Confluences: Bach & Chopin

Bach’s influence on Chopin’s music is apparently subtle yet powerful. Ever since the Polish master was introduced to Bach’s compositions by his first teacher, Adalbert Zywny, Chopin constantly turned to Bach as a supreme point of reference. This influence, which can be detected at various levels throughout his works, is at the core of this recording. Josep Colom’s exceptional vision and artistry brings out this two composer’s connection by pairing Bach’s Preludes and Chopin’s Études and Nocturnes and with the help of finely-drawn improvisatory passages that either connect a prelude to an étude or act as a transition into a new pairing.

About the artist
I was born in Barcelona in 1947. Unusually for that period in Spain, music was a big part of our everyday family life, as far back as I can remember. Thanks to this, and the unconditional emotional and financial support I received from my parents, who were not themselves professional musicians, I was able to choose my career path at an early age, and have enjoyed it ever since.
01Prelude No. 1 in C major BWV 84602:02
02Étude in C major op.10/102:33
03Prelude No. 15 in G major BWV 86000:53
04Étude in G flat major op.10/502:13
05Prelude No. 10 in E minor BWV 85502:52
06Étude in E flat minor op.10/603:04
07Prelude No. 15 in G major BWV 88401:16
08Étude in F minor op.10/902:56
09Prelude No. 3 in C sharp major BWV 84801:43
10Étude in C sharp minor op.10/402:18
11Prelude No. 9 in E major BWV 85401:48
12Nocturne op.9/307:19
13Prelude No. 14 in F sharp minor BWV 88303:11
14Nocturne op.48/207:17
15Prelude No. 20 in A minor BWV 889 02:48
16Étude in A minor op.10/201:51
17Prelude No. 5 in D major BWV 85001:32
18Étude in F major op.10/803:13
19Prelude No. 6 in D minor BWV 85101:33
20Étude in F minor op.25/201:58
21Prelude No. 21 in B flat major BWV 86601:37
22Étude in E flat major op.10/1102:40
23Prelude No. 8 in E flat minor BWV 85304:37
24Nocturne op.48/107:24
25Prelude No. 2 in C minor BWV 84701:19
26Étude in C minor op.25/12 - Confluence05:52
«This version reveals a world that I did not yet know as such.»
By Aart van der Wal, Opusklassiek © 2017
«Natural spontaneity and deep expressiveness.»
By John Miller, © 2017
«Again we must salute Eudora for this excellent recording.»
By Fritz Balwit, Audiophile Audition © 2017
FormatSACD & download versions
Catalogue numberEUD-SACD-1703 (SACD version)
EUD-DR-1703 (Download versions)
Barcode8436551170299 (SACD version)
8436551170305 (Download versions)
Recording dateMarch 25-27, 2016
LocationAuditorio de Zaragoza, Sala Mozart, Zaragoza, Spain
Original formatDSD256 (11.2MHz)
EquipmentSonodore, Neumann U89 and Schoeps microphones; Merging Horus microphone preamplifier and AD/DA converter; Pyramix Workstation; Sennheiser headphones; Bryston headphone amplifier; Amphion speakers.