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'Bach to the Future': Bach/Busoni Chorale Prelude

Magazine article Gramophone

'Bach to the Future': Bach/Busoni Chorale Prelude

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'Bach to the Future'

Bach/Busoni Chorale Prelude, 'Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV639 Bach/Kurtag Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, BWV687 (a). Cantata No 106--Sinfonia (a) Barber Piano Sonata, Op 26 Beethoven Six Bagatelles, Op 126 Berg Piano Sonata, Op 1 Busoni Fantasia after JS Bach, K253

Ashley Wass, (a) Ron Abramski pfs

Orchid (F) ORC100033 (63' * DDD)

Wass's 'musical autobiography' through the prism of JS Bach

For his Orchid Classics debut, Ashley Wass puts together a mixed programme of works that are either by Bach or are inspired by Bach on a certain level. Superficially, at least, the respective Passacaglia and Fugue movements from Barber's Sonata relate to Bach, as do the combative counterpoint of Beethoven's Op 126 Bagatelles and Berg's Sonata. The latter receives an impassioned, large-scale and cogently shaped performance that holds its own with the best, despite some blurring at the climaxes (that's the recorded resonance, not Wass's pedalling!). If the more introspective and lyrical Beethoven Bagatelles sound comparatively studied next to, say, Schnabel's conversational ease or Kovacevich's coiled intensity, the faster movements are appropriately charged and articulated to the nines. …

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