- Fantasia 1:23
- Fugue 5:30
- Fantasia 5:03
- Fugue 4:15
- Fantasia “duobus subiectis” in G minor BWV 917 3:18
- Fantasia in C minor, BWV 919 1:08
- Fantasia on a Rondo, BWV 918 4:52
- Fantasia in A minor, BWV 922 9:22
- Prelude 5:30
- Fugue 4:40
- Fugue in C major, BWV 952 1:33
- Fugue in C major, BWV 953 1:38
- Prelude 1:55
- Fughetta 1:48
- Prelude 1:29
- Fughetta 3:57
- Prelude 1:15
- Fugue 2:29
- Fughetta in C minor, BWV 961 1:49
Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, BWV 944
Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, BWV 904
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 894
Prelude and Fughetta in D minor, BWV 899
Prelude and Fughetta in E minor, BWV 900
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 895
João Carlos Martins / Bach
Fantasias, Preludes and Fughettas
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.
This final release in João Carlos Martins’s remarkable series of recordings for Labor Records of the complete keyboard works of Bach, includes solo keyboard works written in conjunction with Bach’s public performances and extensive teaching. These include a series of brilliant Fantasias, Preludes, Fugues and Fughettas, many of them little known. Several of these works were intended to prepare Bach’s pupils (which included his famous sons) for the rigors of the Well-Tempered Clavier. These works are therefore in a similar but more accessible style and, as evoked here by Martins in his unique performance manner, they will catch the attention of lovers and students of Bach’s vast keyboard output. As with all the previous recordings, Vol. 15 of Martins Plays Bach is produced by Heiner Stadler.
Provided you have a liberal attitude to Bach style, you can hardly fail to be both impressed and moved by the power and burning conviction of Martins’s playing.
–BBC Music Magazine
The best part about Vol. 15 is the unusual repertoire. Several of the pieces are described as of “doubtful” authorship in the New Grove. Even if the pieces are spurious, they fascinate, and Martins is a powerful advocate for them. His performance of the Fantasia in A minor is the high point. He begins with whip-cracking, lightning speed in the opening toccata. The following sections–both based on obsessively repeated rhythmic figures–have very imaginative pacing. The first, soft and hypnotic, builds to an impressive climax. For the second, more lyric section, Martins indulges in generous rubato at all the cadenzas. The movement is usually played in a more upbeat way by harpsichordists, but this approach is better, because it makes the wayward, poignant harmonies much more sensible.
–American Record Guide
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