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J.S. Bach: Arranged for Guitar - French Suite no 5; English Suite no 3; Suite, BWV 996 / Peter & Zóltan Katona, guitar

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 3 in G minor, BWV 808
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for Lute in E flat major, BWV 998
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for lute in E minor, BWV 996

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 3 in G minor, BWV 808
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for Lute in E flat major, BWV 998
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for lute in E minor, BWV 996
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

On this disc, the Katona Twins perform two duets and two solo works by J.S. Bach. The duets were originally composed for the harpsichord and the solo pieces were originally for the lute. Because of the complexity and difficulty of lute works, many support the idea that these works were written for an instrument called the Lautenwerk or lute-harpsichord (a small harpsichord with a similarly shaped body to that of a lute). We know that Bach possessed at least two of these instruments, according to the inventory of instruments made at his death. Critically acclaimed by the Absolute Sound for their "fabulous guitar technique and highly refined musical instincts," Peter and Zoltán Katona approach these works from a fresh and vibrant perspective.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
The two keyboard transcriptions are both arranged for the duo. Their playing is beautiful. The Katonas are still exciting. The Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro and the lute suite are both played as composed, as solos. Both performances are very fine. Still a worthy addition to their discography.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Doopsgezinde Kerk, Deventer (09/2012).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816
  • Ensemble: Katona Twins
  • Notes: Composition written: 1722.
  • Running Time: 16 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : English Suite no 3 in G minor, BWV 808
  • Ensemble: Katona Twins
  • Running Time: 14 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for Lute in E flat major, BWV 998
  • Ensemble: Katona Twins
  • Running Time: 12 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1740-1745

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for lute in E minor, BWV 996
  • Ensemble: Katona Twins
  • Running Time: 14 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: after 1712