J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Concerti and Praeludia

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Skip Sempe
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Olivier Fortin
Soloists:Skip Sempe, harpsichord
Olivier Fortin, harpsichord
Individual Works:Prelude in C major, BWV 545
Fugue in C Major, BWV 545
Largo in C Major, BWV 1005
Adagio in D minor, BWV 974
Adagio in G Major, BWV 969
Prelude in G Major, BWV 541
Fugue in G Major, BWV 541
Larghetto in D Major, BWV 972
Concerto in G Major, BWV 592
Prelude in E flat Major, BWV 1010
Prelude in C Major, BWV 966
Prelude in C Major, BWV 547
Fugue in C Major, BWV 547
Allegro in C Major, BWV 595
Adagio in A minor, BWV 965
Concerto in A minro, BWV 593
Prelude in A Major, BWV 1006
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Astree
Catalog Number:8645
Year Released/Recorded:1998
Comments:Jan Hanford:

A virtuoso performance on two harpsichords. None of the works were originally for two harpsichords. These arrangements were done by Olivier Fortin and Skip Sempe who also "improvised" some movements. The result is sometimes too full and, for me, unappealing.

The slow movements are lovely but I found some of the fast movements to be too fast. The Prelude from BWV 1006 loses its harmonic flow at this speedy pace. But the technical dexterity of Sempe and Fortin is impressive. If they had slowed down a bit I would have enjoyed it more.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:07/06/2002