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Comparatively Speaking:
Transcriptions of Bach’s Chorales & Sonatas

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 65 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Originally broadcast in February 1980, Matthew Holdreith presents another program in his Comparatively Speaking series, in which he examines various transcriptions of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. In this recording, a number of Bach’s chorale preludes, fugues, and organ sonatas are presented in their original form, juxtaposed with some of the more famous arrangements of those same works, by a variety of composers, conductors, and musicians. Ranging from the elegantly reverential piano transcriptions of Myra Hess, Ferruccio Busoni, and Egon Petri, to the much reviled bombastic orchestral interpretations of Leopold Stokowski, and the delightful yet perhaps inappropriately airy arrangements by Mozart, these recordings are a testimony to the inspiration that the imaginative versatility of the Baroque master has provided to those that have come after him. Holdreith, whose admiration for Bach is most palpable, enlightens the audience with his erudite commentary and obvious enthusiasm.

Musical Selections:  Jesus bleibet meine Freude (”Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring”) [chorale from the cantata “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (’Heart and Mouth and Deed and Life’), BWV 147”, ver. 1 ] (1716, rev. 1723) (3:22) / Johann Sebastian Bach [arr. for piano by Myra Hess] -- Jesus bleibet meine Freude [ver. 2] (3:24) -- Sonata in E Flat Major, BWV 1031 [2nd movement “Siciliano”, ver. 1] (ca. 1730-34) (3:03) / Johann Sebastian Bach [arr. for piano by Wilhelm Kempff] -- Sonata in E Flat Major, BWV 1031, for flute and harpsichord [2nd movement, ver. 2] (2:28) -- Sonata in E Flat Major, BWV 1031 [2nd movement, ver. 1] (3:03) -- Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 [excerpt, ver. 1] (ca. 1708) (0:30) / Johann Sebastian Bach [arr. for orch. by Leopold Stokowski] -- Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565, for organ [excerpt, ver. 2] (2:10) -- Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 [excerpt, ver. 1] (0:30) -- Trio Sonata No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 526 [final movement, ver. 1] (c. 1730) (5:06) / Johann Sebastian Bach [arr. for string trio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart] -- Trio Sonata No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 526, for organ [final movement, ver. 2] (4:31) --Trio Sonata in E Minor, BWV 528, for organ [third movement, ver. 1] (c. 1730) (3:54) / Johann Sebastian Bach -- Trio Sonata in E Minor, BWV 528, for pedal harpsichord [third movement, ver. 2] (4:29) -- [two unidentified excerpts of a slow movement] -- Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ [from “Das Orgel-Büchlein, BWV 599-644” ver. 1] (ca. 1713-15) (2:21) / Johann Sebastian Bach [arr. for piano by Ferruccio Busoni] -- Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, for organ [ver. 2] (3:06) -- [unidentified choral prelude by J. S. Bach , arr. for piano by F. Busoni] (3:54) -- Vor Deinen Thron Tret Ich Hiermit, BWV 668 [ver. 1] (1750) (2:23) / Johann Sebastian Bach [arr. for piano by Egon Petri] -- Vor Deinen Thron Tret Ich Hiermit, BWV 668, for organ [ver. 2] (2:50)
Performers:  Myra Hess, piano (Jesus, ver. 1)
Dinu Lipatti, piano (Sonata, ver. 1 ; Ich, ver. 1)
Jean-Pierre Rampal, flute (Sonata, ver. 2)
Robert Veyron-Lacroix, harpsichord (Sonata, ver. 2)
Danielle Kintempe (sp?), organ (Trio in c, ver. 2)
Helmut Walcha, organ (Trio in e, ver. 1)
Genre:  Classical Music
Subject:  18th century classical; Piano music, Arranged; Cantatas, Sacred; Sonatas (Flute and harpsichord) ; Toccatas; Canons, fugues, etc. (Orchestra), Arranged; Organ music; Canons, fugues, etc. (Organ); String trios; Canons, fugues, etc. (String trio), Arranged; Sonatas (Organ); Sonatas (Pedal harpsichord)
People:  Holdreith, Matthew; Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750; Hess, Myra, Dame, 1890-1965 ; Kempff, Wilhelm, 1895-1991 ; Stokowski, Leopold, 1882-1977 ; Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791; Busoni, Ferruccio, 1866-1924; Petri, Egon ; Lipatti, Dinu, 1917-1950 ; Rampal, Jean-Pierre, 1922-2000; Veyron-Lacroix, Robert ; Walcha, Helmut, 1907-1991
First Broadcast Date:  2/11/1980
 
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