- Aria from the Suite #3 in D major (Bach/Prado) 5:52
- Awake, The Voice Commands (Bach/Busoni) 3:24
- I Call On Thee, Lord (Bach/Busoni) 3:16
- Organ Prelude in G minor (Bach/Siloti) 3:46
- Lord God, Open Up The Heavens (Bach/Busoni) 2:31
- Now Come The Savior Of The Heathen (Bach/Busoni) 5:11
- Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring (Bach/Hess) 3:37
- Chaconne in D minor (Bach/Busoni) 13:19
- Siciliano from the Sonata #2 for Flute and Continuo 3:45
- Prelude in B minor (Bach/Siloti) 3:11
- Organ Prelude in E minor (Bach/Siloti) 5:03
Newly recorded version
Newly recorded version
BWV 1031 (Bach/Kempff)
João Carlos Martins
Bach for Christmas
A CLASSIC WAY TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS
The celebration of Christmas, as we know it, has a very particular origin in North Germany. This ancient spiritual rite was meant to celebrate birth and rebirth at the darkest time of the year. Hope, new life and joy born out of darkness and despair is the message of the German Pietist religious traditions into which J.S. Bach was born and brought up and which influenced him throughout his musical life.
Brazilian pianist João Carlos Martins – whose passionate, highly personal approach to the music of J.S. Bach has brought him both ardent adulation and fierce criticism – here presents a collection of Christmas music composed by J.S. Bach, transcribed and arranged for the modern piano.
“Bach for Christmas” by pianist João Carlos Martins is another good choice for even a novice classical listener. Martins offers sensitive renditions of greatest-hits chorales like “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring” and “Wachet Auf.” There are also arrangements of the gorgeous Aria from the Suite No. 3 in G, the Chaconne in D minor, etc. Eloquent, and romantic in its own way.
Martins continues to astound with the individuality of his interpretations. In a potpourri of romanticized piano transcriptions–including Brazilian composer Almeida Pravo’s affectionate arrangement of the Aria from the Suite in D, for orchestra, BWV 1068
–Martins imbues his work with clarity of voicing, sensuality and a spirit that’s closer to that of Horowitz and Rubinstein than to the younger, more stylistically strict crowd.
Los Angeles Times
Here is the joy of serene reflection.
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