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JS Bach: JS Bach Cantata No 147

Magazine article Gramophone

JS Bach: JS Bach Cantata No 147

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JS Bach Cantata No 147--Jesu, joy of man's desiring (arr Hess). Cantata No 208--Sheep may safely graze (arr Petri). Capriccio on the Departure of his Beloved Brother, BWV992. Fantasia and Fugue, BWV904. Flute Sonata No 2, BWV1031--Siciliano (arr Kempff). Fugue, BWV878 (arr Grainger). Nun freut' euch, lieben Christen g'mein, BWV734 (arr Busoni). Prelude, BWV555 (arr Siloti). Solo Violin Partitia No 2, BWV1004--Chaconne (arr Busoni). Solo Violin Partita No 3, BWV1006--Suite (arr Rachmaninov) Grainger Blithe Bells Jayson Gillham pf

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Jayson Gillham's is the most enjoyable and worthwhile disc of hyphenated Bach since Hannes Minnaar's (Cobra, 1/14) and Vikingur Olafsson's (DG, 11/18). The three share some repertoire but not enough to make you choose between them, and all have been finely recorded.

I particularly warmed to Gillham's cushioned, rounded tone, more engaging than Olafsson's refined, airy detachment: there is not a single bar in the 19 tracks that doesn't sound lovely. He is a storyteller, as is obvious from the opening Fugue in E major (No 9 from Book 2 of The Well-Tempered. Clavier), 'Busonified' by Percy Grainger with octave doublings and other devices. That impression is reinforced by the Bach-Rachmaninov Suite from the E major Violin Partita, as witty and sprightly in the outer movements as it is elegant and knowing in the Gavotte, and a far cry from Daniil Trifonov's recent drab offering (DG, 11/18). …

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