Bach & Rachmaninoff

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Bach: French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816

  • Allemande
  • Courante
  • Sarabande
  • Gavotte
  • Bourrée
  • Loure
  • Gigue

Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 2

  • Allegro moderato
  • Lento
  • Allegro molto

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From the album's program notes:

Bach’s Fifth French Suite and Rachmaninoff’s First Sonata are paired side-by-side in sharp relief. One is a beacon of light and purity, the other a disturbing portrait of a troubled soul. One is a collection of cheerful dances, elegant vestiges of another world; the other is an epic, even overbearing three-act tragedy. One piece has been sent down from heaven; the other is an aural painting of hell. 

Together they represent my personal journey as a pianist: I first learned one only months after beginning piano lessons as a youngster; the other I began years later as a doctoral student at Yale University. (Not that university was any sort of hell.)

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