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Johann I'm Only Dancing

Red Priest Audio CD
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PIERS ADAMS – recorders
JULIA BISHOP – violin
ANGELA EAST – cello
DAVID WRIGHT – harpsichord

Founded in 1997, and named after the flame-haired priest, Antonio Vivaldi, Red Priest has given several hundred concerts in many of the world’s most prestigious festivals, including the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Moscow December Nights Festival, Schwetzingen ... Read more in Amazon's Red Priest Store

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  • Performer: Piers Adams (recorders), Julia Bishop (Violin), Angela East (cello), Howard Beach (Harpsichord)
  • Orchestra: Red Priest
  • Conductor: none
  • Composer: J S Bach
  • Audio CD (1 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red Priest Recordings
  • ASIN: B0035KTIM8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Preludio BWV 1006
2. Andante BWV 1034
3. Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565
4. Prelude in D major BWV 1012
5. Largo e Dolce BWV 1032
6. Prelude in G minor BWV 885
7. Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV 847
8. Allegro BWV 1033
9. Sonata in A minor BWV 1020
10. Arioso BWV 1056
11. Bourrée and Sarabande BWV 807
12. Introduction and Gigue BWV 912
13. Minuet and Badinerie BWV 1067
14. Largo BWV 1043
15. Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 in G major BWV 1048

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must be heard to be belived 16 Mar 2010
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Red Priest bring a fresh exciting spin to the music of J S Bach in this their new Cd Johann I'm only Dancing. The side ways reference to the David Bowie 70s classic in the title to appropriate. This is music that will have you in the mind to jig around to the virtuoso playing of Piers Adams (recorders) Julia Bishop (violin) Angela East (cello) and Howard Beach (Harpsichord). They bring an amazing style of playing that owes much to the true meaning of Baroque rather than the strictly regimented style of so many orchestral exponents. The speed changes , the power varies and the musicianship is outstanding. I think the Johann of the title, once he got over the initial shock , would firstly recognise this style of playing but would most certainly approve wholeheartedly of what Red Priest are doing.

To hear what they do with the music is wonderful but to see them in performance is even better. I recently saw then touring with this album in Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire where they succeeded in amazing a packed audience with a full performance of this new album and this resulted in a busy rush on the CD sales table at the end of the performance. Go and see them if you have the chance but don't join the line to purchase a copy after the show buy it now and get it on your cd player or Ipod as soon as possible and you too will join the growing number of baroque music aficionados who are fans of Red Priest.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Red Priestery 15 Mar 2010
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Once again this fabulous quartet works its magic, achieving everything from stretching a solo violin partita to music for four, right down to reducing a Brandenburg Concerto for the same: the disc is a wonderful mix of well-known popular Bach tracks and more obscure works, sweet and lyrical music and lively romps. As ever, the playing is dazzling - as a recorder player myself I am always particularly blown away by Piers Adams' speed and accuracy, but all four players work together beautifully. It's not by any means purist baroque performance, but it has wit, verve and charm, and is accessible, very musical in its own right, and great fun to listen to.
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One of the questions that are frequently asked about arrangements of the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, is would he have approved of this recording?
I'd say of course he would. He was fond of re-arranging his own works and those of others, including Vivaldi, the inspiration for the name of Red Priest, as this was how Vivaldi was known.
I have for several years, loved JS,'s arrangement for 4 harpsichords of Vivaldi's violin concerto, imagining him sending out notes to his friends and sons, to 'come on and have a jam session, I've transcribed this cool concerto for FOUR harpsichords'.
I've spent years playing and singing Bach and one of the remarkable aspects of his writing is the intricate and interesting inner parts - which made singing the alto and tenor lines in choral pieces much more challenging.
You can play various pieces forwards, backwards, retrograde, turned inside out and it still works. This is because old JS was a genius.
On reading various interviews at the Red Priest website, their approach is to try to play without music, heart on sleeve, gypsy like spontaneity, which with JS's music works beautifully. Of course, you have to take into account the fact Piers Adams the recorder(s) player is a virtuoso. His purity of tone, amazing articulation and jaw-dropping technique is a revelation.
If your children are starting the recorder and you hate the sound, think again and listen to Piers Adams.
The first piece, The Prelude from the Suite for Lute is very well known, but polished up to brilliance with each part as clear as a bell.
I think the magic is in the phrasing. Julia Bishop, the violinist has a jazzy side and an enticingly languid style. Angela East's cello playing is warm and equally as virtuosic as Piers Adams.
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun and good but not a masterpiece 5 April 2012
By sanyata
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some people knock this ensemble because it experiments and isnt orthodox. im not one.
i love the idea of experimenting with baroque. i think its much the way that baroque artists actually wanted their music used. im all for it.

but that said, bachs music lends itself less well to experimentation than does vivaldis. as jarrouskky once said, vivaldi is like fireworks, like a champagne. bach is more mudular, steady and perhaps austere. also much of the music rendered here sounds decidedly better when done with orchestra, rather than just four musicians. and the recorder, which is used on almost all tracks, is again more of a tenor instrument in vivaldi than it is with bach. AND one last criticim: the sound on this cd is not top notch. that is perhaps what this unorthodox emsemble could affort.

but all of that said, this is fun, speedy, original and good in many ways. i enjoyed the album and certainly considered the money well spent. i just didn't get carried away like some of the other reviewers and i must say, that while the music is good, it certainly muns't "must be heard to be believed". it doesn't break the paradigm of speedy baroque recordings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational! 15 Jun 2010
By Earl. E. Musik - Published on Amazon.com
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As is with ALL Red Priest CDs, there is nothing going on quite like what this quartet has to offer. Piers Adams keeps pushing his recorders into new territory, expressing new viewpoints of what Baroque music is. There is particularly great interplay between the musicians--most obviously the rhythmic twists and turns in their arrangements. Perhaps the highest compliment I can pay is that some great musicians make you feel like throwing your instrument away. Piers Adams makes you want to pick it up and challenge yourself to play much better. That is musical inspiration.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Fun Fun! 2 Jan 2013
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I have seen Red Priest twice in concert and they bring a great spirit of fun and verve to baroque music. This is not shocking because the music from that era was full of energy. Red Priest is not afraid to jazz it up a bit and this CD reflects their entertaining attitude. Perhaps not for purists but this CD rocks!
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok, but not earthshaking 22 April 2011
By A. K. Jhangiani - Published on Amazon.com
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I heard a live concert by the Red Priest on the local radio station and it was sensational. So, I ordered this album and was surprised that it was not as fluid and harmonic as the live version. Also, the tracks were too short to do justice to my hero, JS Bach.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album! 16 Mar 2010
By Music Nerd - Published on Amazon.com
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These folks prove it for once and for all:

My my hey hey, Baroque and Roll is here to stay!
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