Bach: Keyboard Works


Catalogue No: DDC 25751
EAN/UPC: 809730575129
Release Date: January 2015
Genres: ,
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 65:57

This album was awarded a silver medal in the Global Music Awards 2018 for ‘Outstanding Achievement’.

It is always good to welcome to our company a musician of the stature of Burkard Schliessmann, and also to present our first multichannel SACD in luxury packaging.

This album demonstrates once again the sheer genius of Bach but also the individual and highly considered interpretative style of the performer. Schliessmann is not a purist demanding rigid tempi and ‘traditional’ baroque styling but recognises the inner soul of the music and brings it to life in a new way – thus this recording will be welcomed as a new approach even to those who know the works very well.

Also a special inclusion on the disc is BWV 906, which Bach left as a Fantasia and an unfinished Fugue. The Fugue was completed by Busoni who also inserted the Adagio, BWV 968, which was arranged for piano either by one of Bach’s sons or by the publisher Altnickol. It makes for a highly rewarding complete work.

Track Listing

Johann Sebastian Bach:

  1. I. Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 − I. Sinfonia (4:41)
  2. II. Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 − II. Allemande (5:48)
  3. III. Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 − III. Courante (2:33)
  4. IV. Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 − IV. Sarabande (3:35)
  5. V. Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 − V. Rondeaux (1:25)
  6. VI. Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 − VI. Capriccio (3:57)
  7. I. Italian Concerto, BWV 971 − I. [Allegro] (3:53)
  8. II. Italian Concerto, BWV 971 − II. Andante (4:40)
  9. III. Italian Concerto, BWV 971 − III. Presto (3:50)
  10. I. Fantasia & Fugue in A minor, BWV 904 − I. Fantasia (2:50)
  11. II. Fantasia & Fugue in A minor, BWV 904 − II. Fugue (5:03)
  12. I. Fantasia, Adagio & Fugue in C minor, BWV 906 − I. Fantasia (4:30)
  13. II. Fantasia, Adagio & Fugue in C minor, BWV 906 − II. Adagio (3:34)
  14. III. Fantasia, Adagio & Fugue in C minor, BWV 906 − III. Fugue (3:11)
  15. I. Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 − I. Fantasia (7:16)
  16. II. Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor, BWV 903 − II. Fugue (5:02)


American Record Guide

His tone is lovely and singing; his phrasing imaginative and probing. At his best – in the fast movements of the Italian Concerto and the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue – he has no rivals.

” —Rob Haskins

A fantastic Bach recital all around, and in an SACD recording that projects the piano right into your listening space with a three-dimensional effect that spreads the keyboard in front of you from left to right and the full length of Schliessman’s Steinway concert grand from front to back. This earns the strongest of recommendations.

” —Jerry Dubins
Classical CD Review

Schliessmann obviously is a major figure on the pianistic scene. On this fine new recording he offers a selection of Bach favorites playing with conviction and tonal beauty. A quality issue.

” —Robert Benson
Southwest Radio

[Schliessmann] is extremely well informed as a musician. He knows not only the aesthetic maxims of the Baroque but also the performing traditions of the 19th century, a century which for its part had to rediscover Bach for itself. The music does not simply purr along but flows over unusual cascades… A different breath blows through the music from section to section, resulting in unusual changes of perspective.

” —Reinhard Ermen
Audio Video Club Of Atlanta

German pianist Burkard Schliessmann is highly intuitive in his approach to the music he plays. His Partita No. 2 in C minor is as florid and poetic as it is colourful. Schliessmann surmounts all difficulties with zestful virtuosity. Schliessmann handles the textures of [the Italian Concerto], in which Bach imitates the roles of different groups of instruments, to perfection. In the Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue, Schliessmann relishes the abundant chromaticism. . Schliessmann injects a healthy amount of exuberance into the music, which makes this ever-popular work ideal for closing the program.

” —Phil Muse
Music Voice

This is a major interpretative effort … there is no doubt that Burkard Schliessmann wanted to offer a personal reading altogether objective and highly rational avoiding the easy recall of pseudo-romanticism. The recorded sound is nothing short of excellent, giving us the ability to fully enjoy the wonder of the timbre of the Steinway D-274, whose crystallinity appears fleetingly to recall the sound of those harpsichord and clavichord instruments for which Bach originally wrote these works. Artistic quality : 5/5 Technical quality: 5/5

” —Andrea Bedetti
Frankfurter Neue Presse

His interpretations are clearly structured, intellectually penetrating, but by no means academic or dry. Burkard Schliessmann has opened worlds of artistic expression.

” —Michael Dellith
Classics Today

Burkard Schliessmann opens this Bach release with a performance of the C minor Partita that far surpasses his earlier recording; he brings attractive lightness and clarity to the Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue. Every disc I’ve encountered by Schliessmann is impeccably engineered and well packaged, and this one is no exception.

” —Jed Distler