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A Bouquet Of Bach / Andrew Rangell

Release Date: 02/07/2020
Label: Steinway & Sons Catalog #: 30126
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach Performer:  Andrew Rangell Number of Discs: 1

The present recording, a continuation of Rangell’s long and loving exploration of Bach, is also something of a counterpart to his 2017 release, A Bouquet of Beethoven.

R E V I E W S:

There are few musical pleasures greater than listening to Bach’s keyboard music played on the modern piano, and there are very few pianistic exponents of that repertoire more consistently impressive than Andrew Rangell. These two releases, [See Bach: English Suites / Andrew Rangell] issued one month apart, offer a scholarly take on one of the monuments of baroque keyboard composition and a more personal compilation of smaller works presented both in their original forms and in transcription. Rangell’s take on the six-part English
Read more Suites is simply magnificent; listen in particular to the delicacy and delight he shows in rendering the second menuet section of suite number 4; this is the kind of thing Rangell was born to do. The Bouquet of Bach collection is a bit quirkier, but every bit as lovely; the two- and three-part inventions nestle among brief selections from some of Bach’s notebooks, Egon Petri transcriptions of cantata arias, and other miscellany. Where some pianists temper what can sometimes feel like rhythmic relentlessness in Bach’s fugal compositions by means of rubato, Rangell does the same with dynamics–tenderly and tastefully executed, but with full artistic confidence. Highly recommended to all libraries.

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