Wuorinen & J.S. Bach: A Tribute / Beck

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American pianist Steven Beck’s new recording combines seven intriguing compositions by Charles Wuorinen with two acknowledged masterpieces by J.S. Bach: the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988;...

American pianist Steven Beck’s new recording combines seven intriguing compositions by Charles Wuorinen with two acknowledged masterpieces by J.S. Bach: the Goldberg Variations, BWV 988; and Prelude and Fugue in A major, BWV 864, from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book One. The unusual pairing of the two composers was chosen by Beck in recollection of a performance of the Goldbergs he gave at the home of Charles Wuorinen. Beck's choice of the Bach prelude and fugue also honors the last Bach piece Wuorinen practiced, during his final months. Steven Beck's virtuosity has been heard on numerous Bridge recordings, most recently, George Walker's Five Piano Sonatas (BRIDGE 9554).

REVIEWS:

Steven Beck, an excellent pianist and champion of contemporary music, was the committed soloist, deftly revealing the elegiac and frenetic moods of this rhythmically and harmonically complex work.

-- New York Times, on Beck's world premiere performance of The Haroun Piano Book

 



Product Description:


  • Release Date: January 20, 2023


  • UPC: 090404957321


  • Catalog Number: BCD9573A/B


  • Label: Bridge Records


  • Number of Discs: 2


  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles Wuorinen


  • Conductor: The Haroun Piano Book, Etude (for Chords and Dynamic Balance), Doubletake, Heart Shadow, Intrada, Adagio, Scherzo, Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869: Prelude and Fugue No. 19 in A Major, BWV 864


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles Wuorinen


  • Performer: Steven Beck



Works:


  1. The Haroun Piano Book

    Composer: Charles Wuorinen

    Performer: Steven Beck (Piano)


  2. Etude (for Chords and Dynamic Balance)

    Composer: Charles Wuorinen

    Performer: Steven Beck (Piano)


  3. Doubletake

    Composer: Charles Wuorinen

    Performer: Steven Beck (Piano)


  4. Heart Shadow

    Composer: Charles Wuorinen

    Performer: Steven Beck (Piano)


  5. Intrada

    Composer: Charles Wuorinen

    Performer: Steven Beck (Piano)


  6. Adagio

    Composer: Charles Wuorinen

    Performer: Steven Beck (Piano)


  7. Scherzo

    Composer: Charles Wuorinen

    Performer: Steven Beck (Piano)


  8. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Steven Beck (Piano)


  9. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869: Prelude and Fugue No. 19 in A Major, BWV 864

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Steven Beck (Piano)