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John Williams Plays Bach (4CD)

John Williams Plays Bach (4CD)

by John Williams
$29.99

The famous Bach recordings of two outstanding instrumentalists are also featured in this new release. Describing the 1982 recording of the Solo Suites by, arguably, the world’s favourite cellist, the Penguin Guide wrote that Yo-Yo Ma’s playing “has a characteristic rhythmic freedom and favours the widest range of dynamic. The improvisatory effect is seemingly spontaneous and these performances are very compelling indeed, for Ma seems right inside every bar of the music. The first-class recording is very real and natural.” This Grammy-winning cycle forms the heart of Sony’s new 6-CD Yo-Yo Ma reissue, which also has the American cellist performing Bach’s three Viola da Gamba Sonatas with harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper; transcriptions of Bach chorales and orchestral works plus cello concertos by Boccherini in collaboration with Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra; and, for good measure, concertos and other works by Boccherini and Johann Christian Bach with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra under Pinchas Zukerman. The Australian guitarist John Williams has long been universally recognized as “a true master”, to quote the Guardian. The centrepiece of Sony’s new reissue of his Bach recordings is formed by the Suites for solo lute. Also contained on these 4 CDs are Williams’s inspired transcriptions of the E major Violin Concerto (with the English Chamber Orchestra), preludes and fugues, chorales and movements from various suites. “John Williams is a superb technician,” wrote MusicWeb International, “and justifiably deserves the accolades heaped on him during his long career. His rendition of these works is most authoritative and executed with admirable fluidity.”


TRACKLIST

CD1

Lute Suite in E Minor, BWV 996 (Arr. J. Williams for Guitar)

1                  I. Passaggio - Presto

2                  II. Allemande

3                  III. Courante

4                  IV. Sarabande

5                  V. Bourrée

6                  VI. Gigue

 

Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E-Flat Major, BWV 998

7                  I. Prelude

8                  II. Fugue

9                  III. Allegro

 

Lute Suite No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 997

10                I. Preludio

11                II. Fuga

12                III. Sarabande

13                IV. Gigue

14                V. Double

 

CD2

Lute Suite in G Minor, BWV 995 (Arr. J. Williams for Guitar)

1                  I. Prelude - Presto

2                  II. Allemande

3                  III. Courante

4                  IV. Sarabande

5                  V. Gavottes I & II

6                  VI. Gigue

 

Lute Suite No. 4 in E Major, BWV 1006a

7                  I. Prélude

8                  II. Loure

9                  III. Gavotte en Rondeau

10                IV. Menuetts I & II

11                V. Bourrée

12                VI. Gigue

 

13                Prelude in C Minor, BWV 999 (Arr. J. Williams for Guitar)

14                Fugue in G Minor, BWV 1000 (Arr. J. Williams for Guitar)

 

CD3

Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042 (Arranged by John Williams for Guitar and Orchestra)

1                  I. Allegro

2                  II. Adagio

3                  III. Allegro assai

 

4                  Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: III. Andante (Arranged by John Williams for Guitar)

5                  Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: V. Chaconne (Transcribed for Guitar by John Williams)

 

Lute Suite No. 4 in E Major, BWV 1004

6                  I. Prelude

7                  II. Loure

8                  III. Gavotte

9                  IV & V: Menuetts I and II

10                VI. Bourrée

11                VII. Gigue

 

12                Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: I. Prélude (Transcribed for Guitar by John Williams)

13                Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1009: Bourrée I & II (Transcribed for Guitar by John Williams)

 

Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E-Flat Major, BWV 998

14                I. Präludium

15                II. Fuge

16                III. Allegro

 

CD4

1                  Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140: I. Chorale (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ)

2                  Fugue in G Major, BWV 577 "Gigue" (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ)

3                  Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: III. Adagio (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ)

 

Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530 (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ)

4                  I. Vivace

5                  II. Lento

6                  III. Allegro

 

7                  Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 971: I. - (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ)

8                  Pastorale in F Major, BWV 590: III. Adagio (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ)

9                  Trio in G Major, BWV 1027/4a (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ)

10                French Suite No. 6 in E Major, BWV 817: I. Allemande (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ)

11                English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807: VI. Bourrée II (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ)

12                English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808: Gavotte I & II (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ by John Williams)

13                French Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816: VII. Gigue (Transcribed for Guitar and Organ by John Williams)