In the latest volume of the Complete Works for Harpsichord the seven Toccatas (BWV 910 – 916) and the large Fantasias, Preludes and Fugues (BWV 903 – 904, 894, 944) are presented as the culmination of the 17th century Stylus Phantasticus tradition. In this installment the pedal harpsichord is explored as a rich medium for Bach’s harpsichord and organ works, its clarity and power bridging the gap between the two instruments. With its rich bass sonority (16’ as well as 8’ and 4’ strings) and clarity, the pedal harpsichord comes into its own as an ideal performance medium for many of Bach’s greatest works for keyboard.
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performing artists: Peter Watchorn
December 1, 2016