Bach Piano I
Judith Lambden (piano)
Pianist Judith Lambden continues her project to record Bach's keyboard works. This CD includes four toccatas, the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, and the Italian Concerto.
It begins with four of Bach's Toccatas, which are amongst his earliest compositions. They are full of youthful passion and intensity. free and improvisatory. These "touch" pieces from "toccare" to touch, originated in Italy. They would be used to try out a new harpsichord or organ, and also to display the player's brilliance.
The Chromatic Fantasia also has many flourishes, and includes dramatic
recitative-like melodies. The fugue which follows has a chromatic scale in its subject, with contrasting light episodes. It is a formal work and builds up to a magnificent ending.
The Italian Concerto, published by Bach in 1735, is influenced by the style of Italian composers such as Vivaldi. The solo instrument is strong and is complemented by the quieter imitation of a string orchestra. There is a slow Aria-like middle movement, and the two outer movements which are joyous and exuberant, are very much in the Italian spirit.
Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
Toccata in D major, BWV 912
Toccata in E minor, BWV 914
Toccata in D minor, BWV 913
Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue, BWV 903
Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971
Move Records 1CD