Bach: Overture In The French Style, Sarabande Con Partite, English Suite No. 6

Nils Anders Mortensen

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Nils Anders-Mortensen returns to NativeDSD with his 3rd DSD release from LAWO Classics.  With his critically acclaimed recordings and his soloist appearances with the principal Norwegian orchestras, Nils Anders Mortensen has established himself as one of Norway’s leading pianists. Employed as state musician in Finnmark County, he is also active as a freelance artist.

This new release features Mortensen’s performances of Bach’s French Overture in B minor, BWV831, Sarabanda con partite, BWV 990, and English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV811.  The album is a DSD Exclusive, Not Available on SACD release.

LAWO Classics says “Excluding the numerous organ compositions, the majority of Bach’s keyboard music is classified under well-defined headings – the 48 Preludes and Fugues known as The Well Tempered Clavier, the English Suites, French Suites, Partitas, 2- and 3-part Inventions, Toccatas, and arrangements of other composers’ concertos. Works which stand alone include the Goldberg Variations, the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue and the Italian Concerto, but there remain many other gems which are relatively neglected simply because they are not so readily pigeon-holed.”

Tracklist

1.
Overture in the French style, BWV 831 - Overture
06:44
2.
Overture in the French style, BWV 831 - Courante
02:02
3.
Overture in the French style, BWV 831 - Gavotte I/II
02:59
4.
Overture in the French style, BWV 831 - Passepied I/II
02:36
5.
Overture in the French style, BWV 831 - Sarabande
03:43
6.
Overture in the French style, BWV 831 - Bourree I/II
02:17
7.
Overture in the French style, BWV 831 - Gigue
02:13
8.
Overture in the French style, BWV 831 - Echo
02:53
9.
Sarabande con partite in C Major, BWV 990 - Sarabande
01:52
10.
Sarabande con partite in C Major, BWV 990 - Var. I
01:45
11.
Sarabande con partite in C Major, BWV 990 - Var. II
00:58
12.
Sarabande con partite in C Major, BWV 990 - Var. III
01:07
13.
Sarabande con partite in C Major, BWV 990 - Var. IV
00:59
14.
Sarabande con partite in C Major, BWV 990 - Var. V
00:56
15.
Sarabande con partite in C Major, BWV 990 - Var. VI
01:59
16.
Sarabande con partite in C Major, BWV 990 - Var. VII
00:51
17.
Sarabande con partite in C Major, BWV 990 - Var. VIII
00:52
18.
Sarabande con partite in C Major, BWV 990 - Var. IX
00:50
19.
Sarabande con partite in C Major, BWV 990 - Var. X
02:05
20.
Sarabande con partite in C Major, BWV 990 - Var. XI
01:30
21.
Sarabande con partite in C Major, BWV 990 - Var. XII - Allemande
01:35
22.
Sarabande con partite in C Major, BWV 990 - Var. XIII - Courante
01:07
23.
Sarabande con partite in C Major, BWV 990 - Var. XIV
00:37
24.
Sarabande con partite in C Major, BWV 990 - Var. XV - L'ultima Partita o Giguetta
00:48
25.
English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811 - Prelude
08:55
26.
English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811 - Allemande
03:46
27.
English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811 - Courante
02:09
28.
English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811 - Sarabande
02:15
29.
English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811 - Double
03:09
30.
English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811 - Gavotte I/II
03:24
31.
English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811 - Gigue
03:13

Total time: 01:12:09

Additional information

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Channels

Original Recording Format

Editing Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Financial Support

Fund For Performing Arts, Scene Finnmark

Mastering Engineer

Thomas Wolden

Piano Technician

Thron Irby

Producer

Vegard Landaas

Recording Engineer

Thomas Wolden

Recording Location

Jar Church Bærum, Oslo, Norway on January 14-16, 2019

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DXD

SKU

LWC1174

Release Date June 6, 2019
SKU LWC1174

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The Arts Desk

There’s so much to love about this Bach keyboard album. Namely attractive artwork, glowing sound, and an intelligent program clearly chosen by the artist.

And there’s the pianist himself, Nils Anders Mortensen, who I’d only previously registered as a skilled, sensitive accompanist. It’s rare to find an artist with such a peripheral presence on social media. Mortensen doesn’t have a website, and the sole photo in Lawo’s booklet shows an appealingly disheveled figure distantly clambering over some rocks.

Mortensen’s Bach is very, very good. He opens this solo album with the Overture in the French Style, written a decade after the better known French Suites. The opening flourish is like a call to arms, the ensuing faster section thrilling in terms of how Mortensen cranks up the tension. You daren’t breathe until he hits the final B major chord. Mortensen shrewdly gauges the mood of each subsequent dance movement, the Gavotte, and Passepied both toe-tappers here. And the little Echo movement which closes the work is brilliantly done, the dynamic contrasts ear-tickling.

Bach’s Sarabande con partite is a theme with 11 variations, the Sarabande dispatched with grace and the faster variations exhilarating. We’re on more familiar ground with the last of the six English Suites. Mortensen’s Sarabande is heart-stopping. Especially when compared with the energy he injects into the faster movements, the final Gigue’s twists and turns brilliantly negotiated.

There’s no shortage of pianists who can play Bach convincingly, but Mortensen deserves a place among the best of them

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