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JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - SEVEN TOCCATAS FOR HARPSICHORD

Vivaldi Concerti Pieter Dirksen, harpsichord
Etcetera KTC 1722 (May 2021)


Contents:

[1] Toccata in F# minor BWV 910 [Moon] - 11'32

[2] Toccata in E minor BWV 914 [Mercury] - 7'36

[3] Toccata in G BWV 916 [Venus] - 8'16

[4] Toccata in D minor BWV 913 [Sun] - 12'40

[5] Toccata in D BWV 912 [Mars] - 10'55

[6] Toccata in C minor BWV 911 [Jupiter] - 11'05

[7] Toccata in G minor BWV 915 [Saturn] - 9'50

total timing: 72:00


The sequel of seven Toccatas for Harpsichord BWV 910-916 has always presented something of an enigma in his oeuvre: old-fashioned in its use of multisection forms yet full of dramatic contrasts and unabashed virtuosity. However, Pieter Dirksen has found a new approach to these pieces. He discovered that one of them, the Toccata in f# minor BWV 910, actually forms a tombeau on the death of Bach’s mentor Dietrich Buxtehude. What is more, the sequel as a whole seems to depict the nature of the seven planets of the by then already old-fashioned, Ptolemaic planetary order: Moon, Mercury, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn. Bach not only paid a final tribute in these works to an archaic genre (the toccata), an older music tradition as well as to its supreme master, Buxtehude, but at the same time to a world view that was quickly losing ground as the "Enlightenment" of the eighteenth century started spreading its wings. These youthful, exuberant masterpieces can thus be heard from a completely new perspective.

From the Reviews:

"Zoals altijd zijn Dirksens uitvoeringen én toelichtingen van hoge kwaliteit. Hij speelt deze muziek virtuoos, sprankelend en meeslepend."
(Thomas op de Coul op Muziekweb.nl)

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