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Johann Sebastian Bach  
Clavierübung I: Six Partitas, BWV 825 - 830  
Peter Watchorn (harpsichord)  
Bach’s six Partitas, BWV 825-830, formed the composer’s first published opus, the initial installment of a massive four-volume compendium called Clavier Übung (roughly: Current Keyboard Practices). They are the culmination of Bach’s three major harpsichord suite collections (the others being the English and French Suites), and remained famous among keyboard players after publication as a set in 1731, despite the relatively small number of sales of the printed edition. Here the six Partitas are performed by Peter Watchorn on a large German-style harpsichord and pedal harpsichord. This is the latest volume of Musica Omnia’s Complete Works for Harpsichord by J. S. Bach.

 

Available September 30, 2013  / $23.99  

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Johann Sebastian Bach

 

The Six French Suites, BWV 812-817; Little Preludes, BWV 924-943

 

Peter Watchorn (harpsichord)

 

Bach’s six French Suites, BWV 812-817 are among the composer’s most satisfyingly melodious works for keyboard. Less demanding than the great English Suites and Partitas, they represent Bach at his most tuneful and galant, giving the lie to any notion that his music was always severe in its contrapuntal demands, or lacking in melodic sensuousness. Completing this set are the short preludes from the Clavierbüchlein for Wilhelm Friedemann, composed to develop the musical skills of Bach’s children.

 

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Johann Sebastian Bach

 

Das Wohltemperierte Clavier, Book II

 

Peter Watchorn (pedal harpsichord)

 

By the 1740s, J. S. Bach was engaged in the task of bringing his life’s work to some kind of final form. By 1742 he had compiled a second collection of preludes and fugues in all the possible major and minor keys, which he named Das Wohltemperierte Clavier, Part II, complementing his original set from twenty years earlier. Peter Watchorn presents this monumental work using a German-style harpsichord and pedal harpsichord in performances of unrivalled depth and power

 

Released January-10 $23.99

 

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Johann Sebastian Bach

 

Das Wohltemperierte Clavier, Book I

 

Peter Watchorn (harpsichord)

 

The first recording of this universal collection to use the tuning system for which it was most likely written. This release is further enhanced by the first use in 60 years of a pedal harpsichord in a recording of Book 1. A unique recording in more ways than one.

 

Released June-06 $17.99

 

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Johann Sebastian Bach

 

English Suites, BWV 806 - 811

 

Peter Watchorn (harpsichord)

 

Harpsichordist Peter Watchorn presents Bach's "Six Great Suites", known today as the English Suites. This fine recording, which showcases a harpsichord by master builder Walter Burr, includes all repeats: nearly 160 minutes of music.

 

Released June-06 $17.99

 

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Johann Sebastian Bach

 

Inventions & Sinfonias - BWV 772-801

 

Peter Watchorn (harpsichord)

 

The next volume in Peter Watchorn's complete survey of the harpsichord music of Johann Sebastian Bach is devoted to the Inventions & Sinfonias, BWV 772-801, a set of thirty short contrapuntal pieces written for Bach's son, Wilhelm Friedemann. A textbook demonstration of Bach's preferred "cantabile" style, this recording also features the "Bach" tuning, as proposed by Bradley Lehman, and a magnificent German-style harpsichord by Australian master builder, Alastair McAllister.

 

Released February-08 $13.99

 

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Bach: Works for Harpsichord

 
Johann Sebastian Bach - Clavierübung I: Six Partitas, BWV 825 - 830 - Peter Watchorn (harpsichord) The harpsichord compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach represent one of the pinnacles of Western music. Bach composed for the harpsichord throughout his long career and the surviving works clearly show his development over a period of nearly fifty years. Peter Watchorn has spent over thirty years specializing in this music, and here presents all of the master's works for harpsichord and pedal harpsichord, beginning with The Well-Tempered Clavier and the six English Suites. Using a variety of harpsichords by the leading builders of the present day, Peter Watchorn brings to this project the insights and knowledge gained by many years of study with Isolde Ahlgrimm, the great Viennese harpsichordist, as well as his own experience as a harpsichord builder of note. The series also features the newly discovered "Bach" tuning, deciphered by Bradley Lehman from the title page of the first 1722 collection of preludes and fugues

Future releases:

 

MO 0505: Bach: Toccatas, BWV 910-916 - Peter Watchorn (harpsichord)

MO 0506: Bach: Sonatas, Suites, Capriccios - Peter Watchorn (harpsichord)

MO 0507: Bach: Concerto arrangements, BWV 972-987; 592a Peter Watchorn (harpsichord)

MO 0511: Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 - Peter Watchorn (harpsichord)

 

See also:  Choral Music, Instrumental and Orchestral

 

 

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