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Three Or One

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1 Schubler Chorale - Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 649  
2 Orgelbuchlein - Herr Christ, der ein'ge Gottes Sohn BWV 601  
3 Orgelbuchlein - Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ BWV 639  
4 Orgelbuchlein - Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt BWV 637  
5 Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott BWV 721  
6 Cantata 'Der Herr denket an uns' BWV 196 - Sinfonia  
7 Orgelbuchlein - Alle Menschen mussen sterben BWV 643  
8 Orgelbuchlein - Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich BWV 605  
9 Orgelbuchlein - Christe, du Lamm Gottes BWV 619  
10 Orgelbuchlein - Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier BWV 633  
11 Cantata 'Herr, gehe nicht in's Gericht mit deinem Knecht' BWV 105 - Aria  
12 Cantata 'Weichet nur, betrubte Schatten' BWV 202 - Aria  
13 Cantata 'O heil'ges Geist- und Wasserbad' BWV 165 - Aria  
14 Cantata 'Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ' BWV 33 - Aria  
15 Partita 'Wenn wir in hochsten Noten sein', Vers III BWV Anh. II 78  
16 Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ BWV 723  
17 Partita 'O Gott, du frommer Gott', VIII BWV 767  
18 Orgelbuchlein - O Lamm Gottes unschuldig BWV 618  
19 Orgelbuchlein - Jesu, meine Freude BWV 610  
20 Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr BWV 711  
21 Orgelbuchlein - In dulci jubilo BWV 608  
22 Orgelbuchlein - Gott, durch deine Gute BWV 600  
23 Orgelbuchlein - Das alte Jahr vergangen ist BWV 614  
24 Schubler Chorale - Meine Seele erhebt den Herren BWV 648  
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On Three Or One, Bach appears in transfigured light. Fred Thomas' ECM New Series debut presents organ chorale preludes, vocal cantata movements and orchestral sinfonias – 24 pieces in all – transcribed for trio and solo piano by the British pianist himself. Throughout, Bach's idiom is thoughtfully explored by three innovative players – a process Thomas describes as "quietly joyful" – and the trio pieces, primarily drawn from Bach's Orgelbüchlein, acquire a fresh character in the hands of Thomas, violinist Aisha Orazbayeva and cellist Lucy Railton. Both respectful of the original musical texts but unique in their execution, Thomas' reformulations strike a rare balance between moderation and innovation.

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