J.S. Bach: Complete Keyboard Edition, Vol. 2.1 Benjamin Alard
- Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 - 1707):
- 1Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein, BuxWV 21014:31
- Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750):
- 2Herr Christ, der einig Gottes Sohn, BWV Anh. 5502:22
- 3Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 73904:50
- Johann Pachelbel (1653 - 1706):
- 4Fuge in B Minor, P. 14102:46
- Johann Sebastian Bach:
- 5Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder, BWV 742: Poco adagio02:11
- 6Fuge über ein Thema von Arcangelo Corelli, BWV 57905:24
- 7Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 71804:57
- 8Fuge in G Major, BWV 57703:43
- 9O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV 76716:07
- 10Präludium und Fuge in E Major, BWV 56610:44
- 11Toccata in D Major, BWV 912a12:22
- 12Jesu, meines Lebens Leben, BWV 110701:44
- Johann Pachelbel:
- 13Kyrie Gott Vater in Ewigkeit02:44
- 14Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier, BWV 75403:24
- 15Fantasia super Valet will ich dir geben, BWV 735a03:42
- 16Fuge in G Minor, BWV 57803:39
- 17Fuge über ein Thema von Giovanni Legrenzi in C Minor, BWV 574b06:17
- 18Fuge in C Minor, BWV 57504:16
- Johann Adam Reincken (1623 - 1722):
- 19An Wasserflüssen Babylon18:42
- 20Präludium in A Minor, BWV 56905:19
- 21Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 72003:14
- 22Präludium und Fuge in D Major, BWV 532a09:52
Info for J.S. Bach: Complete Keyboard Edition, Vol. 2.1
In this second instalment of the complete keyboard works, Benjamin Alard demonstrates with splendid eloquence how invaluable the young Bach’s north German experience proved to be; his attentive examination of the works of the great organ masters and his craving for all kinds of music significantly broadened the stylistic foundations of his keyboard writing. The wide range of works presented here, complemented by pieces by Buxtehude, Reinken and Pachelbel, illustrates in exemplary fashion the power of a master in the making.
Benjamin Alard, paino
Benjamin’s principal passion has always been the music of J.S. Bach and it was for his interpretation of this great composer that he was awarded first prize in the 2004 International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges.
While still quite young he began studying music in his hometown in Dieppe, France. He was soon drawn to the organ and entered the Conservatory of Rouen where he studied with Louis Thiry and François Ménissier.
He was first introduced to the harpsichord by Elizabeth Joyé, with whom he studied in Paris before going on, in 2003, to the Schola Cantorum in Basel to work with Jorg-Andreas Botticher, Jean-Claude Zehnder and Andrea Marcon.
Since 2005 he has been organist of the Bernard-Aubertin organ in the church of Saint-Louis-en-l’Ile where each season he gives concerts about the music of Bach.
Today Benjamin Alard divides his time between performing recitals and chamber music on both the harpsichord and organ. He often performs repertoire for two harpsichords, in duo with the violinist Francois Fernandez and in various formations with the brothers Barthold, Sigiswald and Wieland Kuijken. He is regularly invited to perform as soloist in music series in Europe, Japan and North America.
Since 2005 he has been a member of La Petite Bande, an ensemble founded in 1973 by Gustav Leonhardt and Sigiswald Kuijken, often, in the last few years, conducting the group from the harpsichord.
Benjamin Alard has recorded for the label Hortus and has made several recordings of works by J. S. Bach for Alpha. His recordings have consistently received high praise from the press and have been awarded multiple prizes.
He will now devote himself to the complete works for harpsichord and organ solo of Johann Sebastian Bach for harmonia mundi. The first box will be released in Spring 2018.