Label: Music & Arts – CD-1046. Bach-Godowsky: Suite No. 2 In D Minor For Violoncello Solo, BWV 1008.
This disc is part of a series of releases devoted to Godowsky by the Russian-trained and now Swiss-based pianist Konstantin Scherbakov. An exponent of the fiery Russian school, Scherbakov cut his eyeteeth with some well-regarded Rachmaninov and has won acclaim for his handling of the piano acrobatics of Godowsky, a Polish-American virtuoso of the early twentieth century who pushed the piano to its limits. Here he takes on the considerable challenge of Godowsky's transcriptions of Bach's solo cello suites, odd works whose difficulties are more interpretive than technical.
Godowsky fills in all the counterpoint. He described these works as versions of Bach 's suites "very freely transcribed and adapted for the pianoforte," and one might even go farther and call them fantasies based on the Bach solo cello suites. They hold to the essential melodic material and harmonic structure of Bach 's works, but texture, decoration, and the makeup of individual harmonies are all fair game .
Album · 2011 · 16 Songs. Bach - Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: III. Aria: Andante. Scarlatti: The Complete Keyboard Sonatas Vol. 2. 2011. Bach Cello Suite Transcriptions. Busoni: Works for Piano and Orchestra.
Very Freely Transcribed and Adapted for Piano by Leopold Godowsky: Suite No. 2 in D minor for violincello solo, BWV 1008 Suite No. 3 in C major for violincello solo, BWV 1009 Suite No. 5 in C minor for violincello solo, BWV 1011. These unusual transcriptions are sometimes very dramatic, approaching the style of Lizst, and at other times very much like Bach. Some of the movements are barely recognizable but are still remarkably beautiful. I enjoyed this and the violin sonatas disc very much, keeping in mind it is not meant to be a pure transcription. Purist fans of the original works may have some difficulty in appreciating this recording but I would expect piano fans to enjoy it. Carlo Grante is an extraordinary pianist, his performance is excellent. Acknowledgements: From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Bach-Godowsky: Suite for cello solo No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008, transcribed for piano Bach-Godowsky: Suite for cello solo No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009, transcribed for piano Bach-Godowsky: Suite for cello solo No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011, transcribed for piano. Carlo Grante (Piano). The list of recordings was compiled by Aryeh Oron (March 2007 - March 2010) Thanks to contributors: Philippe Koenig (March 2010). Carlo Grante: Short Biography Recordings of Instrumental Works.
Leopold Godowsky Composer. Piano Transcription from unspecified Bach sonata for violin Work. Ferruccio Busoni: Works for Piano and Orchestra. Naxos featured album.
Carlo Grante has earned worldwide acclaim for his previous Godowsky recordings. In particular, Vol. I in the Music & Arts series has been praised by Harold C. Schonberg in American Record Guide, by Jed Distler in International Piano Quarterly, and by numerous critics in Europe. and certainly, an artist one is avid to become more acquainted with. Vol. III in this series, scheduled to appear next spring, will include Godowsky's transcriptions of Bach's cello suites. Bach: Three sonatas for violin solo, very freely transcribed and adapted for pianoforte by Leopold Godowsky. Performed by Carlo Grante, piano. Sonata in G minor; Sonata 2 in B Minor; Sonata in A minor. DDD) Total time: 73:51 UPC 0-17685-10392-6.
Music and Arts Programs of America. Composer: Godowsky, Leopold. 2 in B minor, BWV 1002.
|Bach-Godowsky: Suite No. 2 In D Minor For Violoncello Solo, BWV 1008||(21:16)|
|1||Prelude. Andante Cantabile||4:05|
|2||Allemande. Allegro Moderato||1:58|
|3||Courante. Allegro Energico||1:41|
|4||Sarabande. Largo, Ma Non Troppo||6:19|
|5||Menuet I/II. Moderato||4:32|
|6||Gigue. Allegro Deciso||2:41|
|Bach-Godowsky: Suite No. 3 In C Major For Violoncello Solo, BWV 1009||(21:44)|
|7||Prelude. Allegro Maestoso||2:30|
|8||Allemande. Allegretto Scherzando||3:50|
|11||Bourée I/II. Allegro Moderato/L'istesso Tempo||3:51|
|12||Gigue. Vivace Giocoso||2:45|
|Bach-Godowsky: Suite No. 5 In C Minor For Violoncello Solo, BWV 1011||(27:35)|
|13||Prelude And Fugue. Grave/Allegretto Espressivo||7:14|
|14||Allemande. Maestoso, Largamente||8:29|
|17||Gavotte I/II. Allegretto Espressivo||3:38|
|18||Gigue. Andantino Espressivo||3:04|
- Composed By – Bach*
- Piano, Liner Notes – Carlo Grante
- Transcription By – Leopold Godowsky
NotesThe inlay card indicates ℗1998, while the CD itself has ℗1999 printed on. No mention of the sound engineer, recording venue, etc.
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- Barcode: 0 17685 10462 6