Angela Hewitt returns to her beloved Bach with this stunning disc of some of the great master's most joyous keyboard music. The toccatas are youthful, improvisatory, virtuoso works, composed in the aftermath of Bach's trip in 1705 to Lübeck to hear the great Buxtehude (he travelled for ten days on foot to get there), perhaps the greatest organist of the time. Buxtehude was a master of the stylus fantasticus—a very unrestrained and free way of composing, using dramatic and extravagant rhetorical gestures; the influence of this technique can clearly be heard in the seven keyboard toccatas Bach composed sometime between 1705 and 1714.
Angela Hewitt's Bach playing has won unanimous praise from all quarters for its rhythmic vitality, tonal clarity and poetic warmth. This is another outstanding issue in what is widely recognized as the benchmark modern recordings of Bach's keyboard works.
»Like the music itself, the performances brim with that improvisatory spontaneity that is the hallmark of this player's style« (The Sunday Times)
»There is much brilliant playing here … the total impression is of interpretations that are superbly performed, clean, clear and serious« (International Piano)
»interpretations that are first class from beginning to end« (Fanfare, USA)
»This disc is a delight from start to finish, a disc to lift the saddest of spirits« (BBCi)