J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Demidenko Plays Bach-Busoni 2

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Nikolai Demidenko
Individual Works:Fantasia, BWV 906
Adagio from BWV 968
Fugue, BWV 906, completed by

Chorale Preludes from Book 1:
Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist, BWV 667
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645

Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 533
Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532

Chorale Preludes from Book 2:
Herr Gott, nun schleuß den Himmel auf, BWV 617
Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt, BWV 637 / BWV 705
In dir ist Freude, BWV 615
Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 665

Chaconne from Partita No 2 for solo violin, BWV 1004

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Hyperion
Catalog Number:CDA67324
Year Released/Recorded:2002
Total Playing Time:70:11
Comments:Jan Hanford said:

The idea of transcriptions of Bach's organ (and other) works for piano is very exciting to me. Although Bach's organ works are generally beautiful, I am not a big fan of the organ. It's too "churchy" for my taste and all that foundation-shaking volume is sometimes too alarming to listen to in one's living room.

Translating this incredible music to piano is a great idea but these transcriptions are not the ones for me. They are too much Busoni and not enough Bach. The liner notes praise Busoni's performance of Liszt, etc. and sadly that style comes through here. This headache-inducing performance is partly the fault of Demidenko's relentless pounding and pedal but it seems the transcriptions themselves are too heavy. At times it reminded me of Scriabin. That might be good if I weren't familiar with, and expecting, Bach. The few gentle moments made me wonder why there weren't more of them.

So, I don't recommend this cd except for fans of Busoni, Liszt and Scriabin.

Acknowledgements:Formerly from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:09/17/1998