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JESU, JOY OF MAN'S DESIRING: FAVORITE PIANO TRANSCRIPTIONS (BACH, HANDEL, GLUCK) - WILHELM KEMPFF

JESU, JOY OF MAN'S DESIRING: FAVORITE PIANO TRANSCRIPTIONS (BACH, HANDEL, GLUCK) - WILHELM KEMPFF

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Pianist Wilhelm Kempff recorded very little Bach and it's a shame given how beautifully he articulates many of the composers' most famous melodies here. As if filtered through a romantic sensibility, Kempff downplays the Baroque dance element in favor of a more contemplative approach where underlying textures and rhythms are beautifully brought to the fore. Rarely has the power of Bach been so imaginatively and uniquely revealed!

Kempff's 80-year-old fingers weave his Gluck and Handel transcriptions into dulcet, lyrical gold... this miraculous recording. --CLASSICS TODAY

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH/WILHELM KEMPFF
Ten Chorale Preludes:
Chorale-Prelude ‘Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland’, BWV 659
Chorale-Prelude ‘Es ist gewisslich an der Zeit’ (BWV 307 & 734)
Flute Sonata No. 2, BWV 1031:’Sicilienne’
Organ Chorale: Prelude, ‘Befiehl du deine Wege’, BWV 727
Cantata, BWV 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben: ‘Jesu, joy of man’s desiring’
Chorale-Prelude, ‘In dulci jubilo’, BWV 75
Cantata, ‘Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir’, BWV 29: Sinfonia
Chorale-Prelude, ‘Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme’ from Schubler Chorales, BWV 140
Harpsichord Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056: Largo
Chorale-Prelude, ‘Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ’, BWV 639

GEORGE FREDERIC HANDEL
Keyboard Suite in B flat major, HWV 434: No. 1, Minuet in G minor

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH
English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808
French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816

CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK
Ballet Music from ‘Orfeo ed Euridice’:
Orpheus’ Lament
Dance of the Blessed Spirits

Wilhelm Kempff, piano

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