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Bach/D'Albert: Piano Transcriptions

Bach/D'Albert: Piano Transcriptions
Composer Eugen D''Albert, Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist Emanuele Delucchi piano
Format 1 CD
Cat. number PCL10139
EAN code 5029365101394
Release February 2018

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About this release

Eugen d’Albert (1864‐1932) was a German pianist and composer, one of Liszt’s foremost pupils, his 1913 recording of the Liszt Sonata is legendary. As a pianist he was on a par with giants like Busoni and Tausig, as a composer he wrote piano and chamber music, symphonies and 21 operas. His transcriptions of Bach organ work date back to his apprenticeship under Franz Liszt. Like his teacher and idol d’Albert kept meticulously faithful to the score, which make the performance often highly demanding
for the (poor) two‐handed pianist, who has to master the two hands plus pedal of the original organ writing. Included are famous Preludes and Fugues and Toccatas and Fugues, culminating in a mighty rendering of the colossal Passacaglia in C minor. Italian pianist Emanuele Delucchi has the technique and style to master these transcriptions. He made a name with his recordings for Piano Classics of the insanely difficult Chopin Studies by Godowsky, played on a 1906 Steinway D, of which the Gramophone wrote: “ Its palette of warm colours remained intact but gained a more incisive attack, allowing Delucchi’s voicing and extraordinary digital facility to be heard at its best…

Delucchi is in a class of his own”, Jed Distler of Classicstoday.com wrote: “9/9: every inch a viable contender to the reference versions”.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532: I. Prelude
  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532: II. Fugue
  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 537: I. Fantasia
  4. Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 537: II. Fugue
  5. Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541: I. Prelude
  6. Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV 541: II. Fugue
  7. Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in F Major, BWV 540: I. Toccata
  8. Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in F Major, BWV 540: II. Fugue
  9. Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in A Major, BWV 536: I. Prelude
  10. Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in A Major, BWV 536: II. Fugue
  11. Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in F Minor, BWV 534: I. Prelude
  12. Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in F Minor, BWV 534: II. Fugue
  13. Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and fugue in D Minor, “Dorian” BWV 538: I. Toccata
  14. Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and fugue in D Minor, “Dorian” BWV 538: II. Fugue
  15. Johann Sebastian Bach: Passacaglia in C Minor, BWV 582