J.S. Bach: Toccatas, BWV 910-916 Masaaki Suzuki

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Album-Release:
2020

HRA-Release:
06.03.2020

Label: BIS

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Instrumental

Artist: Masaaki Suzuki

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)

Album including Album cover Booklet (PDF)

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  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750): Toccata in G Minor, BWV 915:
  • 1Toccata in G Minor, BWV 915: Adagio01:14
  • 2Toccata in G Minor, BWV 915: Allegro - Adagio03:40
  • 3Toccata in G Minor, BWV 915: Fuga04:48
  • Toccata in D Minor, BWV 913 (Second Version):
  • 4Toccata in D Minor, BWV 913 (Second Version): Toccata02:21
  • 5Toccata in D Minor, BWV 913 (Second Version): Fuga03:24
  • 6Toccata in D Minor, BWV 913 (Second Version): Adagio02:37
  • 7Toccata in D Minor, BWV 913 (Second Version): Allegro04:07
  • Toccata in G Major, BWV 916:
  • 8Toccata in G Major, BWV 916: Toccata02:11
  • 9Toccata in G Major, BWV 916: Adagio02:51
  • 10Toccata in G Major, BWV 916: Allegro e presto02:53
  • Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911:
  • 11Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911: Toccata - Adagio02:59
  • 12Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911: Allegro07:02
  • Toccata in E Minor, BWV 914:
  • 13Toccata in E Minor, BWV 914: Toccata - Un poco allegro01:59
  • 14Toccata in E Minor, BWV 914: Adagio01:53
  • 15Toccata in E Minor, BWV 914: Fuga á 303:06
  • Toccata in D Major, BWV 912 (Second Version):
  • 16Toccata in D Major, BWV 912 (Second Version): Toccata - Allegro02:45
  • 17Toccata in D Major, BWV 912 (Second Version): Adagio05:11
  • 18Toccata in D Major, BWV 912 (Second Version): Fuga02:54
  • Toccata in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 910:
  • 19Toccata in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 910: Toccata02:33
  • 20Toccata in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 910: Presto e staccato02:30
  • 21Toccata in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 910: Tocatta02:15
  • 22Toccata in F-Sharp Minor, BWV 910: Fuga02:18
  • Total Runtime01:07:31

Info for J.S. Bach: Toccatas, BWV 910-916



Very little is known about the origin of J. S. Bach’s seven Toccatas (BWV?910–916) or of their use. They are believed to have been written before 1717 or the end of Bach’s Weimar period – but it is quite possible that at least some of them were drafted before he arrived there in 1707, at the age of 22. The Toccatas are usually performed on harpsichord or piano – but even though they are ‘manualiter’ (intended to be played by the hands only) and do not call for pedal parts, they are also occasionally heard on the organ. In terms of style they are examples of the so-called stylus phantasticus – ‘the most free and unfettered method of composition’ – and belong to the North German organ tradition of the late 17th century. Each piece consists of several distinct and contrasting sections, interweaving strict counterpoint and fugal passages with freely rhapsodic material, and as such the toccatas differ from the two-movement prelude-and-fugue format which Bach later would put his own, indelible stamp on. With this disc, Masaaki Suzuki takes on some of the earliest of Bach’s extant harpsichord compositions, after having released acclaimed recordings of a wide range of later works, from the two-part Inventions to the two books of the Well-Tempered Clavier. However, he also brings his experience in performing the music of Bach’s North German predecessors to bear, for instance Buxtehude (BIS-1809) and Nicolaus Bruhns.

Masaaki Suzuki, harpsichord



Masaaki Suzuki
Since founding Bach Collegium Japan in 1990, Masaaki Suzuki has established himself as a leading authority on the works of Bach. He has remained the music director of the BCJ ever since, taking it regularly to major venues and festivals in Europe and the USA. In addition to working with renowned period ensembles, including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Philharmonia Baroque, he conducts orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in repertoire ranging from Mendelssohn to Stravinsky. Suzuki’s impressive

discography on the BIS label, featuring Bach’s choral works as well as harpsichord and organ recitals, has brought him many critical plaudits – The Times (UK) has written: ‘it would take an iron bar not to be moved by his crispness, sobriety and spiritual vigour’. With the BCJ he is now extending the ensemble’s repertoire with recordings of Mozart’s Requiem and Mass in C minor and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.

Born in Kobe, Masaaki Suzuki graduated from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music and went on to study harpsichord and organ at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam under Ton Koopman and Piet Kee. Founder and professor emeritus of the early music department at the Tokyo University of the Arts, he was on the faculty at the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music from 2009 until 2013, and remains affiliated as the principal guest conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum.

Booklet for J.S. Bach: Toccatas, BWV 910-916

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