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  • Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Leonard Slatkin
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (15 Jun. 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00004TZSE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Transcriptions orchestrales de Respighi, Bantock, Honegger, Reger, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Raff, Holst, Schoenberg / BBC Philharmonic, dir. Leonard Slatkin

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Another Bach anniversary offering, featuring fine performances that have been well recorded. These orchestrations (mainly of organ works) are essentially the product of 19th and 20th-century composers working at a time when it was widely seen as perfectly acceptable to pep up Bach's own orchestrations with the added colour and fattening of texture available from the modern orchestra. Slatkin certainly doesn't offer the kind of over-blown performances such big-boned reworkings often invited, but some may still find the echoes of that earlier tradition a shade unpalatable against the background of today's "authentic" performance styles. Some transcriptions work better than others--either when they retain a native simplicity (as in the moving Reger orchestration for strings of "O Mensch bewein' dein' Suende gross"), or when they represent the quintessential sound of the transcribing composer, as in Elgar's fabulous treatment of the Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 537. As a snapshot of how past generations have viewed Bach there is undeniable fascination value here. --Andrew Green

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gadgadasvara on 6 Nov. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This CD deserves five stars on all levels: the transcriptions in themselves range from great to brilliant; Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra play impeccably. And the recording quality is really good. So whoever listens to this CD on a really good (preferably high-end) stereo will benefit from still another dimension of joy.
As I said, apart from a transcription by Schönberg (which I really didn’t like at all) the other works are all just wonderful. Some of them though stand out particularly. First of all, Slatkins casting of instruments on the Passacaglia and Fugue BWV 582 and his and the BBC’s performance make this the best version of BWV 582 I ever listened to. And then you have to mention definitely a truly great transcription of Prelude and Fugue BWV 545 (arr. by Arthur Honneger).
Two first prices go first of all to Elgar’s transcription of Fantasy and fugue BWV 537. Especially the fantasy is so wonderful that I not only have the impression it was Bach himself who did it, but it is even better than Bach’s original version for church organ. I cannot recommend enough Elgar’s version. I said to myself: „Now, this piece has reached its perfection”.
And finally there is that transcription of the famous „Chaconne“ (for solo violin, BWV 1004), played for the first time since its composition in 1873, by a certain Joseph Joachim Raff. This peace alone already would justify getting this CD.
Raff (who is little known in Germany) uses all the symphonic legacy of both the 18th and 19th century and he does it in the most masterful way. And what is more, he doesn’t give in to the common temptation of creating a kind of showcase of virtuosity and technique.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Nov. 2001
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Slatkin and the BBC Philharmonic achieve a level of power and dynamicism in this recording that is seldom found. The Respighi transcription of the Pasacaglia and Fugue in C minor is breathtaking in its all-enveloping emotion. Together, the well-chosen pieces coupled in this recording result in one of the most pleasing CDs purchased in recent years.
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I thought I was buying a CD. The picture looks like that. Then I could not find the download on my computer. So I am not happy with Amazon.
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