J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Bach Fantasy

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Isao Tomita
Individual Works:1. Early Bird [Cantata "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" BWV 208: Aria]
2. Ave Maria [Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1: No. 1 in C /Gounod]
3. March of Mobile Toy Soldiers [Cantata "Jesu, der du meine Seele" BWV 78: Aria Duetto]
4. Fantasy of the Clock [Cantata "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme", BWV 140.html">BWV 140
5. Jesus, Joy of Man's Desiring [Cantata "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147: Chorale]
6. The Sea Named "Solaris" [Based on Sinfonia No. 2 in C Minor BWV 788, and Chorale "Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesus Christ" BWV 639]
7. Whistling Boy [Invention No. 13 in A Minor BWV 784]
8. Storm in the Desert [Cantata "Schwingt freudig euch empor" BWV 36: Chorale]
9. Air on a G-String [Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D BWV 1068: Aria]
10. Toccata and Fugue [Toccata and Fugue in D Minor BWV 565]
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:RCA;BMG
Year Released/Recorded:1996
Total Playing Time:53:01
Comments:Marc Demol said:

The new CD from Tomita titled `Bach Fantasy' has been released in Japan. Since Carlos' `Switched-On Bach' was an inspiration to Tomita, it was probably only a matter of time before he tried his hand at some of Bach's many works

Jan Hanford said:

The first three tracks of this album are so terrible I had to wonder if this was the amazing Tomita I remember from the 70's. His use of little drum sounds, cute pre-set synth trumpet sounds and precious little flourishes is nauseating.

But then things improve with track 5 and it sounds very much like the old Tomita of lush synths and spacial ambience. Strangely, his performance of the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor is done with only an organ sound (well, it is an organ work). It's ok but there's nothing "Tomita" about it, it's just a mediocre performance of a well-know work with a boring organ sound.

There's not really a lot to recommend about this cd and since it's so hard to find you can skip it with without missing anything.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Marc Demol
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:10/19/1996