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Béla Fleck is often considered the premier banjo player in the world. A New York City native, he picked up the banjo at age 15 after being awed by the bluegrass music of Flatt & Scruggs. While still in high school he began experimenting with playing bebop jazz on his banjo, mentored by fellow banjo renegade Tony Trischka. In 1980, he released his first solo album, Crossing the ... Read more in Amazon's Bela Fleck Store

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  • Performer: Chris Thile, Béla Fleck, Evelyn Glennie, Gary Hoffman, Joshua Bell, et al.
  • Composer: Domenico Scarlatti, Johann Sebastian Bach, Claude Debussy, Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin
  • Audio CD (17 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B00005QX7E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,831 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. "Keyboard Sonata in C Major (K. 159, L. 104)"
2. Two-Part Invention No. 13 (BWV 784)
3. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum from Children's Corner
4. "Mazurka in F-sharp Minor, Op. 59, No. 3"
5. Pr?lude from Partita No. 3 for Solo Violin (BWV 1006)
6. "Etude in C-sharp minor, Op. 10, No. 4"
7. "Mazurka in F-sharp minor, Op. 6, No. 1"
8. Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 10 (BWV 796)
9. Melody in E-flat
10. Presto in G minor I after Bach from Five Studies for Piano arrangement of J.S. Bach: Finale from Solo Violin Sonata (BWV 1001)
11. Pr?lude from Suite for Unaccompanied Cello No. 1 (BWV 1007)
12. Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 15 (BWV 801)
13. "Moto Perpetuo, Op. 11, No. 2"
14. "Keyboard Sonata in D minor (K. 213, L. 108)"
15. Two-Part Invention No. 6 (BWV 777)
16. "Adagio sostenuto from Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 ""Moonlight"""
17. Two-Part Invention No. 11 (BWV 782)
18. "Seven Variations on ""God Save the King"""
19. Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia) No. 7 (BWV 793)
20. "Moto Perpetuo, Op. 11, No. 2 (Bluegrass version)"

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David M. Webster on 2 Feb 2008
Format: Audio CD
Nice to see that Bela has expanded his classical repertoire from the single piece that he used to play on stage (and on his DVD).
Having been a fan of his for many years and having been fortunate enough to catch him "Live" at The Mean Fiddler" in Harlesden a few years ago, I am delighted to see him go from strength to strength.
He has also moved The Banjo from what was perceived by many to be an instrument of derision to a thing of considerable beauty!

Let's face it, Bela could play anything, if he set his mind to it.His ability and talent seem boundless.

I look forward with anticipation to see where he decides to go from here.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bob Zeidler on 21 Aug 2003
Format: Audio CD
Prediction: This new "Perpetual Motion" compilation by Fleck and friends will win a Grammy for best classical crossover album. By a - if you'll excuse the expression - country mile.
Béla Fleck, sometimes whimsically called "the Bartók of the banjo" (his full given name is Béla Anton Leos Fleck, for composers Bartók, Dvorak and Janácek) is - on this new album - "the Bach of the banjo" for nearly half of its 20 tracks. Collaborating with an all-star group of classical and roots musicians, Béla has come up with a delightful surprise of an album. Made up of - more or less - equal parts good cheer, tasteful and fitting arrangements of classical chamber music for novel groups of instruments, and just plain down and dirty fun, this album is sure to appeal to both "traditional" Fleck fans and classical music lovers of all stripes.
Once again, as on some previous projects, Fleck's main artisitc partner in the enterprise is Edgar Meyer (that man who can do absolutely anything with a string bass), whose roles here include not only instrumental contributions but repertoire suggestions and arrangements as well. The two of them team up to good effect in Bach's Two-Part Invention No. 6, BWV 777, and, with Edgar on piano, in a more-or-less "straight" version of Paganini's "Moto Perpetuo."
Of the other collaborators on this album (and there are several, including classical guitarist John Williams, cellist Gary Hoffman and mandolinist Chris Thile), special mention must go to percussionist Evelyn Glennie on marimba, for her delicately-shaded work on several of the Bach Inventions, and to Joshua Bell on violin (and Hoffman on cello) for a ravishing take on Debussy's "Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum" from his Children's Corner suite.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Welk on 11 Dec 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is an eccentric but rather fine recording with an array of wonderful musicians supporting Bela Fleck. I have never heard the banjo played in this way before - it is a revelation. The selection of music is firmly within the classical pops but the instrumentation and arrangements provide harmonies that are quite new. Well worth buying and great fun.
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Aly Bain, one of the two musical directors of the BBC's wonderful "Transatlantic Sessions", when speaking about the high level of technical difficulty there is in playing Bluegrass music, says that many Bluegrass musicians "Practice Bach". Bela Fleck is a Bluegrass musician "par excellence" who happens to play banjo. Forget the comical image that the banjo has in the minds of many. This album is a showcase of brilliant classical jewels played by Bela Fleck, banjoist without peer, together with well known top flight classical instrumentalists such as John Williams and Evelyn Glennie and others of whom I have not heard but who do not disappoint, and neither does Edgar Meyer on bass who encouraged Bela to explore the classics. There is not one track here that is not a gem. I have loved the Classics since I was a boy, particularly Baroque although my first love was the music of Beethoven. Music by Scarlatti, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Paganini all feature. It is only recently that I have discovered Bluegrass and thus Bela Fleck.

If you are a lover of the classics, do not be put off from buying this album. The very first track, Scarlatti's keyboard sonata in C Major played by Bela with Chris Thile on Mandolin somehow, in my mind anyway, conjures a picture of beautiful crystal cut glass sparkling in sunlight. It is simply gorgeous. The quality continues right through to the last track which is a Bluegrass version of Paganini's Perpetual Motion and I have to confess it makes me smile whilst admiring the sheer technical expertise. Bela plays the same piece earlier and he plays it straight.
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