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ALL AROUND BACH- Stepan Simonian

ALL AROUND BACH- Stepan Simonian

“Arrangements, paraphrases, copies – in the music world, these are just a few of the terms that designate the same genre, which has probably existed as long as art itself. What is an arrangement? Is it more or less a copy of the original, or is it an independent work in its own right? How far can the arranger stray from the original? Who is the main author: the composer or the arranger? Even from a legal point of view, this subject is so complex that no clear answer has yet been found. Throughout his life, Bach often arranged works by other composers and continually rearranged his own. This was something he found natural, and in his day and age it was nothing unusual. In the case of a great number of his works for keyboard, we are not sure whether they were intended for harpsichord, organ, or even clavichord. I have always found this subject of great importance: as a pianist, if one chooses the modern grand as the medium for these pieces, one is performing Bach exclusively in “arrangement” form. In this context I decided to examine the creative interrelations among works by several composers separated by time and space: from Vivaldi to Busoni, from Bach to Franck and Liszt, in order to conceive a programme for this CD with the figure and the oeuvre of Bach as connecting element: “All Around Bach”........

(booklet notes by Stepan Simonian)


JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) Concerto for Piano solo in B Minor, BWV 979 after Violin Concerto in D Minor, of Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) RV 813 1 I (Adagio) – Allegro 2 II Adagio 3 III Allegro (Grave) 4 IV Andante 5 V Adagio 6 VI Allegro 2:58 Italian Concerto in F Major for Piano solo BWV 971 (from: Klavierübung Part II) 7 I (Allegro) 8 II Andante 9 III Presto 10 Aus/from: 10 Choralvorspiele / Chorale Preludes BV arr. by Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924) for Piano No. 9: In dir ist Freude, BWV 665 Phantasy and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542 / S. 463 arr. by Ferenc Liszt (1811-1886), for Piano solo 11 Fantasie / Phantasy 12 Fuge / Fugue 13 from: 10 Chorale Preludes BV B27arr. by Ferruccio Busoni for Piano No. 4: Nun freut Euch, lieben Christen g‘mein ..., BWV 734

FERENC LISZT (1811-1886) 14 Fantasie und Fuge / Phantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H, S. 529/2 JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH 15 Aus 10 Choralvorspiele BV B27 arr. by Ferruccio Busoni for Piano solo No. 10: Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, BWV 615 CÉSAR FRANCK (1822-1890) 16 Prélude, Fugue et Variation, Op. 18* arr. for Saxophone and Piano, arr. by Asya Fateyeva and Stepan Simonian with Asya Fateyeva, Saxophone

Label: CAvi, 85530267 Release: October 16, 2020

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