British Bach TranscriptionsLEONARD BORWICK (1868-1925): Little Fugue in G Minor, BWV 578, O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig, BWV 656, HARRIET COHEN (1895-1967): Be contented, O my soul, BWV 155, MYRA HESS (1890-1955): Adagio from BWV 564, Jesu, joy of man's desiring, BWV 147, HUBERT FOSS (1899-1953): See what his love can do, BWV 85, HERBERT FRYER (1877-1957): Sarabande from Cello Suite No. 6, BWV 1012, RONALD STEVENSON (b.1928): Komm, süsser Tod, BWV 478, A Bach Book for Harriet Cohen: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 (Granville Bantock [1868-1946]), Fantasia in G, BWV 572 (Arnold Bax [1883-1953]), In dulci jubilo, BWV 729 (Lord Berners [1883-1950]), Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV 614 (Arthur Bliss [1893-1975]), Komm, süsser Tod, BWV 478 (Frank Bridge [1879-1941]), Andante from Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, BWV 1047 (Eugene Goossens [1893-1962]), O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sünde gross, BWV 622 (Herbert Howells [1892-1983]), Menie Seele erhebt den Herrn, BWV 648 (John Ireland [1879-1962]), Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 605 (Constant Lambert [1905-1951]), Ach bleib' bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 649 (Ralph Vaughan Williams [1872-1958]), Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727 (William Walton [1902-1983]), Wir glauben al an einen Gott, BWV 740 (William Gillies Whittaker [1876-1944]).
Catalogue Number: 09M097
Description: The notes to volume 9 in this ongoing series have Ronald Stevenson excoriating the British composers involved in the "Bach Book for Harriet Cohen" which forms the center of this recording and which he described as "a manual of how not to write for the piano"! Closer examination and excellent notes by Calum MacDonald show how often Stevenson was not quite right in his judgement but the most entertaining piece here is probably Stevenson's own: not a straight transcription of the choral also set by Bridge for Cohen, but a transcription of Stokowski's orchestral transcription of the piece with all the attendant show and color that this would suggest. Jonathan Plowright (piano).