Simon Johnson – B.A.C.H: Anatomy of a Motif (2022) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Simon Johnson – B.A.C.H: Anatomy of a Motif (2022)
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In musical notation in Germany, the letter “H” is used to represent the note B natural. So, the name “Bach” forms an elegant phrase of two pairs of falling semitones. This proved an inspiration to Johann Sebastian, whose musical “signature” appears again and again throughout his extensive output. Two shining examples are included on this album – the “unfinished fugue” Contrapunctus XIV à 4 from Die Kunst der Fuge (as completed by Lionel Rogg) and the exquisite Ricercar à 6 from Musikalisches Opfer.

Bach’s signature – as well as musical invention – has directly influenced scores of other composers down the years, as evidenced by the works included here, from Mendelssohn to Karg-Elert. The organist and, from 2008 until 2021, Assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, Simon Johnson has used his knowledge and insight to construct this programme to demonstrate the extraordinary range and scope of the cathedral’s organ. Recorded by the Chandos technical team, this album provides an outstanding testament to this fine instrument and to the unique acoustic of the world-renowned cathedral in which it sits.

Tracklist:
01. Simon Johnson – Bach: Art of the Fugue in D Minor, BWV 1080 (Roger Vuataz Orchestration): Contrapunctus XIV a4 “Unfinished Fugue” (11:44)
02. Simon Johnson – Lutz, Mendelssohn: Sonata on the Choral O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden: I. Choral (08:12)
03. Simon Johnson – Lutz, Mendelssohn: Sonata on the Choral O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden: II. Fuga (05:31)
04. Simon Johnson – Lutz, Mendelssohn: Sonata on the Choral O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden: III. Finale (03:14)
05. Simon Johnson – Schumann: Sechs Fugen über den Namen B.A.C.H, Op. 60: Fuga I (06:29)
06. Simon Johnson – Schumann: Sechs Fugen über den Namen B.A.C.H, Op. 60: Fuga II (06:16)
07. Simon Johnson – Schumann: Sechs Fugen über den Namen B.A.C.H, Op. 60: Fuga III (04:02)
08. Simon Johnson – Schumann: Sechs Fugen über den Namen B.A.C.H, Op. 60: Fuga IV (05:47)
09. Simon Johnson – Schumann: Sechs Fugen über den Namen B.A.C.H, Op. 60: Fuga V (02:47)
10. Simon Johnson – Schumann: Sechs Fugen über den Namen B.A.C.H, Op. 60: Fuga VI (08:09)
11. Simon Johnson – Brahms: Fugue, WoO 8 (07:23)
12. Simon Johnson – Bach: Ricercar à 6 (10:02)
13. Simon Johnson – Liszt: Präludium und Fuge über den Namen B.A.C.H, S. 260: I. Präludium (04:12)
14. Simon Johnson – Liszt: Präludium und Fuge über den Namen B.A.C.H, S. 260: II. Fuga (02:45)
15. Simon Johnson – Liszt: Präludium und Fuge über den Namen B.A.C.H, S. 260: III. Allegro (03:49)
16. Simon Johnson – Liszt: Präludium und Fuge über den Namen B.A.C.H, S. 260: IV. Maestoso (02:44)
17. Simon Johnson – Reger: Fantasie und Fuge über B.A.C.H, Op.46: I. Fantasie (08:57)
18. Simon Johnson – Reger: Fantasie und Fuge über B.A.C.H, Op.46: II. Fuge (11:23)
19. Simon Johnson – Karg-Elert: Passacaglia and Fugue on B.A.C.H, Op. 150: I. Introduzione (01:33)
20. Simon Johnson – Karg-Elert: Passacaglia and Fugue on B.A.C.H, Op. 150: II. Prima parte (03:39)
21. Simon Johnson – Karg-Elert: Passacaglia and Fugue on B.A.C.H, Op. 150: III. Seconda parte (02:52)
22. Simon Johnson – Karg-Elert: Passacaglia and Fugue on B.A.C.H, Op. 150: IV. Terza parte (04:33)
23. Simon Johnson – Karg-Elert: Passacaglia and Fugue on B.A.C.H, Op. 150: V. Adagio e piano (01:17)
24. Simon Johnson – Karg-Elert: Passacaglia and Fugue on B.A.C.H, Op. 150: VI. Fuga (07:34)

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