The Frenchman Benjamin Alard records all of Johann Sebastian Bach’s keyboard works. The interesting thing is that he arranges the compositions chronologically as far as possible: we hear Bach grow throughout the series. This fifth movement spans the period 1708 to 1717, when the composer worked in Weimar.
Also interesting: Alard alternates between the keyboard instruments from Bach’s time. This fifth movement contains three CDs, one is fully played on organ (the opener is the well-known Toccate in D minor, BWV 565), one on harpsichord with pedal and one on the intimate clavichord.
Alard is equally good at all those instruments. Hear him in the Fantasy in a minor (BWV 904): majestic, steadfast. His sound on the stringed instruments is rich, the decorations are full of finesse, but he never loses sight of his goal: the last note. The Toccata in G (BWV 916), played on the clavichord, is a test of stability, of insight and overview. As the next part Alard promises the first Well-tempered keyboard.
Bach: The Complete Works for Keyboard (5)
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Alard never loses sight of his goal in the fifth movement with Bach works: the last note ★★★★☆
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