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Ensemble Contraste – Bach: Transcriptions (2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88.2kHz]

Bach: Transcriptions – Ensemble Contraste (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88.2 kHz | Digital Booklet | 930 MB
Genre: Classical | Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz

Moving from the harpsichord to the clavichord or the organ was probably easy enough for Johann Sebastian Bach. The source of the sound didn’t matter, because for the master of Leipzig, what counted were thought and intellect: the form, tonality and melodic contours ere more important than the instrument itself. And indeed, through this work of musical thought, Bach used different keyboards, prefiguring the instruments to come: the piano as a synthesis of the harpsichord, the organ and the clavichord.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble: Ensemble Contraste

Reviews: Bach was aware of exchanges between the different European schools, which allowed musicians to copy, transcribe and adapt the work of contemporaries. Bach did this with his own scores, as well as those of his colleagues. Over the centuries, Busoni, Siloti, Kempff and Kurtàg amongst other have transformed the magic of the organ, orchestra and choruses of the cantatas to the piano.

And now, Ensemble Contraste presents its own vision of the Cantor: a school of freedom that never betrays his conception and allows the beauty, rigorous construction and triumphant polyphonies to shine through.

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1 Choral pour orgue « Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland » BWV 659 4’21
(transcription pour quatuor avec piano)
2 Choral pour orgue « Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ » BWV 639 2’35
(transcription pour trio à cordes)
3 Cantate « Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen » BWV 12, sinfonia et coro 7’29
(transcription pour quatuor avec piano)
4 Motet « Singet Dem Herrn » BWV 225 4’20
(transcription pour quatuor avec piano)
5 Livre I – Prélude et fugue n°9 BWV 854 (Clavier Bien Tempéré ) 2’56
(transcription pour trio à cordes)
6 Ricercare à 6 BWV 1079 (L’Offrande musicale) 6’43
(transcription pour quatuor avec piano)
7 Partita en ut mineur pour clavier, 1ère partie BWV 826 5’04
(transcription pour trio à cordes)
8 Aria « Erbarme dich » BWV 244 (La Passion selon Saint Matthieu) 6’23
(transcription pour piano seul)*
9 Passacaille et fugue en ut mineur pour orgue BWV 582 11’25
(transcription pour quatuor avec piano)
10 Bist du bei mir BWV 508 2’27
(transcription pour alto et piano)
Transcriptions réalisées par :
Johan Farjot (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 et 9), Karol Beffa (8) et Arnaud Thorette (10)


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