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 Post subject: Bach - Fantasia and Fugue - BWV 904 and 905
PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 5:19 pm 
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Two re-recordings, these replace my feeble-sounding early recordings from 2005 (doesn't time fly......)
My book has BWV 905 marked 'Doubtful' so maybe it's not by JSB. Not a P&F on a par with the WTC, but worth doing.

Bach - BWV 904 - Fantasia and Fugue in A Minor (9:47)
Bach - BWV 905 - Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor (5:31)

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 Post subject: Re: Bach - Fantasia and Fugue - BWV 904 and 905
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 8:54 pm 
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Hi Chris,

One sad thing about your recordings being (always) almost flawless is that nobody ever dares to criticize your work :-)
I'm not quite yet extremely familiar with Bach's work (I don't think I had ever listened to any of these two pieces before), but to my ears both sound quite great !

As the "Bach expert" here, which pieces who you advise me to listen to first ?

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 Post subject: Re: Bach - Fantasia and Fugue - BWV 904 and 905
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2011 9:08 pm 
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supitalp wrote:
One sad thing about your recordings being (always) almost flawless is that nobody ever dares to criticize your work :-)

Haha, they don't necessarily have to critricize (although some little thing can always be found). Just to say it was nice would help too.

supitalp wrote:
I'm not quite yet extremely familiar with Bach's work (I don't think I had ever listened to any of these two pieces before), but to my ears both sound quite great !

Thanks for that Henri. these may not be vintage Bach, but they're very good all the same. Especially the BWV 904 with its three different themes is really ingenious.

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As the "Bach expert" here, which pieces who you advise me to listen to first ?i
All of them. Well, the B minor Mass if I had to choose one. Although, the Mattheus Passion, or the Johannes Passion. Or the Brandenburg concerti... No, the organ Trio Sonatas. Some keyboard works perhaps... Ah shit, I don't know.... just pick any one :D

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 Post subject: Re: Bach - Fantasia and Fugue - BWV 904 and 905
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techneut wrote:
Haha, they don't necessarily have to critricize (although some little thing can always be found). Just to say it was nice would help too.

All right. It was nice, really !

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All of them. Well, the B minor Mass if I had to choose one. Although, the Mattheus Passion, or the Johannes Passion. Or the Brandenburg concerti... No, the organ Trio Sonatas. Some keyboard works perhaps... Ah shit, I don't know.... just pick any one :D

It doesn't really help me ! :lol:
I think I'll start with the keyboard works then ! Thanks for your advice.

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 Post subject: Re: Bach - Fantasia and Fugue - BWV 904 and 905
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supitalp wrote:
All right. It was nice, really !
Thanks 8)

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It doesn't really help me ! :lol:
I think I'll start with the keyboard works then ! Thanks for your advice.

Not a bad place. But to appreciate Bach's greatness, do look past and beyond the keyboard works.

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 Post subject: Re: Bach - Fantasia and Fugue - BWV 904 and 905
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Chris, 

Beautiful voicing throughout the A Minor Fantasia and the Fugue. 

The D Minor Fugue has beautiful voicing and a bit more expression than the A Minor Fugue. There is more shaping, momentum and nuance in the dynamics throughout.It has a greater sense of interpretation and comfort, sounds more relaxed with more direction. The musicality flows from within. I think the A Minor Fugue will reach that level soon.

Thank you for your performances,

Kaila

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 Post subject: Re: Bach - Fantasia and Fugue - BWV 904 and 905
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Thank you for the appreciation Kaila :D
Curious that you find the D minor the better performed. I put far more thought and work in the A minor which is the greater work of the two. It's also more complicated and elaborate, quote a difficult fugue in fact. The A minor if far more straightforward and therefore maybe came off better, dunno. Anyway I am quite happy with both.

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 Post subject: Re: Bach - Fantasia and Fugue - BWV 904 and 905
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Very nice Chris.It sounds like Bach to me-I get this indescribable feeling in my gut and brain- that makes me want to succumb to a higher power--oh intense it is!.A little more effects perhaps would intensify even more-(tee hee?)
thanks for sharing-!!!!!
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 Post subject: Re: Bach - Fantasia and Fugue - BWV 904 and 905
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Effects ? Tee-hee ? :?

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 Post subject: Re: Bach - Fantasia and Fugue - BWV 904 and 905
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ok -Ill stop that--!!! If i get good speakers I'll be able to make sound statements(a pun?)
but seriously- those pieces practically made me fall to the ground in praise -So I will restate that,Chris:
tremendous job!


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 Post subject: Re: Bach - Fantasia and Fugue - BWV 904 and 905
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Thank you very much :D
Sound statements, hehe... I like that one.

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