JS BACH 'Three or One'

Record and Artist Details

Genre:

Chamber

Label: ECM New Series

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: 485 6141

485 6141. JS BACH 'Three or One'

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
(6) Schübler Chorales, Movement: Ach blieb' bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV649 Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Choral Preludes from the Kirnberger Collection, Movement: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV711 Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Orgel-Büchlein, Movement: Alle Menschen müssen sterben, BWV643 Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Orgel-Büchlein, Movement: Das alte Jahr vergangen ist, BWV614 Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Cantata No. 33, 'Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ' Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Cantata No. 105, 'Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht' Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Cantata No. 165, 'O heiliges Geist- und Wasserbad' Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Cantata No. 196, '(Der) Herr denket an uns', Movement: Sinfonia Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Cantata No. 202, 'Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Orgel-Büchlein, Movement: Christe, du Lamm Gottes, BWV619 Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Orgel-Büchlein, Movement: Durch Adams Fall, BWV637 Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Erbarm’ dich, o Herre Gott Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Chorale Preludes, Movement: Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV723 (doubtful) Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Orgel-Büchlein, Movement: Gott, durch deine Gott, BWV600 Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Orgel-Büchlein, Movement: Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottes-Sohn, BWV601 Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Orgel-Büchlein, Movement: Ich ruf' zu dir, BWV639 Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Orgel-Büchlein, Movement: In dulci jubilo, BWV608 Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Orgel-Büchlein, Movement: Jesu, meine Freude, BWV610 Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Orgel-Büchlein, Movement: Liebster Jesu, BWV633 Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
(6) Schübler Chorales, Movement: Meine Seele erhebet den Herren, BWV648 Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Chorale Variations, Movement: Partite diverse sopra O Gott, du frommer Gott, BWV767 Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Orgel-Büchlein, Movement: O Lamm Gottes, BWV618 Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Orgel-Büchlein, Movement: Der Tag, der ist freudenreich, BWV605 Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello
Orgel-Büchlein, Movement: Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein, BWV641 Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer
Aisha Orazbayeva, Violin
Fred Thomas, Piano
Lucy Railton, Cello

Fred Thomas’s transcriptions for piano trio of Bach organ and vocal works aim to replicate the ways various stops on an organ interact and overlap in a resonant acoustic. He often assigns long, sustained lines to his strings, which violinist Aisha Orazbayeva and cellist Lucy Railton execute with perfect intonation and minimum vibrato. Other times Thomas modifies his general textural game plan. In Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, for example, he plays the chorale theme in a high register and articulates the bottom part in the manner of a pizzicato walking bass line, while the strings quietly intone the inner voices.

By contrast, Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten sein’s threadbare string lines shimmer in the background as Thomas brings the chromatic writing to the fore. But Alle Menschen müssen sterben finds all three instruments interacting more or less as equal partners. Five of the 17 tracks feature Thomas and his piano alone. He transforms the aria from the Cantata Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten into a gorgeous cantabile supported by a steady left-hand accompaniment, with a control of legato that requires little help from the sustain pedal. Conversely, Thomas’s detached articulation and firmly delineated dotted rhythms in the Sinfonia from Cantata No 196, Der Herr denket an uns, sound pearly, rounded and never percussive for a second. Also note the ensemble’s subtle dynamic build in Jesu, meine Freude, providing a full-bodied, dignified conclusion.

At first, the contemplative restraint that frequently comes across in these arrangements and performances will seem a tad precious and self-aware. Let this programme sink in over several hearings and the music will quietly insinuate itself into your next playlist.

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