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JS Bach: 'Speculation on JS Bach-Reconstructed Chamber Music & Chorals'

Magazine article Gramophone

JS Bach: 'Speculation on JS Bach-Reconstructed Chamber Music & Chorals'

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JS Bach 'Speculation on JS Bach--Reconstructed Chamber Music & Chorals' JS Bach An Wasserflussen Babylon, BWV653. Concerto a 4, BWV548/885. Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV639. Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, BWV650.0 Mensch, bewein' dein Sunde gross, BWV622. Trio Sonatas--after BWV1028; after BWV1032; BWVdn/7111/655/584/676. Wenn wir in hochsten Nothen sein, BWV641. Borner Jesu meine Freude, after BWV794. Wer nur den lieben Gott Iasst walten, after BWV797 Michael Form rec Marie Rouquie vn Etienne Floutier bass viol Dirk Borner hpd Pan Classics (F) PC10384 (71' * DDD)

The chorale melody was the cantus firmus of Bach's art, its generative, motivating force, its divine metaphor. It serves a similar function in these provocative musical 'speculations'--the spectres of trio sonatas and chorale arrangements which might have been.

'Johann Sebastian Bach's chamber music was in constant transition', writes recorder player Michael Form in his booklet note, before speculating on the possible chamber works implied not just in Bach's extant music but in his practice as a musician. He also introduces the chorale arrangements as interludes which, in their varied instrumentations, imitate organ stops while presenting them in 'a new light, in an unfamiliar sonority . …

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