J.S. Bach
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Inventions, Sinfonias, Little Preludes

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Richard Troeger
Instrumentation:Clavichord
Individual Works:15 Two-Part Inventions:

No. 1 in C major, BWV 772
No. 2 in C minor, BWV 773
No. 3 in D major, BWV 774
No. 4 in D minor, BWV 775
No. 5 in E flat major, BWV 776
No. 6 in E major, BWV 777
No. 7 in E minor, BWV 778
No. 8 in F major, BWV 779
No. 9 in F minor, BWV 780
No. 10 in G major, BWV 781
No. 11 in G minor, BWV 782
No. 12 in A major, BWV 783
No. 13 in A minor, BWV 784
No. 14 in B flat major, BWV 785
No. 15 in B minor, BWV 786

12 Little Preludes:

No. 1 in C major, BWV 924
No. 2 in C major, BWV 939
No. 3 in C minor, BWV 999
No. 4 in D major, BWV 925
No. 5 in D minor, BWV 926
No. 6 in D minor, BWV 940
No. 7 in E minor, BWV 941
No. 8 in F major, BWV 927
No. 9 in F minor, BWV 928
Menuet (by G.H. Stolzel) & Trio (Prelude No. 10, BWV 929)
No. 11 in G minor, BWV 930
No. 12 in A minor, BWV 942

15 Sinfonias (Three-Part Inventions):

No. 1 in C major, BWV 787
No. 2 in C minor, BWV 788
No. 3 in D major, BWV 789
No. 4 in D minor, BWV 790
No. 5 in E flat major, BWV 791
No. 6 in E major, BWV 792
No. 7 in E minor, BWV 793
No. 8 in F major, BWV 794
No. 9 in F minor, BWV 795
No. 10 in G major, BWV 796
No. 11 in G minor, BWV 797
No. 12 in A major, BWV 798
No. 13 in A minor, BWV 799
No. 14 in B flat major, BWV 800
No. 15 in B minor, BWV 801

6 Little Preludes:

No. 1 in C major, BWV 933
No. 2 in C minor, BWV 934
No. 3 in D minor, BWV 935
No. 4 in D major, BWV 936
No. 5 in E mauor, BWV 937
No. 6 in E minor, BWV 938

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Lyrichord
Catalog Number:8047
Year Released/Recorded:2000
Total Playing Time:67:48
Related Web Site:http://www.lyrichord.com
Comments:Review by Jan Hanford:

Performance: Excellent
Recording: Excellent

This is the third of Richard Troger's releases of "Bach on Clavichord". I found this release particularly exciting because of my love of Bach's Two and Three-Part Inventions. They are some of Bach's most accessible keyboard works. Originally intended as learning tools for students they clearly can be considered beautiful works as well by any standard. Although they consist of only two (or three) lines of counterpoint, Bach's amazing use of melody and rhythm makes these works completely fascinating and enjoyable.

The inclusion of the Little Preludes is an appropriate and delightful bonus. Rarely recorded (and certainly not on clavichord), they are perfectly self-contained short pieces each with its own personality.

Richard Troeger's performance is, once again, extraordinary. This is not an intellectual exercise in authentic performance techniques, it is vibrant and joyous with beautifully executed ornamentation and clearly articulated counterpoint with wonderfully expressive nuances. The Inventions have never sounded better.

The clavichord continues to be fascinating and rewarding. I find myself reaching for these cd's often and am intrigued and delighted every time I hear them. I am looking forward to more releases by Richard Troeger and the space on my shelf is already prepared!

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:11/19/2000
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