BACH 732

J.S. BACH:
Lesser-known Harpsichord Works

Gunnar Johansen,
Sperrhake harpsichord.


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1.   Prelude in a minor Bass Passus
2.   Prelude & Fugue in a minor BWV 897
3.   Fugue in A Major BWV 949 (Weimar c1709)
4.   Fugato in e minor BWV 962
5.   Fugue in e minor BWV 956
6.   Fugue in a minor BWV 958 (Weimar c1709)
7.   Prelude & Fugue in a minor BWV 895 (Cöthen c1720)
8.   Fugue in B-flat Major BWV 954 (from Jan Adam Reinken c1720
9.   Fantasia & Fugue in d minor BWV 905
10.  Fugue in a minor BWV 947 (Weimar c1709)
11.  Fugue in A Major BWV 950 (on a Theme from Tomaso Albinoni c1709)
12.  Prelude (Fantasia) in c minor BWV 921 (Weimar c1710
13.  Fughetta in C Major BWV 872a (Book II, "48" Preludes & Fugues)
14.  Fugue in a minor BWV 944 (Cöthen c1720 Later used in Organ Fugue 543)
15.  Sonata in D Major BWV 963 (Arnstadt 1704)
16.  Fugue in B-flat Major BWV 955 (Arnstadt 1703-7 from Joh Chr Erselius)
17.  Fantasia in g minor BWV 920
18.  Concerto & Fuga in c minor BWV 909 (Weimar 1703?)

Total time 77:34

Lesser-known they may be, but certainly fully worthy of a hearing and addition to any Bach collection. Gunnar Johansen plays his splendid Sperrhake harpsichord with gusto where a dramatic piece demands, and with sensitivity on the quieter preludes or fugues. He recorded Bach's complete clavier works in his own time in his own studio, making for very relaxed performances.

There is much pleasure to be had in the discovery of all these wonderful pieces, and their quality is such that they can be heard over and over again. Mostly early works, they benefit from a youthful vigor and energy.

As Artist in Residence at Wisconsin University, Gunnar Johansen made several recorded LP sets including the complete works of Busoni, and of Bach, recorded by himself using professional equipment in his own home studio where he had a harpsichord, clavichord, spinet, and a double-keyboard piano.

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