Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 4 "Alla Veneziana" Benjamin Alard

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Album-Release:
2020

HRA-Release:
15.01.2021

Label: Harmonia Mundi

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Instrumental

Artist: Benjamin Alard

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)

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  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750):
  • 1Concerto in G Major, BWV 973: I. [no indication]02:13
  • 2Concerto in G Major, BWV 973: II. Largo01:57
  • 3Concerto in G Major, BWV 973: III. Allegro02:28
  • 4Concerto in G Minor, BWV 975: I. [no indication]03:10
  • 5Concerto in G Minor, BWV 975: II. Largo03:10
  • 6Concerto in G Minor, BWV 975: III. Giga Presto02:08
  • 7Concerto in B Minor, BWV 979: I. Allegro01:16
  • 8Concerto in B Minor, BWV 979: II. Adagio00:40
  • 9Concerto in B Minor, BWV 979: III. Allegro03:20
  • 10Concerto in B Minor, BWV 979: IV. Andante01:09
  • 11Concerto in B Minor, BWV 979: V. Adagio00:46
  • 12Concerto in B Minor, BWV 979: VI. Allegro03:46
  • 13Concerto in D Major, BWV 972: I. [no indication]02:07
  • 14Concerto in D Major, BWV 972: II. Larghetto03:05
  • 15Concerto in D Major, BWV 972: III. Allegro02:17
  • 16Fantasia and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 94408:01
  • 17Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974: I. [no indication]03:07
  • 18Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974: II. Adagio03:25
  • 19Concerto in D Minor, BWV 974: III. Presto03:50
  • 20Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 894: I. Prelude05:51
  • 21Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 894: II. Fugue04:41
  • 22Concerto in G Major, BWV 980: I. [no indication]03:59
  • 23Concerto in G Major, BWV 980: II. Largo03:07
  • 24Concerto in G Major, BWV 980: III. Allegro04:08
  • 25Organ Concerto in A Minor, BWV 593: I. [Allegro]03:52
  • 26Organ Concerto in A Minor, BWV 593: II. Adagio03:41
  • 27Organ Concerto in A Minor, BWV 593: III. Allegro03:55
  • 28Concerto in F Major, BWV 978: I. Allegro02:23
  • 29Concerto in F Major, BWV 978: II. Largo01:29
  • 30Concerto in F Major, BWV 978: III. Allegro02:38
  • 31Organ Concerto in D Minor, BWV 596: I. [Allegro]00:54
  • 32Organ Concerto in D Minor, BWV 596: II. Grave00:17
  • 33Organ Concerto in D Minor, BWV 596: III. Fuga03:10
  • 34Organ Concerto in D Minor, BWV 596: IV. Largo e spiccato02:39
  • 35Organ Concerto in D Minor, BWV 596: V. [no indication]03:10
  • 36Concerto in C Major, BWV 976: I. [no indication]04:06
  • 37Concerto in C Major, BWV 976: II. Largo03:11
  • 38Concerto in C Major, BWV 976: III. Allegro03:12
  • 39Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 53507:01
  • 40Organ Concerto in G Major, BWV 592: I. [Adagio]03:13
  • 41Organ Concerto in G Major, BWV 592: II. Grave02:01
  • 42Organ Concerto in G Major, BWV 592: III. Presto01:57
  • 43Fantasie and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542/2 (excerpt): II. Fugue06:12
  • 44Organ Concerto in C Major, BWV 594: I. [Allegro]07:15
  • 45Organ Concerto in C Major, BWV 594: II. Recitativ. Adagio03:35
  • 46Organ Concerto in C Major, BWV 594: III. Allegro08:47
  • 47"Wo soll ich fliehen hin", BWV 69403:17
  • 48Trio for organ in D Minor, BWV 58305:00
  • 49"Valet will ich dir geben", BWV 73604:08
  • 50Trio super "Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr", BWV 66405:37
  • 51"Wir glauben all an einen Gott" BWV-Anh. 6903:07
  • 52"Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her" BWV-Anh. 6501:16
  • 53"Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele" BWV-Anh. 5203:32
  • 54"Jesu, meine Freude" BWV-Anh. 5803:09
  • 55Toccata in C Major, BWV 564: I. Toccata05:41
  • 56Toccata in C Major, BWV 564: II. Adagio04:42
  • 57Toccata in C Major, BWV 564: III. Fugue05:07
  • Total Runtime03:16:55

Info for Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 4 "Alla Veneziana"



With this volume 4 in a complete recording of Bach’s keyboard works whose ingenuity has been underlined by every reviewer (e.g. Gramophone, July 2020), Benjamin Alard continues to explore the Weimar period, known as that of his ‘early mastery’. After À la française, we turn to Italy, where the Vivaldian concerto reigned in Venice. The young Bach created here a wonderful space of freedom between the transcriber and the improviser. For ‘if transcription is a matter of freedom, it is also a matter of powerful imagination: each piece on this recording transports us into a Venetian universe that fascinated Bach as much as it inspired him’, as Benjamin Alard demonstrates on three exceptional instruments.

Benjamin Alard, harpsichord, organ



Benjamin Alard
Benjamin’s principal passion has always been the music of J.S. Bach and it was for his interpretation of this great composer that he was awarded first prize in the 2004 International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges.

While still quite young he began studying music in his hometown in Dieppe, France. He was soon drawn to the organ and entered the Conservatory of Rouen where he studied with Louis Thiry and François Ménissier.

He was first introduced to the harpsichord by Elizabeth Joyé, with whom he studied in Paris before going on, in 2003, to the Schola Cantorum in Basel to work with Jorg-Andreas Botticher, Jean-Claude Zehnder and Andrea Marcon.

Since 2005 he has been organist of the Bernard-Aubertin organ in the church of Saint-Louis-en-l’Ile where each season he gives concerts about the music of Bach.

Today Benjamin Alard divides his time between performing recitals and chamber music on both the harpsichord and organ. He often performs repertoire for two harpsichords, in duo with the violinist Francois Fernandez and in various formations with the brothers Barthold, Sigiswald and Wieland Kuijken. He is regularly invited to perform as soloist in music series in Europe, Japan and North America.

Since 2005 he has been a member of La Petite Bande, an ensemble founded in 1973 by Gustav Leonhardt and Sigiswald Kuijken, often, in the last few years, conducting the group from the harpsichord.

Benjamin Alard has recorded for the label Hortus and has made several recordings of works by J. S. Bach for Alpha. His recordings have consistently received high praise from the press and have been awarded multiple prizes.

He will now devote himself to the complete works for harpsichord and organ solo of Johann Sebastian Bach for harmonia mundi. The first box will be released in Spring 2018.

Booklet for Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Works for Keyboard, Vol. 4 "Alla Veneziana"

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