For his first solo harpsichord recording in five years, Rinaldo Alessandrini offers a very per-sonal selections of preludes and fugues by Jo-hann Sebastian Bach, one of the most emblem-atic composers in his large, praised and re-nowned discography - as an example, his per-formance of the Brandenburg Concertos has been praised as the reference recording of the work by BBC Music Magazine.
Distinct from The Well-Tempered Clavier, those short works are not frequently played nor rec-orded. Alessandrini connected them through their key and their spirit in order to build an innovative and unique recital.
Once again, the Roman maestro offers a pas-sionate, much relevant and delicate new light to Bach's music.
"This recording seeks to offer a coherent collec-tion of compositions, unheard of at the time, that differ in both style and period: isolated preludes, brought together in small didactic collections with equally-isolated fugues, that were com-posed without the introduction that usually pre-ceded them. Much, but not all, of this music dates back to Köthen. It takes us on a journey through different collections: the Clavierbüchlein for Wilhelm Friedmann; the Menpell-Preller manu-script dating 1730-1740 and having belonged to Johann Nikolaus Mempell, a student of Bach; the various 'Kellner manuscripts'. We have coupled 'preludes and fugues' according to their tonality and assembled them using contrasting criteria."