Bach In Transcription
— Bach in Transcription —
Jean’s most recent CD is titled Bach in Transcription. She plays the Bach/Busoni Toccata in C Major, BWV 564, Bach/Friedman “My Heart Ever Faithful”, Bach/ Bauer “My Soul Rests in Jesus’ Hands”, the Adagio in A minor from Bach/Busoni BWV 543, the Bach/ Liszt Prelude and Fugue in A minor, Bach/Siloti Prelude in B minor from the Prelude in E minor, BWV 855a, the Bach/ Godowsky Adagio in C major from Sonata No. 2 in A minor BWV 1003, Bach/Busoni “I Call unto Thee Oh Lord” and the Bach/ Grainger “BlitheBells/Sheep May Safely Graze” from the Cantata BWV 208.
— In Jean’s Words —
The Bach CD took a long time to manifest. I fell in love with Bach in my teens, after I casually checked out the recordings of Wanda Landowska. I remember a photo of her playing, with a cat looking over the keys of her klavichord. I wanted to just absorb everything I could of Bach. While a student at Stanford University I took a class on Bach, and it left me totally confused about how one should play Bach. I’m still unsure of how I should play Bach. However with Bach piano transcriptions I felt free to chose works I love. I have 2 close organist friends, and the works I chose were probably influenced by their performances.