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on 1 June 2002
J.S. Bach was the master of the small as well as the large. In addition to his colossal masterworks such as the St. Matthew Passion, he also wrote scores of short pieces which stand alone as miniatures.
This CD contains a pair of collections of these, published under the descriptions "inventions" and "sinfonias", although it's difficult to determine the distinction between the two. The shortest clock in at well under a minute, while the longest lasts no more than a few minutes in total. To a certain extent, they prequel the Well-tempered Clavier collections, and were apparently written for the same purpose, i.e. for teaching purposes.
They are played on this CD on solo piano, although there is no particular reason why they should not be experimented with - I have heard versions of some of these played on instruments as diverse as xylophone and Moog.
A recommended CD for those who are interested in exploring all the little backwaters of Bachiana. If you like the style of music that exemplifies the WTC, then these exquisite little pieces should well be to your taste. The playing is impeccable - warm, positive and good-humoured, like the pieces themselves.
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