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Angela Hewitt — Bach Odyssey VIII: The Toccatas, at 92Y
Saturday May 11, 2019, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm$55.00
“The paramount quality of Angela Hewitt’s piano playing is the joy it communicates.” — The Daily Telegraph
“For those willing to imagine what Bach might have done had a concert grand been available to him, (Hewitt’s) brilliantly executed cadenzas and abundant and fleet florid passage work were breathtaking.” — Musical America
The Odyssey continues, with “the outstanding Bach pianist of her generation” (The Sunday Times, London) bringing her brilliant, exuberant artistry to Year 3 of her four-year journey.
Bach’s Toccatas are exceedingly imaginative: daring in harmonic construction and virtuosic in technical level, their improvisatory nature gives a feeling of youthful abandon. The Toccatas are paired with one of Bach’s first commercial successes, the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, also free and improvisatory in nature. The piece was shared widely in his lifetime in manuscript before eventually being published, and the wild modulations of the fantasy are unique in Bach’s output.
Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911
Toccata in G Major, BWV 916
Toccata in F-sharp Minor, BWV 910
Toccata in E Minor, BWV 914
Toccata in D Minor, BWV 913
Toccata in G Minor, BWV 915
Toccata in D Major, BWV 912
Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903