ALBERT FULLER PLAYS BACH AND RAMEAU
BACH:  Italian Concerto.  French Suite No. 6.  Preludes and Fugues in F minor and D Major from Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II.  Anna Magdalene Little Klavier Book (excerpts).  RAMEAU:  Suite in A.  Eight Pi╦ces de Clavecin.  
REFERENCE RECORDINGS RR 2105 (2 CDs) (M)
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The Rameau disc, which includes eight Pi╦ces de Clavecin and a seven-movement Suite in A from the composer's Third Book (ca. 1728) was recorded in the Mission High School Auditorium at San Francisco on August 19-21, 1987, and originally issued as RR-27. The Bach collection features the Italian Concerto, BWV 971, and the sixth French Suite, BWV 817, as well as two Preludes and Fugues from Book II of the Well-Tempered Clavier (in F minor and D major), and six pieces from the Anna Magdalene Little Klavier Book, recorded on April 20-22, 1992, in the Presbyterian Church at Rye, NY, and issued as RR-51.

Together in a duopack (for the price of one) they give us nearly two hours of elegant and authoritative music making by a stateside leader in the original-instruments movement. Albert Fuller, a long-time faculty member at the Juilliard School, founded the Aston Magna Festival 30 years ago, which blossomed into annual "Academies" where "scholars, aestheticians and humanists, as well musicians" freely exchange ideas and teaching methods.

"Professor" Keith Johnson recordings are both intimate and ambient - a rare combination on discs whose hoch Barock repertory should give endless hours of pleasure to those enamored of music before the "classical" era of Haydn and Mozart. Mr. Fuller has written his own program notes; they are forthrightly beguiling as well as musically enlightening.

R.D. (February 2003)