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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic disc, 2 Sep 2010
This review is from: Bach: Trio Sonatas BWV525-530 (Audio CD)
Please note: This is a review of the recording by The Purcell Quartet Bach: Trio Sonatas BWV525-530. Amazon have mistakenly added it to the page for London Baroque's recording, too, where it doesn't apply.

This is an absolute cracker of a CD, I think. The Purcell Quartet have been making wonderful, highly acclaimed recordings for well over a quarter of a century now. This one is exceptionally good even by their own enormously high standard.

The works are transcriptions of six of Bach's Organ Sonatas (BWV525-530 to be precise) by Richard Boothby, the ensemble's excellent viola da gamba player. He has made a really good job of bringing these wonderful pieces to a wider audience (including me, as I'm not much of a fan of organ music). This is, of course, very much in Bach's own idiom - he was an inveterate arranger and recycler and a couple of the movements from these sonatas appear in his cantatas and concertos. Boothby's transcriptions are ingenious and varied, which maintains one's interest throughout while keeping the music unmistakably Bach. It is exemplary work and I think Bach would thoroughly have approved.

The Purcell Quartet play together with a delightful empathy both with the music and each other, and the music absolutely glows. The performances are simply terrific. It has been sheer pleasure to me to find unfamiliar and wonderful works by Bach played so well.

I really don't know what more to say other than that this has become one of my very favourite Bach discs in a pretty extensive collection. The recorded sound is excellent and the notes extremely interesting. It's an outstanding disc all round and very warmly recommended.
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Initial post: 7 Sep 2010 20:49:28 BDT
r.b. says:
An accurate review - i too have this excellent cd and these transcriptions may actually be closer to what Bach had in mind in the first place.Modern scholarship is now very much in the belief that the organ versions of these works are actually transcriptions themselves of lost chamber ensemble originals,most likely for 2 violins or violin with wind instrument and bass continuo.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2013 21:49:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jun 2013 21:49:53 BDT
seacalypso says:
Sorry Sid, but this CD is by London Baroque not The Purcell Quartet. Excellent review nonetheless!

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2013 06:40:32 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jun 2013 06:40:44 BDT
Sid Nuncius says:
Hello, Seacalypso (great name!),
I'm sorry to contradict you, but this one is definitely by The Purcell Quartet. Honest! I'm glad you like the review, though - thanks.
Regards
Sid

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jul 2013 20:42:38 BDT
seacalypso says:
Hi Sid

I think that your review for the Trio Sonatas by Bach has been added in two places on Amazon - your Purcell Quartet review is also listed under Trio Sonatas by London Baroque. This is where I originally saw it. Hence the potential confusion sorry!

Keep up your great reviews, I find them very informative.

Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jul 2013 07:14:54 BDT
Sid Nuncius says:
Gosh - you're right! Thanks for the tip-off. I've amended the review and informed Amazon.

I'm glad you find the reviews helpful. Thanks for the kind words.
Sid.
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