- Toccata in F minor, BWV 910 9:51
- Toccata in D major, BWV 912 12:13
- [Moderato. Allegro] 3:46
- Entrée 2:34
- Menuet 0:59
- Trio 1:02
- Bourrée 0:42
- Tema 1:55
- Variations I to X 11:32 2:05
- Adagio in G major, BWV 918 3:46 2:13
- Duetto I in E minor 2:10
- Duetto II in F major 3:13
- Duetto III in G major 2:15
- Duetto IV in A minor 2:27
- [Andante] 1:34
- Adagiosissimo 2:38
- [Un poco largo] 1:05
- Allegro poco Aria del Postiglione 1:09
- Fuga all’imitatione della posta 2:44
Ouverture in F major, BWV 820
Aria variata alla maniera italiana, BWV 989
4 Duetti, BWV 802-805
Capriccio, BWV 992
sopra la lontananza del fratello dilettissimo
João Carlos Martins / Bach
Labor Records is proud to announce the digital release of Toccatas; Overture in F major; Aria Variata in A minor; Capriccio in Bb major; Four Duetti, the fourteenth installment of The Complete Keyboard Works of J.S. Bach, a collection comprising 15 volumes/19 CDs. This monumental edition features the celebrated Brazilian pianist João Carlos Martins, a legend among Bachophiles.
The most memorable performance is the Capriccio, where Martins has a beautiful, singing tone in the slow movements and incisive, vivacious character in the fast ones. His toccatas are also very fine. In the F-sharp Minor, I love the occasional added bass octaves in the opening flourish; the Adagio that follows is slow – very slow, stripped of all ornaments, very atmospheric. In the first Allegro from the D-major work, Martins has a light, sly sense of humor that’s just right; the final fugue is joyous and full of risk-taking.
– American Record Guide
Authentic instruments may be the cat’s meow in Baroque circles, but Bach would have loved the modern piano. Martins removes any doubt with these crisp, authoritative performances: His touch is often crisp and brilliant, but in passages that need softer colors, he shows his sensitivity. This most recent CD (and its follow-up, Vol. 15), devoted to an assortment of lesser works, complete a monumental cycle. After hearing it, I’m going to search out the earlier releases.
– Jim Aikin / Keyboard Magazine
He caresses where appropriate and shifts to blazing, controlled virtuosity the next moment. True, his playing is very personalized, but it remains carefully within tasteful bounds, exhibiting extraordinary technical brilliance and tonal beauty that is crystalline.
– Houston Chronicle
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