Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Johan Brouwer – harpsichord
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Bit Depth: 24bit / 96kHz
Number of channels: 2.0
Label: Aliud Records
Size: 1.53 GB
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Johan Brouwer / Johan Brouwer plays Bach (2020)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Preludium, Fuge und Allegro in Es Dur, BWV 998
01. I. Allegro 02:59
02. II. Fuga 05:58
03. III. Allegro 02:52
Suite No. 2 in C-Moll, BWV 813
04. I. Allemande 03:51
05. II. Courante 02:27
06. III. Sarabande 03:57
Praeludium und Fuge in A Dur, BWV 888
07. I. Praeludium 02:23
08. II. Fuga 02:10
Praeludium und Fuge in A Moll, BWV 889
09. I. Praeludium 02:54
10. II. Fuga 02:29
Franse Suite No. 4 Es Dur, BWV 815
11. I. Allemande 03:42
12. II. Courante 01:50
13. III. Sarabande 03:17
14. IV. Gavotte 01:03
15. V. Air 01:31
16. VI. Gigue 03:21
Präludium in G-Dur, BWV 902
17. Praeludium 06:12
The progrmm of this album is entirely devoted to the harpsichord music of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), played on a precious Vaudry instrument. Two pieces were recorded earlier, but on different instruments, a Taskin (1669/1979) and a Giusti (1679/1977).
The Prelude, Fugue and Allegro BWV 998 originally had the title ‘Preludio pur Luth o Cembal’ and takes us back to the origin of harpsichord music, music for lute with many broken chords, the so-called ‘Stile Brisé’ After a splendid Prelude we hear a Da capo Fuga, in which the first part is repeated at the end; the central part is once again in the Stile Brisé. The work ends with a lively Allegro. The name ‘French Suites’ does not derive from Bach but from Marpurg, probably because all kinds of ‘Galanteries’ were added in later versions.
(1943) studied organ under Wim van Beek and music theory under Frans van Eeden at the Groningen conservatory, then harpsichord at the Amsterdam conservatory.
After his soloist exam he took up further studies with Gustav Leonhardt. Johan Brouwer followed masterclasses by Ton Koopman, René Saorgin and Jos van Immerseel.
Johan Brouwer has given concerts in the Netherlands, France, Portugal, England, Sweden and Germany and as leader/harpsichordist formed part of the Groningen baroque orchestra Collegium Musicum, concentrating not just on the great traditional works of the baroque but also on unknown work from the 17th and 18th centuries. He also worked for a long time as conductor of the Winschoten Chamber Choir, with which he performed much 17th century music together with the Collegium Musicum Groningen. Johan Brouwer has made various CDs, including a CD with his collection of harpsichords, built by David Rubio, a CD with radio recordings from ’73 and ’83 made by the NCRV on the Hinsz organs of Midwolda and Appingedam and 2 CDs in the book ‘35 Years of Collegium Musicum Groningen’, in which he can be heard as continuo player and conductor. 2012 saw the release of a CD in which works are played on the famous Arp Schnitger positiv (1695) in Nieuw-Scheemda and on his Italian harpsichord, built by David Rubio (1977) after Giovanni Giusti (1679).