About the album
All Around Bach
“Arrangements, paraphrases, copies – in the music world, these are just a few of the terms that designate the same genre, which has probably existed as long as art itself. What is an arrangement?
Is it more or less a copy of the original, or is it an independent work in its own right? How far can the arranger stray from the original? Who is the main author: the composer or the arranger? Even from a legal point of view, this subject is so complex that no clear answer has yet been found.
Throughout his life, Bach often arranged works by other composers and continually rearranged his own. This was something he found natural, and in his day and age it was nothing unusual. In the case of a great number of his works for keyboard, we are not sure whether they were intended for harpsichord, organ, or even clavichord. I have always found this subject of great importance: as a pianist, if one chooses the modern grand as the medium for these pieces, one is performing Bach exclusively in “arrangement” form.
In this context I decided to examine the creative interrelations among works by several composers separated by time and space: from Vivaldi to Busoni, from Bach to Franck and Liszt, in order to conceive a programme for this CD with the figure and the oeuvre of Bach as connecting element:
“All Around Bach”……..(booklet notes by Stepan Simonian)
11Concerto for Piano solo h-Moll / in B Minor BWV 979 I (Adagio) – Allegro
12Concerto for Piano solo h-Moll / in B Minor BWV 979 II Adagio
13Concerto for Piano solo h-Moll / in B Minor BWV 979 III Allegro (Grave)
14Concerto for Piano solo h-Moll / in B Minor BWV 979 IV Andante
15Concerto for Piano solo h-Moll / in B Minor BWV 979 V Adagio
16Concerto for Piano solo h-Moll / in B Minor BWV 979 VI Allegro
17Italian Concerto in F Major for Piano solo BWV 971 (from: Klavierübung Part II) I (Allegro)
18Italian Concerto in F Major for Piano solo BWV 971 (from: Klavierübung Part II) II Andante
19Italian Concerto in F Major for Piano solo BWV 971 (from: Klavierübung Part II) III Presto
110Chorale Preludes BV B27 No. 9: In dir ist Freude, BWV 665
111Phantasy and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542 Phantasy
112Phantasy and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542 Fugue
113Chorale Preludes BV B27 No. 4: Nun freut Euch, lieben Christen g‘mein .., BWV 734
114Fantasie und Fuge / Phantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H, S. 529/2
115Chorale Preludes BV B27 No. 10: Jesus Christus...., BWV 615
116Prélude, Fugue et Variation, Op. 18