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'Aria mit verschiedenen Veränderungen', BWV 988
Aria - Variation 1 a 1 Clav.
Variation 2 a 1 Clav.
Variation 3 a 1 Clav. Canone all'Unisono
Variation 4 a 1 Clav.
Variation 5 a 1 ō vero 2 Clav.
Variation 6 a 1 Clav. Canone alla Seconda
Variation 7 a 1 ō vero 2 Clav. al tempo di Giga
Vairation 8 a 2 Clav.
Variation 9 Canone alla Terza a 1 Clav.
Variation 10 Fughetta a 1 Clav.
Variation 11 a 2 Clav.
Variation 12 Canone alla Quarta a 1 Clav.
Variation 13 a 2 Clav.
Variation 14 a 2 Clav.
Variation 15 Canone alla Quinta a 1 Clav.
Variation 16 Ouverture a 1 Clav.
Variation 17 a 2 Clav.
Variation 18 Canone alla Sesta a 1 Clav.
Variation 19 a 1 Clav.
Variation 20 a 2 Clav.
Variation 21 Canone alla Settima a 1 Clav.
Variation 22 a 1 Clav. alla breve
Variation 23 a 2 Clav.
Variation 24 Canone all'Ottava a 1 Clav.
Variation 25 a 2 Clav.
Variation 26 a 2 Clav.
Variation 27 Canone alla Nona a 2 Clav.
Variation 28 a 2 Clav.
Variation 29 a 1 ō vero 2 Clav.
Variation 30 Quodlibet a 1 Clav
Aria da Capo
Concerto in the Italian Style BWV 971
Toccata in D major BWV 912
Capriccio on the departure of a beloved brother BWV 992
His friends try to persuade him not to go
They described the various accidents that might befall him
They join in a lament
Seeing that there is no hope of persuading him, they say goodbye
Aria di Postiglione. Adagio poco
Fuga. Imitating the posthorn
Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor BWV 903
Six Little Preludes BWV 933-938
Toccata in E minor BWV 914
Fantasia in C minor BWV 906
Total time: 152:34
Solo: Richard Lester harpsichord
Recording & Editing by Paul Arden-Taylor
Richard Lester has been at the centre of early keyboard music for fifty years with a professional career that began in 1966. His teacher, George Malcolm generously promoted his debut recital at the Wigmore Hall, and from that followed concerts including the Royal Festival Hall Purcell Room, master-classes and recitals at Dartington International Summer School, Bruges Festival and the Bath International Festival. As a Fellow of the London College of Music, he has given many organ recitals in King’s College, Cambridge, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Cathedral, Ely Cathedral, Coventry, and in 2013 he was invited to perform in St Mark’s, Venice, and Bergamo Cathedral.
His vast discography for Nimbus Records is acclaimed world-wide and includes: the complete keyboard sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti; the majority of Girolamo Frescobaldi’s keyboard works on original instruments, organ masses by Girolamo Cavazzoni, Andrea Gabrieli and Claudio Merulo; and sonatas by Carlos Seixas, Antonio Soler, Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He has also compiled and edited a volume of Italian Renaissance keyboard works which includes a DVD on early fingering and ornamentation plus a CD demonstrating works by composers associated with St Mark’s in Venice (also published and available from Nimbus). A review on MusicWeb International commented: ‘A master-class and entertainment in one.’
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“... this Bach keyboard recording project looks more than being merely promising. This first volume stands at the vanguard of something that will stand proudly alongside other such huge projects by Richard Lester, including the entire Scarlatti sonatas, Frescobaldi and numerous others. Lester's numerous followers will need little persuading to acquire this Bach programme, and they will surely not be disappointed... many fans of Bach played on the harpsichord will have a soft spot for Richard Lester's recordings, and I am happy to be counted amongst their ranks."
Dominy Clements – MusicWeb-International.com – 7 June 2017
"... this is measured yet magisterial playing - Richard Lester lets the music do the talking to great effect. Articulation is employed sparingly and tempos are very nicely judged... " ****
Oliver Condy - BBC Music magazine (Brief Notes Section)- June 2017
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