J S Bach - Partitas Nos 2 & 6, Toccata BWV911 | Erato 0709442

J S Bach - Partitas Nos 2 & 6, Toccata BWV911


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Label: Erato

Cat No: 0709442

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 14th January 2013



David Fray, described as “perhaps the most inspired, certainly the most original Bach-player of his generation” (Spiegel), launched his Virgin Classics career with J S Bach and this is his third album to feature the composer’s keyboard music.

With this recital, David Fray returns to Bach, who featured on his first Virgin Classics release some five years ago, when the Partita No.4 and one of the French suites were programmed in illuminating (and prizewinning) fashion with pieces by Pierre Boulez. The recital was followed by a recording devoted entirely to Bach: keyboard concertos with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

We shouldn’t be afraid of acknowledging the expressiveness of Bach’s music”, says Fray, “the Romantics don’t have a monopoly on expressivity!”. The German news magazine Spiegel observed that “he discovers more psychological depth, more well-rounded stories and more refined emotions than his colleagues”.

It’s much more interesting to study Bach’s approach to the orchestra in the Magnificat or the Christmas Oratorio than to read books on how to play Bach on the piano,” continues Fray, “I try to make music like a conductor, not just as a pianist ... The piano constitutes a way of getting nearer the heart of the music. How do you balance the voices? How do you find a progression in a movement? How do you put the polyphony in place?

Gramophone has spoken of Fray’s “unselfregarding mastery and musical maturity” and the “intimate, poetic spell” cast by his Bach with its “gorgeous tone and ravishingly shaded trills”, while The New York Times has praised his “articulate touch, splendid command of shadings and nimble finger work”.

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