J.S. Bach: Three Or One - Transcriptions by Fred Thomas

Fred Thomas, Aisha Orazbayeva, & Lucy Railton

J.S. Bach: Three Or One - Transcriptions by Fred Thomas

Much of Bach’s work is built up from musical lines, and one way into his world is to listen to how those different lines (or “voices”) interact to form a beautiful whole. Bach wrote many of his most important pieces for the pipe organ, but those voices can often get lost within the instrument’s textures. That’s why this recording feels like such a revelation. There are no heavy-handed transcriptions here. Instead, there’s an illuminating translucency and a hushed playfulness to these arrangements—for violin, cello, and piano, and piano solo (hence this album’s name, Three or One)—of chorale preludes from Orgelbüchlein, Bach’s incomplete set of chorale preludes on Lutheran hymns. The arias from various cantatas are just as stunningly rendered and are all beautifully recorded and engineered.

6 Choräle von verschiedener Art, BWV 645-650
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Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644
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Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721 (Transcr. Thomas for Piano Trio)
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Der Herr denket an uns, Cantata BWV 196
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Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644
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Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht, Cantata BWV 105
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Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten, BWV 202 "Wedding Cantata"
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O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad, Cantata BWV 165
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Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, Cantata BWV 33
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Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV Anh. II 78
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Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV 723 (Transcr. Thomas for Piano Trio)
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O Gott, Du frommer Gott, BWV 767 (Transcr. Thomas for Piano Trio)
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Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644
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Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 711 (Transcr. Thomas for Piano Trio)
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Orgelbüchlein, BWV 599-644
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6 Choräle von verschiedener Art, BWV 645-650
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