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'Bach Unlimited': JS Bach Italian Concerto

Magazine article Gramophone

'Bach Unlimited': JS Bach Italian Concerto

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'Bach Unlimited' JS Bach Italian Concerto, BWV971 JS Bach/ Busoni Chaconne Enhco L'aube nous verra. Chant nocturne. La question de L'ange. Sur la route (a) Liszt Fantasia and Fugue on B-A-C-H, S529 Poulenc Valse-improvisation sur le nom de Bach Roussel Prelude and Fugue, Op 46 Lise de la Salle, (a) Thomas Enhco pf Naive (F) V5444 (55' * DDD)

The concept behind Lise de la Salle's 'Bach Unlimited' is to interweave music either written by or inspired byJS Bach. In turn, composer Thomas Enhco provides short pieces that comment upon and link the major works. Bach's Italian Concerto makes for an extrovert curtain-raiser by way of de la Salle's frisky outer movements but she doesn't equal Angela Hewitt (Hyperion, 3/01) or Murray Perahia (Sony Classical, 12/03) for refined contrapuntal acumen. Enhco's Chant nocturne purportedly relates to the Italian Concerto's slow movement; it's actually closer to being the love child of Schubert's 'Gretchen am Spinnrade' and Keith Jarrett's Koln Concert.

De la Salle's hard-hitting interpretation of Poulenc's Valseimprovisation misses the music's lithe and debonnaire point. The 'groove' set up at the outset of Enhco's four-hand piece based on the letters of Bach's name fails to sustain as the texture grows heavier with notes. …

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