Ross, Scott

JS Bach: Harpsichord Recital

25 May 2015

Barcode: 0825646139569

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

American harpsichordist Scott Ross was one of the great musical personalities of France in the 1980s. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he learned piano and organ, he was closely tied to France from his adolescence on, when his mother moved there following the death of her husband. Ross studied harpsichord at the Conservatory in Nice with Huguette Grémy-Chauliac before deciding to settle in the Hérault département of southern France, near the Château d’Assas, which would become his favourite recording studio. It was in 1984 that he became closely linked to Erato. From this extraordinary collaboration would come numerous releases. In partnership with Radio France, the American first carried out a colossal project: the complete recording Domenico Scarlatti’s 555 sonatas – a pioneering work, unique in the history of recording.

Playing a sumptuous instrument built by David Ley, Scott Ross attains the summits here. In the Presto of the Italian Concerto, the lines unfold without rushing, the rhythm remains absolutely inflexible, the episodes ‘fit together’ with radiant ease, and the alternation of piano and forte episodes in the style of Corelli or Vivaldi is constantly revealed with dazzling intelligence. Although the Cantor of Leipzig’s music occasionally evokes a stream flowing imperturbably, Scott Ross’s accounts proclaim it loud and clear. A year later, on 13 June 1989, Scott Ross died.

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Bach, JS : Italian Concerto in F major BWV971 : I Allegro  - Scott Ross 
02 Bach, JS: Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971: II. Andante  - Scott Ross 
03 Bach, JS : Italian Concerto in F major BWV971 : III Presto  - Scott Ross 
04 Bach, JS : Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor BWV903 : I Fantasia  - Scott Ross 
05 Bach, JS : Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue in D minor BWV903 : II Fugue  - Scott Ross 
06 Bach, JS : Partita in B minor BWV831 : I Overture  - Scott Ross 
07 Bach, JS : Partita in B minor BWV831 : II Courante  - Scott Ross 
08 Bach, JS : Partita in B minor BWV831 : III Gavotte 1 & 2  - Scott Ross 
09 Bach, JS : Partita in B minor BWV831 : IV Passepied 1 & 2  - Scott Ross 
10 Bach, JS: Partita in B Minor, BWV 831: V. Sarabande  - Scott Ross 
11 Bach, JS : Partita in B minor BWV831 : VI Bourrée 1 & 2  - Scott Ross 
12 Bach, JS : Partita in B minor BWV831 : VII Gigue  - Scott Ross 
13 Bach, JS : Partita in B minor BWV831 : VIII Echo  - Scott Ross 
14 Bach, JS : Duet in E minor BWV802  - Scott Ross 
15 Bach, JS : Duet in F major BWV803  - Scott Ross 
16 Bach, JS : Duet in G major BWV804  - Scott Ross 
17 Bach, JS : Duet in A minor BWV805  - Scott Ross 

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