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NIKOLAYEVA Plays BACH



Nikolayeva plays Bach beautifully.  I would describe her performances as eloquently profound statements, almost prayer like at times, always thoughtful, always completely satisfying. What must it have been like to hear her play in person?

We will begin with a recording of the Goldberg Variations and move on from there, through Partitas and Suites and gorgeous transcriptions of Choral Preludes, Cantatas, and the monumental Chaconne in d minor, ultimately, to the Well Tempered Clavier.  Nikolayeva's Well Tempered Clavier, all forty-eight of the Bach preludes and fugues from books I and II of this magnum opus demands a page of it own.

At the very end of this page, there is a recording in which Nikolayeva plays Bach in a recital in Tokyo in 1982.



Bach Goldberg Variations, BWV 988




Bach Partita 1 in B flat Major, BWV 825




Bach Partita 2 in c minor, BWV 826




Bach Partita 3 in a minor, BWV 827




Bach Partita 4 in D Major, BWV 828




Bach Partita 5 in g minor, BWV 829




Bach Partita 6 in e minor, BWV 830




Bach English Suite 1 in A Major, BWV 806

recorded in 1964




Bach Overture in the French style, BWV 831




Bach French Suite 1 in d minor, BWV 812

recorded in 1984




Bach French Suite 2 in c minor, BWV 813

recorded in 1984




Bach French Suite 3 in b minor, BWV 814

recorded in 1984




Bach French Suite 4 in E flat Major, BWV 815

recorded in 1984




Bach French Suite 5 in G Major, BWV 816

recorded in 1984




Bach French Suite 6 in E Major, BWV 817

recorded in 1984




Bach Fantasia in c minor, BWV 906




Bach Duets
1 BWV 802 in e minor - 2 BWV 803 in F major (at 2:46)




Bach Three-Part Invention 11 in g minor, BWV 797




Bach Siciliano in g minor, BWV 1031




Bach Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother BWV 992

recorded live in 1982




Bach "Jesu bleibet meine Freude" BWV 147




Bach-Busoni "Ich ruf zu Dir, Herr" BWV 639




Bach "Wacht auf, ruft uns die Stimme" BWV 645




Bach "Little" fugue in g minor, BWV 578




Bach Ricercare à 6 from "Musikalisches Opfer" BWV 1079




Bach-Busoni Chaconne in d minor




Bach The Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV 1080


Canon alla Duodecima in Contrapunto alla Quinta




Contrapunctus VIII




Contrapunctus XIV (completed by Nikolayev)




Bach recital, Tokyo

1-3 : Concerto italien en F BWV 971
0:00 : Allegro - 4:06 : Andante - 9:30 : Presto

4 : Fantaisie in C minor BWV 906 (13:18)

5 : Caprice sur le départ du frère bien aimé BWV 992 in B flat major (18:22)

6 : Fantaisie chromatique et fugue en ré mineur BWV 903 (30:09)

7-10 : 4 Duets BWV 802-805
43:09 : in E minor - 45:30 : in F major - 48:21 : in G major - 51:08 : in A minor










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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