J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Complete Fantasias

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Andrea Padova
Individual Works:Preludium in C Minor BWV 921
Fantasie in C Minor BWV 905, Anh. II 87
Fantasie and Fugue in A Minor BWV 904
Fantasie in C Minor BWV 919
Fantasie in A Minor BWV 922
Fantasie "uber ein Rondo" in C Minor BWV 918
Fantasie in C Minor BWV 906
Fantasie in A Minor BWV 944
Fantasie "duobus subjectis" in G Minor BWV 917
Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D Minor BWV 903
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Datum
Catalog Number:DAT 80004
Year Released/Recorded:1996
Total Playing Time:60'25
Related Web Site:http://utenti.tripod.it/andreapadova/
Comments:Comments by Jan Hanford:

A truly remarkable performance. I had no idea the piano could be played so fast (Fantasie in A Minor, BWV 922) and yet with such perfect clarity. Andrea Padova's performance of these lesser known works of Bach is very impressive. His flawless technique and outstanding interpretive skills made these works come to life for me in a way they never have before. Exciting, joyful, dramatic, tender... I was captivated by this cd.

As with his recording of the Suites, the decision to perform Bach on the piano but with historic tuning is controversial. But in this case the tuning, "Werkmeister III", is not at all uncomfortable and the sound is beautiful.

Among so many recordings on harpsichord, a recording on piano is a welcome addition. And this outstanding performance is more than I could have wished for. Andrea Padova is a real find and deserves a great deal of attention. Highly recommended!

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:01/11/2001