In 1931 the pianist and muse Harriet Cohen invited all her principal composer friends each to make an arrangement of a work by J S Bach for inclusion in an album to be published by Oxford University Press. Published as A Bach Book for Harriet Cohen, it is recorded here for the first time by virtuoso pianist Jonathan Plowright. The disc is completed by eight other 20th century British Bach transcriptions.
Plowright plays everything with calm, unforced nuance assurance, nicely balancing Bach style and period manners, and making light of all the left-hand skips needed to suggest Bach's organ pedal parts. BBC *****
there is much to surprise and delight in tributes that, for the most part, seem bathed in a seraphic and unearthly light...Stevenson's opulence in his "Komm, süsser Tod" makes an ideal end to this dream recital. Jonathan Plowright's playing is of unfaltering poise and sustained eloquence. Gramophone