Bach - Musikalisches Opfer
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Cat No: BIS2151
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 1st December 2017
WorksGoldberg Canons, BWV1087
Goldberg Variations, BWV988
Trio Sonata in G major, BWV1038
ArtistsBach Collegium Japan
Bach’s published score gives no firm idea about a playing order for the pieces, and in most cases no instrument-ationis specified. Furthermore, some of the canons – the so-called ‘riddle canons’ – are very sketchily notated, with just a few notes and some enigmatic clues in Latin. The performers are thus left with an unusual degree of freedom when it comes to the interpretation of the work – a freedom which Masaaki Suzuki, with his colleagues from Bach Collegium Japan, is singularly well-placed to explore. Following the Offering on this disc is another collection of riddle canons by Bach: the ‘14 Canons on the Goldberg Ground’ which were discovered as late as 1974, in the form of a hand-written addendum to the composer’s own printed copy of the Goldberg Variations. The canons are all based on the first eight bass notes of the celebrated Aria from the Goldberg Variations, and are performed here as harpsichord solos, along with the Aria. The disc closes with another chamber work however – the Sonata in G major for flute, violin and basso continuo, BWV 1038.
Members of the Bach Collegium Japan:
- Kiyomi Suga (flute)
- Ryo Terakado (violin)
- Yukie Yamaguchi (violin/viola)
- Emmanuel Balssa (cello)
Masaaki Suzuki (harpsichord)
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