Bach & Mozart Keyboard Variations on Harpsichord (2020)

Mozart, Bach

Ewald Demeyere

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714-1788) and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) are not composers whose works are regularly included in the same concert or recording program. One reason for this is probably of a stylistic nature: Bach wrote in the empfindsame Stil and in the Sturm und Drang style, while Mozart used a language that today is described as classical.

However, it is precisely this stylistic difference between the two composers, whose four works on this album were written between 1777 and 1782, which makes such a musical encounter so fascinating. Another reason why compositions by Bach and Mozart are not often programmed together seems to have to do with the choice of instrument.

Today, in the context of historically informed performances, Bach’s solo keyboard repertoire is mainly played on the clavichord and that of Mozart on the fortepiano. Both men, however, also played the harpsichord frequently, a fact which I found so interesting as to choose precisely that keyboard instrument for this recording in works that I believe are just as convincing on that instrument as they are on their respective instrument of reference.

Within the broad repertoire that Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach composed for keyboard, variation sets have a rather modest place; in his long career he only wrote twelve such cycles.

-- Ewald Demeyere

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Ewald Demeyere

Ewald Demeyere studied at the RoyalConservatoire of Antwerp (Artesis  College Antwerp), where, besides winning first prizes in solfège, written and practical harmony, counterpoint and fugue, he obtained his master’s degree for harpsichord in Jos van Immerseel’s class.On completion of his studies in 1997 was engaged as a teacher of harmony, counterpoint and fugue by the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp. In 2002 he succeeded Jos van Immerseel as Professor of Harpsichord, and teaches harpsichord there on the instruments in the famous collection of the Vleeshuis Museum.

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Bach & Mozart Keyboard Variations on Harpsichord (2020)

Mozart, Bach

Ewald Demeyere

Cables: Siltech Mono-Crystal
Digital Converters: dCS & Merging Technologies
Editing Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Microphones: Sonodore
Notes: A Merging + Clock Recording
Producer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording Assistant: Martijn van der Wolf
Recording Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording Location: deSingel, Blauwe zaal in Antwerpen on March 8 & 9, 2019
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD
Speakers: Avalon Acoustic & Musikelectronic Geithain

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Tracks.
1.
9 Variations on an Arioso in C Major, Wq 118-10
Bach
00:21:10   N/A
2.
12 Variations on 'La Belle Francoise', KV 353-300f
Mozart
00:18:06   N/A
3.
12 Variations on 'Les Folies d?Espagne', Wq 118-9
Bach
00:09:54   N/A
4.
12 Variations on 'Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman', KV 265-300e
Mozart
00:14:19   N/A

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