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BACH, J.S.: Guitar Transcriptions - Cello Suite No. 4 / Violin Partita No. 2 / Chorale Preludes (Devine)

Composer(s):Bach, Johann Sebastian
Artist(s) Devine, Graham Anthony, guitar
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.572740
Label Naxos
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From the nineteenth-century transcriptions by Francisco Tárrega to those by John Duarte and Rick Foster, the tradition of performing JS Bach’s music on the guitar has fashioned works of great beauty and transformative power. The two Chorale Preludes include the use of plucked strings, which impart serenity and clarity. The Cello Suite is especially well-suited to the guitar, the aria-like beauty of its Sarabande being the height of elegance and nobility, whilst the Violin Partita No 2, with its monumental Chaconne, translates to the guitar with hypnotic force. Graham Anthony Devine is one of the world’s foremost guitarists whose British Guitar Music (8.557040) was lauded

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Review By David Vernier,ClassicsToday.com,June 2013

The transcriptions, which are the guitarist’s own, show exactly the kind of sensitivity to the original works as well as a guitar master’s understanding of the instrument’s capabilities and unique voicing opportunities that gives freshness and vibrancy to works we’ve heard before but haven’t given thought to beyond their organ, cello, violin, or keyboard incarnations.

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