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Icelandic pianist VŪkingur ”lafsson emerged from considerable popularity in his native country, signing with Deutsche Grammophon and releasing an attractive album of music by Philip Glass. With his second album for the label, Johann Sebastian Bach, he ups the stakes; the title itself announces a grand ambition to reimagine the compositions of the first master of keyboard music. ”lafsson rightly points out that the Bach canon is constantly changing, and indeed many of the pieces on his program are not very familiar. Sample ...

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  1. Prelude and Fughetta, for keyboard in G major, BWV 902 (BC L79): Prelude
  2. Nun freut euch, lieben Christen gmein (I), chorale prelude for organ, BWV 734 (BC K125)
  3. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 10 in E minor, BWV 855 (BC L89) (WTC I/10)
  4. Trio Sonata for organ No. 4 in E minor, BWV 528 (BC J4): 2. Adagio
  5. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 5 in D major, BWV 850 (BC L84) (WTC I/5)
  6. Nun komm der Heiden Heiland (II), chorale prelude for organ, BWV 659 (BC K82) (Achtzehn Choršle No. 8)
  7. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 2 in C minor, BWV 847 (BC L81) (WTC I/2)
  8. Cantata No. 54, "Widerstehe doch der SŁnde," BWV 54 (BC A51): Aria
  9. Aria variata, for keyboard in A minor ("In the Italian Style"), BWV 989 (BC L179)
  10. Two-Part Invention, for keyboard No. 12 in A major, BWV 783 (BC L53)
  11. Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard No. 12 in A major, BWV 798 (BC L53)
  12. Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 3. Gavotte
  13. Prelude for keyboard in E minor, BWV 855a (WFN 18; variant of BWV 855)
  14. Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard No. 15 in B minor, BWV 801 (BC L56)
  15. Two-Part Invention, for keyboard No. 11 in G minor, BWV 782 (BC L52)
  16. Concerto for solo keyboard No. 3 in D minor, BWV 974 (BC L194) (after Alessandro Marcello)
  17. Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (I), chorale prelude for organ, BWV 639 (BC K68) (Orgel-BŁchlein No. 41)
  18. Fantasia and Fugue, for keyboard in A minor, BWV 904 (BC L136)
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