the best recorded performance I have ever heard. It is almost impossible not to get up and dance around the room. The 'Capriccio on the Departure of his Beloved Brother' is so moving, and is a rare example of programme music from Bach. The other tracks are equally faultless and inspiring - truly a 'must have' for the music lover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rowena newcastle on 25 Jun. 2013
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Angela Hewitt plays with such a sense of joy in all that she plays - and never more so when she plays Bach. This is a very fine performance of the Italian Concerto which simply dances over the keys with accuracy and delight. It is a recording to return to often.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 14 Aug. 2014
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You may like to know that this excellent disc is now part of a fantastic box set of all Angela Hewitt's solo Bach recordings which I recommend very warmly: Angela Hewitt plays Bach (Complete Solo Keyboard Recordings) .
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