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Bach – The Lute Suites

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Catalogue numberBIS-2285 SACD
Release date2019-06-10
Discs1
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time82:45

The universal appeal of the music of Johannes Sebastian Bach is such that most musicians, regardless of their instrument, long to play it. As a consequence, his works are constantly being arranged for other instruments – following a practice that Bach himself excelled at, repeatedly reworking his own music as well as that of others. A case in point are the four so-called lute suites, all of which now belong to the standard repertoire of most concert guitarists. To what extent they were originally composed for a plucked instrument has always been a matter of contention and has given rise to many hypotheses. They hail from various periods in Bach’s career, and range from youthful elan (BWV 996) by way of the zenith of artistic creativity (BWV 995, 1006a) to serene maturity (BWV 997). For this recording, Franz Halász has himself transcribed two of the suites, performing the others in arrangements by Ansgar Krause. For reasons of practicality, the suites in G minor and C minor are usually transposed when played on the guitar, but the present arrangements have made it possible to record all four works in their original keys for the first time on the guitar. An unusually generous playing time furthermore allows them to be collected on a single disc. Franz Halász appears on a number of acclaimed discs for BIS, in a wide-ranging repertoire including Bach’s three sonatas for solo violin, which he, according to one reviewer makes ‘entirely his own’ (BBC Music Magazine).
 
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  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Suite in G minor, BWV 995 (arr. F. Halász) 24:01
01 Prelude 05:27 $ 1.31 USD
02 Allemande 05:40 $ 1.36 USD
03 Courante 02:20 $ 0.56 USD
04 Sarabande 02:43 $ 0.65 USD
05 Gavottes I & II 05:03 $ 1.21 USD
06 Gigue 02:48 $ 0.67 USD
 
  Suite (Partita) in C minor, BWV 997 (arr. Ansgar Krause) 21:32
07 Prelude (Fantasia) 03:20 $ 0.80 USD
08 Fugue 07:08 $ 1.71 USD
09 Sarabande 04:49 $ 1.16 USD
10 Gigue - Double 06:15 $ 1.50 USD
 
  Suite (Partita) in E major, BWV 1006 (arr. Ansgar Krause) 19:46
11 Prelude 03:45 $ 0.90 USD
12 Loure 03:37 $ 0.87 USD
13 Gavotte en Rondeau 03:12 $ 0.77 USD
14 Menuets I & II 05:08 $ 1.23 USD
15 Bourrée 01:53 $ 0.45 USD
16 Gigue 02:11 $ 0.52 USD
 
  Suite in E minor, BWV 996 (arr. F. Halász) 17:13
17 Prelude 02:42 $ 0.65 USD
18 Allemande 03:14 $ 0.78 USD
19 Courante 02:36 $ 0.62 USD
20 Sarabande 03:52 $ 0.93 USD
21 Bourrée 01:21 $ 0.32 USD
22 Gigue 03:28 $ 0.83 USD
 
  Album total 82:45
GuitarHalász, Franz
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
ArrangerHalász, Franz
Krause, Ansgar

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