J.S. Bach

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Great Pianists of the Twentieth Century -- Edwin Fischer, vol 1

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Edwin Fischer
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Edwin Fischer Chamber Orchestra (in BWV 1052, 1055, 1056)
Soloists:Edwin Fischer
Individual Works:The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1 and 2 (excerpts)
Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, BWV 903
Prelude (Fantasy) in a minor, BWV 922
Fantasy and Fugue in a minor, BWV 904
Concertos in d, A, f, BWV 1052, BWV 1055, BWV 1056
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Philips
Catalog Number:456 766-2
Year Released/Recorded:1931 - 1938
Total Playing Time:2 hrs 36 min
Comments:Peter Gutmann said:

À Nowadays we are so used to period renditions of Bach played with phenomenal precision on original instruments that we tend to forget that there is another way to approach this most universal of all composers. Fischer is a glorious throwback who played his Bach on the concert grand with an exquisite velvet touch and loads of personal inflection. While his renditions of three piano concertos and excerpts from "The 48" are revelatory, especially startling are three fantasy pieces, in which his free-wheeling departures from modern interpretive expectations are especially compelling. Which style is truly the more authentic? From a purely emotional point of view, theyÆre equally valid and only serve to prove the futility of aesthetic arguments of this type and the overriding timelessness of BachÆs art.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Peter Gutmann
Date First Submitted:11/13/1999