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Bach On Fire

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Format:
Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
1
Availability:
Available
Release Date:
13-10-2014
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Barcode:
822533196223
Packaging:
Digipak
Catalog Number:
ARR31962
Bach On Fire
Bach On Fire

Description

Lily Afshar is an artist known for expanding the classical guitar repertoire. 'Bach on Fire' continues that tradition by introducing new and innovative guitar arrangements of J S Bach's Cello Suite Nos 1 & 3, Prelude, Fugue & Allegro (BWV998), Lute Suite No 4, and the famous realisation by Gounod of 'Ave Maria'.

Afshar's new versions allow for more interpretive phrasing and dynamic nuance and, ultimately, a more exciting performance. They are the result of many years of experimentation and watching students struggle to play Bach. Knowing that the amount of bass notes and poor fingerings posed a technical challenge for most players, Afshar employed techniques like cross-string fingerings to make the music sound as if it were written for the guitar.

"This recording offers a fresh approach to playing Bach," Afshar writes in the album's liner notes. "My purpose is to make Bach accessible to a wider audience and encourage guitarists to play them more. Many others have arranged Bach pieces for the guitar, but my arrangements are quite different."

Featuring compositions for originally written for lute, cello and keyboard, 'Bach on Fire' is a fast and fluid album brimming with familiar, beloved melodies with a twist - the timbre of the classical guitar, the tempi, and the sheer novelty of Afshar's arrangements.

Personnel: Lily Afshar (guitar)

"Afshar brings out the underlying dance feel to the music, giving it a fluidity, litheness and infectious bounce. Textures are delicate and busy, but quite enchanting. She is well able also to sustain a lovely singing line; and I suspect that some of the movements are technically quite challenging but Afshar's performance is delightfully laid back. This isn't a disc for the purist, but then again Bach did not write any guitar music. Instead we get a fresh modern take on Bach for the guitar and some fine playing." planethugill.com

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Lute Suite No. 4 in E Major, BMV 1006a: I. Prelude
  3. Lute Suite No. 4 in E Major, BMV 1006a: II. Loure
  4. Lute Suite No. 4 in E Major, BMV 1006a: III. Gavotte en Rondeau
  5. Lute Suite No. 4 in E Major, BMV 1006a: IV. Menuet I and II
  6. Lute Suite No. 4 in E Major, BMV 1006a: V. Bourree
  7. Lute Suite No. 4 in E Major, BMV 1006a: VI. Gigue
  8. Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007: I. Prelude
  9. Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007: II. Allenmande
  10. Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007: III. Courante
  11. Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007: IV. Sarabande
  12. Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007: V. Minuet l and ll
  13. Cello Suite No. 1, BWV 1007: VI. Gigue
  14. Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro, BMW 998: I. Prelude
  15. Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro, BMW 998: II. Fugue
  16. Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro, BMW 998: III. Allegro
  17. Cello Suite No. 3, BMW 1009: I. Prelude
  18. Cello Suite No. 3, BMW 1009: II. Allenmande
  19. Cello Suite No. 3, BMW 1009: III. Courante
  20. Cello Suite No. 3, BMW 1009: IV. Sarabande
  21. Cello Suite No. 3, BMW 1009: V. Bourree I and II
  22. Cello Suite No. 3, BMW 1009: VI. Gigue
  23. Ave Maria, Bach/Gounod
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