J.S. Bach: Piano Transcriptions (Bonus Track Version)

Kotaro Fukuma

J.S. Bach: Piano Transcriptions (Bonus Track Version)

After his impressive 2020 album of Beethoven piano sonatas, much-lauded Japanese pianist Kotaro Fukuma turns his attention to Bach—but Bach as realized by others. There are many favorite piano transcriptions, including Myra Hess’ sublime “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” Alexander Siloti’s magical take on the “Prelude & Fugue in B Minor,” and a trio of works adapted by Ferruccio Busoni, among many others. Fukuma’s imaginative approach and rock-solid technique are apparent throughout. He offers his own transcription of the heart-stopping aria “Erbarme dich,” from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, which is beautifully gauged.

Jagdkantate, BWV 208
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Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 (Arr. F. Busoni for Piano)
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Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 (Arr. F. Busoni for Piano)
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Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (Arr. F. Busoni for Piano)
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Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147
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Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV 29
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Prelude & Fugue in A Minor, S. 462 No. 1 (After J.S. Bach's BWV 543)
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Flute Sonata in E-Flat Major, BWV 1031
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5 Studies, Anh. 1a/1
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Matthäuspassion, BWV 244, Pt. 2
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Passacaglia in C Minor, BWV 582 (Arr. E. d'Albert for Piano)
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An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653 (Arr. S. Feinberg for Piano)
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Prelude & Fugue in B Minor, BWV 855a
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Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068
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