Bach: Keyboard Masterworks
Steinway & Sons 30024 (3 CDs)
Bach: Toccata in F-sharp minor, BWV 910 (13:16)
Andrew Rangell, piano
The Six Partitas and Goldberg Variations are among the very few works which Bach undertook to publish during his lifetime, a significant indication of his regard for these creations — and his hopes for them. The Partitas, printed in 1731, is the last, and most diverse of Bach’s three vibrant sets of keyboard suites. In this first published opus, what Bach chose to show the world was what he most certainly regarded as his crowning achievement, to date, in suite form.