The Inventions

The Inventions

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)

Hyperion Records CDA 66746

This was Angela Hewitt’s first CD in her cycle of Bach discs for Hyperion, recorded in 1994. She begins where Bach would have wanted to begin: with the Two- and Three-part Inventions–works that are approached by every piano teacher and student around the world.

‘Performances of exemplary clarity and craftsmanship’ (CDReview)

‘As close to how I would choose to hear (the music) as I have yet had the pleasure of doing’ (Gramophone)

GRAMOPHONE EDITOR’S CHOICE

1. FANTASIA IN C MINOR, BWV906 (4’36)

FIFTEEN TWO-PART INVENTIONS, BWV772-786 (20’21)
2. Invention 1 in C major / ut majeur / C-dur (1’04)
3. Invention 2 in C minor / ut mineur / c-moll (1’27)
4. Invention 3 in D major / ré majeur / D-dur (1’00)
5. Invention 4 in D minor / ré mineur / d-moll (0’45)
6. Invention 5 in E flat major / mi bémol majeur / Es-dur (1’21)
7. Invention 6 in E major / mi majeur / E-dur (0’36)
8. Invention 7 in E minor / mi mineur / e-moll (1’07)
9. Invention 8 in F major / fa majeur / F-dur (0’44)
10. Invention 9 in F minor / fa mineur / F-moll (1’49)
11. Invention 10 in G major / sol majeur / G-dur (0’46)
12. Invention 11 in G minor / sol mineur / g-moll (1’20)
13. Invention 12 in A major / la majeur / A-dur (1’10)
14. Invention 13 in A minor / la mineur / a-moll (1’10)
15. Invention 14 in B flat major/ si bémol majeur / B-dur (1’12)
16. Invention 15 in B minor / si mineur / h-moll (1’31)

FIFTEEN THREE-PART STNFONIAS (INVENTIONS), BWV787-801 (25’48)
17. Sinfonia 1 in C major / ut majeur / C-dur (0’57)
18. Sinfonia 2 in C minor / ut mineur / c-moll (1’43)
19. Sinfonia 3 in D major / ré majeur / D-dur (1’05)
20. Sinfonia 4 in D minor / ré mineur / d-moll (1’40)
21. Sinfonia 5 in E flat major / mi bémol majeur / Es-dur (2’37)
22. Sinfonia 6 in E major / mi majeur / E-dur (1’00)
23. Sinfonia 7 in E minor / mi mineur / e-moll (2’15)
24. Sinfonia 8 in F major / fa majeur / F-dur (1’01)
25. Sinfonia 9 in F minor / fa mineur / F-moll (3’57)
26. Sinfonia 10 in G major / sol majeur / G-dur (0’56)
27. Sinfonia 11 in G minor / sol mineur / g-moll (1’59)
28. Sinfonia 12 in A major / la majeur / A-dur (1’23)
29. Sinfonia 13 in A minor / la mineur / a-moll (1’40)
30. Sinfonia 14 in B flat major / si bémol majeur / B-dur (1’18)
31. Sinfonia 15 in B minor/ si mineur / h-moll (1’38)

CHROMATIC FANTASIA AND FUGUE IN D MINOR, BWV903 (12’03)
32. Fantasia (6’51)
33. Fugue (5’11)

In his preface to the Two- and Three-part Inventions, Bach wrote that they were for students ‘desirous of learning’ and to give them a good instruction in compositional technique. They were also meant to help the student produce a singing tone, and to develop the strength of every finger. They are also beautiful works of art. The disc also includes his dramatic Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue and the popular C minor Fantasia.

Recorded in the Beethovensaal, Hanover, Germany, on 3, 4, 5 January 1994

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Reviews of this record

Gramophone / John Duarte / Bach: The Inventions