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This CD is a landmark in the world of classical guitar.,
This review is from: Galbraith Plays Bach: Vio. Son. & P (Audio CD)
This CD is a landmark in the world of classical guitar recording. In addition to the extaordinary sound produced by Galbraith's 8-sting guitar, the recording features playing of the highest musical and technical standards. In an age where the ability of the performer and the quality of a recording have become somewhat detatched, the prospective buyer can take some comfort from the knowledge that Galbraith has played the entire content of this double CD live on several occasions - notably in the Edinburgh International Festival in 1996.
The disc features Galbraith's own transcriptions of the six sonatas and partitas for solo violin - three of each in alternate pairs. Galbraith explains in the liner notes his intuition that Bach percieved these as a single work, a "suite of suites" representative of the birth, passion and resurrection of Christ. He outlines his reasons for this feeling (citing musical references) far better in his notes than a review of this size could hope to achieve. Whether or not one cares to take this on board, the performance leaves no room for doubt that Galbraith believes this. His rendition of the Chaconne (Partita No. 2), representing the "the way of the cross" contains an undeniable emotional charge. This movement forms the centre-piece of the work as a whole. It is impossible to escape the feeling that one has been through the mill after an attentive listening to this 20-mintue track. Fortunately, the contrasting happiness of the Allegro Assai from the following Sonata and the Prelude to Partita No. 3 provide a failsafe antidote.
For lovers of Bach or of classical guitar music this CD is a must buy!