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Romantic Bach - From Intimate To Epic

Jayson Gillham
CD  |  Classical  |  02 Nov 2018
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Jayson Gillham Romantic Bach - From Intimate To Epic CD

 

 

 

Featuring 11 of Bach's compositions transcribed and arranged, from Rachmaninoff's arrangement of the Violin Partita in E major into a pianistic showpiece, to Myra Hess's sublime ‘Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring', Jayson Gillham's latest release is a love letter to Bach from a who's who of the great pianists and pianist-composers – Rachmaninoff, Percy Grainger, Hess, Busoni, Siloti and Petri.

"The thing about Bach," says Jayson, "is that it works so well on whatever instrument combination you put it on. It's something to do with the way Bach thinks, and the way he writes the music – the content is more important than the timbre of the instrument that it's played on. And so it's really effective on all instruments – particularly the piano."

Born 333 years ago in Germany, Bach remains arguably the most important musician in the Western musical tradition. Nowhere does his outsized brilliance shine through more brightly than in his keyboard works, and the influence that they have had on centuries of composers and musicians. This celebrated repertoire allows the full extent of Jayson's artistry to shine through, revealing the profound depth of his musicality, and a mind constantly interrogating his performance, his instrument, and the music.

Born and brought up in rural Queensland, Jayson Gillham travelled for hours to piano lessons in Brisbane, before shooting to fame in a number of prestigious international competitions. He is now recognised as one of the finest pianists of his generation, performing across the globe with the world's most prestigious orchestras, venues and festivals. 

ABC Classics signed Jayson for a three-album deal, and his debut record, an all-solo offering surveying music by Bach, Schubert and Chopin, reached No. 1 in the ARIA Charts on release. 

Soon afterwards the great pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy, conducting the Sydney Symphony, chose to make his first-ever recording of a Beethoven concerto with Jayson Gillham at the keyboard. Jayson's Medtner and Rachmaninoff album, recorded in 2017 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Benjamin Northey, received unanimous praise and was Recording of the Month in Limelight magazine.

DETAILS

Title: Romantic Bach - From Intimate To Epic

Format: CD

Release Date: 02 Nov 2018

Artist: Jayson Gillham

Sku: 2403685

Catalogue No: 4817686

Category: Classical

TRACKS

DISC 1

1. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - Fugue in E major, BWV878 from The Well-Tempered Clavier, arr. Percy Grainger Suite from Violin Partita in E major, BWV1006, transcr. Sergei Rachmaninoff

2. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - I. Prelude

3. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - II. Gavotte

4. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - III. Gigue Fantasia and Fugue in A minor, BWV904

5. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - I. Fantasia

6. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - II. Fugue

7. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - Sheep May Safely Graze from Cantata BWV208, arr. Egon Petri Capriccio on the Departure of His Beloved Brother, BWV992

8. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - I. Arioso: Adagio

9. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - II. [Andante]

10. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - III. Adagiosissimo

11. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - IV. [Andante con moto]

12. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - V. Aria del Postiglione: Allegro poco

13. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - VI. Fuga all'imitatione della posta

14. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - Siciliano from Flute Sonata No. 2 in E-flat major, BWV1031, arr. Wilhelm Kempff

15. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring from Cantata BWV147, arr. Myra Hess

16. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g'mein, BWV734a, arr. Ferruccio Busoni

17. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - Chaconne from Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004, arr. Ferruccio Busoni

18. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH - Organ Prelude in E minor, BWV555, transcr. Alexander Siloti

19. PERCY GRAINGER 18821961 - Blithe Bells: A free ramble on JS Bach's 'Sheep May Safely Graze'


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