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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)

"In zijn uitvoering valt in de eerste plaats op dat hij de noten volkomen in hun waarde laat. ... De structuur van de werken is zo helder als glas, het ritmische fundament, met name in de fuga's, staat als een huis, en de tempi zijn altijd zo gekozen dat het verloop van het betoog beantwoord aan retorische logica. ... Dit is nu eens een zo'n klavecimbel-cd waarnaar je uren achtereen kunt luisteren. (Siebe Riedstra op opusklassiek.nl)

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