- Conductor: None
- Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
- Audio CD (31 Jan. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Naxos
- ASIN: B006O51CQG
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,394 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Bach: Guitar Transcriptions (Cello Suite No.4/ Violin Partita 2) (Naxos: 8.572740) CD
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From the nineteenth century transcriptions by Francisco Tárrega to those by John Duarte and Rick Foster, the tradition of performing J.S. Bachs music on the guitar has fashioned works of great beauty and transformative power. The two Chorale Preludes include the use of plucked strings, which impart serenity and clarity. The Cello Suite is especially well suited to the guitar, the aria-like beauty of its Sarabande being the height of elegance and nobility, whilst the Violin Partita No. 2, with its monumental Chaconne, translates to the guitar with hypnotic force. Graham Anthony Devine is one of the worlds foremost guitarists whose British Guitar Music (8.557040) was lauded as a winner in all respects beyond reproach. (MusicWeb International)
Top Customer Reviews
Diffcult music very well played, excellent selection, and well recorder
Stronly recommend it to guitarists wanting to expand their repertoire (though much here may be a step too far!), but to non guitarists who sadly do not know the capability of this wonderful instrument.
(Hopefully, this reviewer's name does not betray any particular bias!)
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English guitar virtuoso Graham Anthony Devine has joined a long list of his predecessors in recording an all Bach program. As mentioned in Graham Wade's always informative liner notes, transcriptions for guitar of Bach's music have been done since the 19th century, so the overtly familiar feel of the material presented here should come as no surprise.
What is surprising (at least, for someone unfamiliar with his work) is the beauty of Mr. Devine's playing; subtle and dynamic, his interpretations of music originally intended for cello, violin or chorus mark him as a worthy inheritor of a tradition founded by Tarrega and Segovia.
This recording is highly recommended to guitar students and lovers of baroque music, but would somebody please take a decent photograph of the artist? The picture included in the liner notes makes him look like a soccer hooligan who's sneaked backstage and stolen a guitar.
9 out of 10 Oscar O. Veterano