Bach’s Musical Offerings – Calefax


Arthur Klaassens


Release Date: 09-10-2020
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J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079 (arr. Raaf Hekkema)

2) Ricercar à 3 (Regis Iussu Cantio Et Reliqua Canonica Arte Resoluto) 5:31
3) Allegro (Sonata sopr’il soggetto Reale) 5:50
5) Andante (Sonata sopr’il soggetto Reale) 3:15
6) Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae II 3:51
7) Allegro (Sonata sopr’il soggetto Reale) 2:48
8) Thematis Regii Elaborationes Canonicae III 4:07
9) Ricercar à 6 (Regis Iussu Cantio Et Reliqua Canonica Arte Resoluto) 6:02

14 Canons

Canonische Veränderungen über Vom Himmel hoch, BWV 769 (arr. Raaf Hekkema)

11) (Part) I: Organ chorale without BWV number. Chorale from Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 (1st Cantata). Chorale prelude BWV 738. Chorale from Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 (2nd Cantata). Variation 1: in canone all’ottava. 5:05
12) (Part) II: Chorale from Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 (2nd Cantata). Variation 2: alio modo in canone alla quinta. 2:01
13) (Part) III: Chorale from Magnificat BWV 243a. Fughetta from Kirnberger Chorales BWV 701. Variation 3: in canone alla settima. 5:35
14) (Part) IV: Chorale from Kirnberger Chorales BWV 700. Variation 4: in canone all’ottava per augmentationem. 5:47
15) (Part) V: Chorale from the Little Organ Book BWV 606. Variation 5: l’altra sorte del canone al rovescio: alla sesta, alla terza, alla seconda, alla nona. 3:54
Total Tracks 15
Total Duration 01hr 07min

Album information


The Dutch reed quintet Calefax celebrates 35 years of adventurous and versatile musicianship with a collection of Musical Offerings from Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged by the ensemble’s saxophonist Raaf Hekkema. Arthur Klaassens joins the ensemble on a lupophone and english horn for Musikalisches Opfer, the main course of this programme, as well as for the 14 Canons, BWV 1087, further expanding the ensemble’s sonic palette. The album concludes with Bach’s Canonic variations on Vom Himmel hoch. All nine know versions of the melody have found a place in Raafs arrangement, resulting in a many-coloured Christmas collage.

Bach’s Musical Offerings is Calefax’ third PENTATONE release, after the well-received Dido & Aeneazz (2019), a virtuosic and eclectic recomposition of Purcell’s famous opera performed with trumpetist Eric Vloeimans, as well as Hidden Gems (2018), showcasing the quintet’s versatility with pieces ranging from Corelli and Satie to Nina Simone.

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