J.S. Bach: Suites for Guitar

J.S. Bach: Suites for Guitar
Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist Luigi Attademo guitar
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94294
EAN code 5028421942940
Release November 2011

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J.S. Bach composed no original works for guitar, and although several compositions for lute have been attributed to him, his interest in this expressive instrument appears to have been rather limited, possibly because his mastery and knowledge of it was less extensive than of other instruments, such as the violin and keyboard.

However, the 20th century still witnessed an increasing interest in the possibility of performing Bach’s music on the guitar. It was in the late 1920s that Andrés Segovia recorded the Courante of the 3rd Cello Suite, and he followed this with the Chaconne from the Partita No.2 for solo violin, later recording the entire work. Julian Bream and Narciso Yepes also made recordings on the guitar of Bach’s music, but it was John Williams who eventually recorded the complete works for lute.

These discs focus particularly on Bach’s Suites for lute – including BWV996, now attributed to his pupil J.L. Krebs. Also included is the complete Partita No.2 for solo violin.

To ensure that questions of interpretation were considered thoroughly, these recordings were made following extensive study of 18th century performance practice, as well as secondary sources that discuss how Bach’s music was originally played.

OTHER INFORMATION:
- Booklet note
- Recording made in 2009–2010
- Attademo has also recorded Scarlatti’s Sonatas for Guitar for Brilliant Classics (9125)

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Suite, BWV 996 in E Minor: I. Preludio: Passaggio – Presto
  2. Suite, BWV 996 in E Minor: II. Allemande
  3. Suite, BWV 996 in E Minor: III. Courante
  4. Suite, BWV 996 in E Minor: IV. Sarabande
  5. Suite, BWV 996 in E Minor: V. Bourée
  6. Suite, BWV 996 in E Minor: VI. Giga
  7. Suite, BWV 1006 in E: I. Präludium
  8. Suite, BWV 1006 in E: II. Loure
  9. Suite, BWV 1006 in E: III. Gavotte en Rondeaux
  10. Suite, BWV 1006 in E: IV. Menuett I
  11. Suite, BWV 1006 in E: V. Menuett II
  12. Suite, BWV 1006 in E: VI. Bourée
  13. Suite, BWV 1006 in E: VII. Gigue
  14. Partita, BWV 1004 in D Minor: I. Allemanda
  15. Partita, BWV 1004 in D Minor: II. Corrente
  16. Partita, BWV 1004 in D Minor: III. Sarabanda
  17. Partita, BWV 1004 in D Minor: IV. Giga
  18. Partita, BWV 1004 in D Minor: V. Ciaccona

Disk 2

  1. Suite, BWV 995 in A Minor: I. Prelude
  2. Suite, BWV 995 in A Minor: II. Allemande
  3. Suite, BWV 995 in A Minor: III. Courante
  4. Suite, BWV 995 in A Minor: IV. Sarabande
  5. Suite, BWV 995 in A Minor: V. Gavotte I
  6. Suite, BWV 995 in A Minor: VI. Gavotte II en Rondeaux
  7. Suite, BWV 995 in A Minor: VII. Gigue
  8. Suite, BWV 997 in A Minor: I. Prelude
  9. Suite, BWV 997 in A Minor: II. Fuga
  10. Suite, BWV 997 in A Minor: III. Sarabande
  11. Suite, BWV 997 in A Minor: IV. Giga
  12. Suite, BWV 997 in A Minor: V. Double
  13. Suite, BWV 998 in D: I. Prelude
  14. Suite, BWV 998 in D: II. Fuga
  15. Suite, BWV 998 in D: III. Allegro
  16. Prelude for lute, BWV 999 in D Minor
  17. Fugue, BWV 1000 in A Minor