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Johann Sebastian Bach

Bergen Barokk

Domestic Bach

  • Type CD
  • Label Lawo Classics
  • UPC 7090020180854
  • Catalog number LWC 1073
  • Release date 22 May 2015
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About the album

One of the merits of the early music movement has been to highlight the flexibility of the Baroque repertoire and to show how conducive it is to realisation in a variety of ensembles and contexts. Yet the modern perception of Bach clearly has a life of its own. There is an almost unspoken romanticised notion among musicians, researchers and the listening public that the genius of this master's works, unlike those of his contemporaries, must be understood and respected in the context of complete and perfect compositions.
To tamper with these works would somehow compromise this perfection. However, this is not the way the master himself would have seen it. Bach saw music as a science and himself as a researcher. Like some of his contemporaries, he would not be averse to re-use his own material (often called musical parody). This is by no means due to laziness, rather because re-using for him was really a way to further explore the material's potential. The same can be said for his attitude towards reworking the oevres of other composers. Bach was not one to plagiarize or "improve" his contemporaries' works, but preferred to learn from and explore the opportunities of a composition. Armed with a score by a Vivaldi or a Pergolesi, he would inevitably pick up Italian musical traits and link it in with his own personal style.
Inspired by Bach's practice, Bergen Barokk has for many years arranged, and at times quite radically rearranged, several of Bach's works and adapted them to our performance situations. We have both abridged and elaborated on original scores and discovered that there is scarcely a harpsichord piece, an organ trio, cantata, aria or dance from Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach that is not waiting to be unravelled in several ways. In this recording we present some selected examples.

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    Trio Sonata, BWV 1039/BWV 1027 Adagio
     
    04:21
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    Trio Sonata, BWV 1039/BWV 1027 Allegro ma non tanto
     
    03:42
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    Trio Sonata, BWV 1039/BWV 1027 Andante
     
    02:27
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    Trio Sonata, BWV 1039/BWV 1027 Allegro moderato
     
    03:19
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    Choral: «Liebster Jesu, Wir Sind Hier», BWV 731
     
    02:31
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    Andante from Organ Trio, BWV 527
     
    05:52
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    Choral: «Wachet Auf, Ruft Uns Die Stimme», BWV 645
     
    03:46
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    Menuet, BWV Anh. 114
     
    01:31
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    [Aria] «So oft ich meine Tobackspfeife», BWV 515a
     
    05:04
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    Polonaise, BWV Anh. 125
     
    01:35
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    Menuet, BWV Anh. 116
     
    01:41
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    Marche, BWV Anh. 122
     
    01:06
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    [Polonaise], BWV Anh. 128
     
    01:09
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    Aria, BWV 515
     
    01:34
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    Musette, BWV Anh. 126
     
    01:43
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    Sarabande from BWV 1013
     
    04:46
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    «Warum betrübst du dich», BWV 516
     
    01:22
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    Rondeau, BWV Anh. 183
     
    03:16
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    Das Musikalische Opfer, BWV 1079 Canon a 2 per Tonos: «Ascendenteque Modulationis ascendat Gloria Regis»
     
    03:08
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    Das Musikalische Opfer, BWV 1079 Fuga canonica in Epidiapente
     
    02:15
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    Choral praeludium: «Jesus, meine Zuversicht», BWV 728
     
    02:11
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    «Bist du bei mir», BWV 508
     
    01:58
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    Choral: «Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten», BWV 691
     
    01:59

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