J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Bach's Italian Journey

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Cyprien Katsaris
Individual Works:Italian Concerto in F Major BWV 971
Concerto in D Major BWV 972
Concerto in G Major BWV 973
Concerto in G Minor BWV 975
Concerto in C Major BWV 976
Concerto in C Major BWV 977
Concerto in F Major BWV 978
Concerto in G Major BWV 980
Toccata in G Major BWV 916
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Sony
Catalog Number:SK 66272
Year Released/Recorded:1994
Total Playing Time:77'23
Comments:Houston Lam said:

Katsaris play the Italian Concerto analyically,each part (VOICE) is clearly played with a rhythmic and lively accompany part. The 3rd movt. is played in a quite exicting manner with a quick tempo ( 3:05 ). In general , it is a good performing.

Philippe Yared said:

Cyprien Katsaris gives us a most unusual recital of Bach music inspired by Italy since, besides the Italian Concerto and the Toccata in G Major BWV 916, he plays Bach's transcriptions of Vivaldi concertos plus BWV 977, a concerto with no known source. These works are already rare on the harpsichord but, as I far as I know, had never been recorded on the piano. For me, BWV 972 (the ninth from Vivaldi's "L'Estro Armonico") is the most moving because I have listened to it since I was a child, played on the harpsichord by Wanda Landowska and especially by Sylvia Marlowe. Katsaris plays it delicately, as it should, and his second movement with its miraculous melody lives up to expectations even though it is far less lyrical than Marlowe's recording. He is not a machine-gun type of pianist in that he does not adhere to strict staccato and tempi. He always has a surprise in store for us. I had not bought this recording for the Italian Concerto which I have in some fifteen versions but Katsaris underlines so many interesting inner voices in the first and the third movements that it is now the only version of this piece I listen to. I recommend it warmly. Excellent sound from Sony, clear and warm, much more pleasant than for example the Perahia recordings I know.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Philippe Yared
  • Houston Lam
Date First Submitted:10/28/1998