What happens when great composers arrange each other’s works? J.S. Bach gave Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater a new text and a new viola part, making a fresh piece that speaks both of Germany and Italy. This performance features singers Rachel Elliott and Sally Bruce-Payne.
Mozart gave string players the pleasure of playing fugues from the Well-tempered Clavier II – fresh arrangements by The Bach Players complete the set of all the four-part fugues from this work.
A 16-page accompanying booklet includes an essay by the composer Hugh Wood reflecting on the phenomenon of arrangement, a discussion by the musicologist Yo Tomita of Mozart’s arrangements of Bach’s fugues, and an interview with The Bach Players’ Nicolette Moonen. The text of ‘Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden’ is given with an English translation. Photographs of the recording session, by Martin Argyroglo, are interspersed. The CD and booklet are held in a packet made of card and without any plastic.
To hear a sample track (‘Laß dein Zion blühend dauern’), click on the link in the right-hand column of this page.