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John Williams Plays Bach (4CD)

John Williams Plays Bach (4CD)

by John Williams

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.”



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



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)



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



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)


John Williams - The Complete Album Collection (CD/DVD)

John Williams - The Complete Album Collection (CD/DVD)

by John Williams
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“Guitar Prince” John Williams’s complete recordings   The long wait is over for guitar-music aficionados. Sony Classical is now issuing the first-ever complete collection of recordings by the incomparable John Williams. This Original Jacket Collection comprises 57 original albums made over four decades, including his style-crossing collaborations and a DVD. And Williams’s recordings of more than 60 works will now be available on CD for the first time, all mastered from the original tapes. 


I. Praeludium
II. Loure
III. Gavotte
IV & V: Menuetts I and II
VI. Bourr̩e
VII. Gigue
Suite Espa̱ola No. 1, Op. 47: III. Sevilla
Recuerdos de La Alhambra
Fandanguillo, Op. 36
Hommage ÌÊ Tarrega: II. Soleares
El Testament d'Amelia
Scherzino Mexicano
El Colibri
-- Comp. 2
I. Allegro risoluto
II. Romanza - PiÌ_ tosto largo - Amorosamente
III. Andantino variato - Scherzando - Var. I-VI
Spanish Dance No. 5
Etude No. 8 in C-Sharp Minor
Homenaje a Debussy
I. Allegro con moto
II. Molto vivace
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
Sonata, Op. 77: IV. Vivo ed energico
-- Comp. 3
I. Allegro con spirito
II. Adagio
III. Allegro gentile
I. Allegretto
II. Andantino alla romanza
III. Ritmico e cavalleresco
-- Comp. 4
Diferencias sobre el Conde Claros
Paduana (From Suite No. 4)
La Volta
I. PrÌ_ludium
II. Fuge
III. Allegro
Sonata for Guitar, Op. 15: I. Allegro spiritoso
Prelude No. 4
Prelude No. 2
Ya llega el invierno
La coplilla
La pastora
-- Comp. 5
I. Villano y Ricercare - Adagietto
II. Espa̱oleta e Fanfare de la Caballeria de NÌÁpoles
III. Fanfare de la Caballeria de NÌÁpoles
IV. Danza de las Hachas
V. Canario
I. Allegro comodo
II. Lento
III. Molto vivace
-- Comp. 6
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Menuetto - Trio
IV. Finale - Presto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Minuetto and Trio - Allegro vivace
III. Andante larghetto
IV. Rondo - Allegretto
-- Comp. 7
Bach: Partita for Solo Violin No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: V. Chaconne
Queen Elizabeth, Her Galliard
Earle of Essex, High Marshall of England, His Galliard
Mounsiers Almaine
24 Caprices for Solo Violin, Op. 1: Caprice No. 24 in A Minor
Variations on a Theme by Handel, Op. 107
Variations on a Theme by Mozart, Op. 9
-- Comp. 8
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andantino siciliano
III. Alla polacca
I. Allegro giusto
II. Largo
III. Allegro
I. Allegro non molto
II. Larghetto
III. Allegro
-- Comp. 9
I Care Not For These Ladies
The Willow Song
When Laura Smiles
Fantasie No. 7
No. 1, The Big Chariot
No. 2, The Old Lute
No. 3, The Autumn Wind
No. 4, The Herd-Boy
No. 5, Depression
No. 6, Dance Song
Of All the Birds That I Do Know
Go To Bed, Sweet Muse
Melancholy Galliard
My Lady Hunsdon's Puffe
No. 1, Trotty Wagtail
No. 2, The Peasant Poet
No. 3, Turkeys
No. 4, The Fox
-- Comp. 10
Espa̱a, Op. 165: Tango
Tres Piezas Espa̱olas for Guitar: Fandango
Valses Po̩ticos
Piano Sonata in D Major, Op. 13
El sombrero de tres picos: The Corregidor's Dance
El sombrero de tres picos: Fisherman's Song
El sombrero de tres picos: The Miller's Dance
La Nit de Nadal
El Noi de La Mare
12 Tonadillas en estilo antiguo: La Maja de Goya
Cantos de Espa̱a, Op. 232: CÌ_rdoba
-- Comp. 11
AndalucÌ_a: I. Tou Pikramenou |He with the sorrow| AndalucÌ_a: II. Antonio Torres Heredia I |Capture of Antonito el Camborio| AndalucÌ_a: IV. Antonio Torres Heredia II |Death of Antonito el Camborio| AndalucÌ_a: III. Xamos apo Agapi |Death for Love| AndalucÌ_a: V. I Kalogria i Tsigana |The Gypsy Nun| AndalucÌ_a: VI. Tou Anemou ke tis Penemenis |The Wind and the Gypsy Girl| AndalucÌ_a: VII. I Pandermi |Desperately alone| Epitafios, No. 2: Heili mou Moskomyristo |Your Fragrant Lips| Epitafios, No. 3: Mera Magiou |A Day in May| Epitafios, No. 4: Vasilepses, Asteri mou |My Star, You Have Set| Epitafios, No. 6: Sto Parathyri stekosoun |You Stood at the Window| 3 Songs: To Gelasto Paidi |The Laughing Boy| 3 Songs: Silva
3 Songs: Irthan i Anthropoi |The One Who Was Taken by the Road| -- Comp. 12
I. Largo
II. Allegro moderato
III. Allegretto con variazone
Sonata No. 2: Largo
Duo Concertante
I. Larghetto
II. Allegretto moderato
III. Tempo di Menuetto
-- Comp. 13
I. Corant I
II. Alman
III. Corant II
I. Largo
II. Rondo
I. Cantabile
II. Theme and Variations
III. Waltz
Cantos de Espana, Op. 232: No. 4, CÌ_rdoba (Nocturne)
Goyescas: Intermezzo
Danza Espa̱ola No. 1
Pavane pour une infante d̩funte
-- Comp. 14
Chamber Concerto for Guitar
Sonata in E Major, K. 380, L. 23