Kotaro Fukuma – J.S. Bach: Piano Transcriptions (2021) [FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Kotaro Fukuma – J.S. Bach: Piano Transcriptions (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:15:02 minutes | 2,23 GB | Genre: Classical
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For many years now, I have been playing piano transcriptions in my recitals, and the programme on this disc was originally devised for my concert at the Valletta Baroque Music Festival in Malta in January 2020. I have special affinity with many of the pieces, but here I will share just a couple. One is my own transcription of the aria “Erbarme Dich, mein Gott”, which I first performed at a Preface concert entitled “Homage to Toru Takemitsu”. As I explained on that occasion, Takemitsu loved this aria; he would play it every time he set to work on a new composition, and also by chance he heard this piece on the radio the day before he died. The other piece that is close to my heart is the Passacaglia and Fugue in Eugen d’Albert’s transcription, which I played when I collaborated with Mathieu Ganio, danseur étoile at the Paris Opera Ballet. Until then, Mathieu was mostly cast as a prince, but in this project, he took on a new challenge to perform a one-man play. I still remember vividly how he appeared on stage with this music, naked down to the waist, like the image of Christ on the way towards his crucifixion.

1. Jagdkantate, BWV 208: No. 9, Schafe können sicher weiden (Arr. E. Petri for Piano) (04:44)
2. Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 (Arr. F. Busoni for Piano) (03:08)
3. Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 (Arr. F. Busoni for Piano) (04:22)
4. Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (Arr. F. Busoni for Piano) (02:56)
5. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: No. 10, Jesus bleibet meine Freude (Arr. M. Hess for Piano) (03:33)
6. Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir, BWV 29: No. 1, Sinfonia (Arr. C. Saint-Saëns for Piano) (03:24)
7. Prelude & Fugue in A Minor, S. 462 No. 1 (After J.S. Bach’s BWV 543) (10:16)
8. Flute Sonata in E-Flat Major, BWV 1031: II. Siciliano (Arr. W. Kempff for Piano) (03:43)
9. 5 Studies, Anh.1a/1: No. 5, Chaconne (After J.S. Bach’s BWV 1004) (15:41)
10. Matthäuspassion, BWV 244, Pt. 2: No. 39, Erbarme dich, mein Gott, um meiner Zähren Willen (Arr. K. Fukuma for Piano) (06:39)
11. Passacaglia in C Minor, BWV 582 (Arr. E. d’Albert for Piano) (11:47)
12. An Wasserflüssen Babylon, BWV 653 (Arr. S. Feinberg for Piano) (05:16)