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Bach

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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
>     Badinerie
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068
>     Air
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Solo Cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007
>     Prélude
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord no 2 in E flat major, BWV 1031
>     Siciliano
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Flute solo in A minor, BWV 1013
>     Allemande
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080
>     Contrapunctus
>Galliano, Richard : Aria for accordion, string quartet & double bass

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Solo Cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord no 2 in E flat major, BWV 1031
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Flute solo in A minor, BWV 1013
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080
>Galliano, Richard : Aria for accordion, string quartet & double bass
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Notes & Reviews:

French jazz accordionist richard galliano's records his first classical album ever His first album on deutsche grammophon is devoted to a composer with whom he has always felt close: 'i began and continued my studies with bach. I played a good many of the preludes and fugues from the well-tempered clavier, the italian concerto and many other works..but as far as recording is concerned, i didn't 'start' with bach, it's true. For me, this disc represents the culmination of 45 years of 'all-terrain' musical experience.' For this album richard galliano has chosen works originally written for cello, oboe, violin, keyboard and for flute, arranged them for accordion with the accompaniment of five collaborators: violinists jean-marc phillips and sébastien surel, the viola player jean-marc apap, cellist raphaël pidoux and the double-bassist stéphane logerot

"Although Richard Galliano’s versatile talent crosses every conceivable musical border, this DGG CD is definitely in the classical genre. Bach always sounds terrific on whatever instrument it is played, and there have been other accordionists who have done Bach transcriptions. But Galliano has added a string quartet with a bassist. These are not jazzed-up Bach treatments but just a new interpretation of some classic Bach selections with the accordion substituting for a violin, harpsichord, flute, oboe, organ, what have you." -Audiophile Audition

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Notre Dame du Liban, Paris, France (09/01/2009-09/02/2009); Paris, Notre Dame du Liban (09/01/2009-09/02/2009); Notre Dame du Liban, Paris, France (09/01/2009/09/02/2009); Paris, Notre Dame du Liban (09/01/2009/09/02/2009).

French accordionist and bandoneon player Richard Galliano has spent much of his career demonstrating that his instruments can be employed not only in the service of folk music, but also to play jazz. His long tenure on Dreyfus Records was spent in that endeavor, but with Deutsche Grammophon, the venerable classical label, he naturally takes a different tack, here adapting himself to the demands of Johann Sebastian Bach. The substitution of accordion for keyboard instruments, notably in the three-part Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1056 and Contrepoint 1 -- L'Art de la Fugue en Ré Majeur, BWV 1080, is a natural, yet Galliano does not stop there. He also replaces the violin in the three-part Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, BWV 1041 and the Concerto for Violin, Oboe, and Strings in D Minor, BWV 1060; the cello in the "Prélude" movement of the Suite for Cello Solo No. 1 in G, BWV 1007; and the flute in the "Allemande" section of the Partita for Solo Flute in A Minor, BWV 1013. These pieces written for strings and a reed require a fluidity of playing that Galliano succeeds in reproducing on his keys. And there are gains in his choice of instrument, notably in the slow "Largo" movement of the harpsichord concerto, since the accordion's notes have a longer decay than those for the harpsichord, giving greater resonance to the music. Galliano is ably accompanied by a chamber orchestra consisting of two violins (Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian and Sébastien Surel), viola (Jean-Marc Apap), cello (Raphaël Pidoux), and bass (Stéphane Logerot). But they only provide support, and often they drop out entirely as Galliano re-creates the majesty of Bach's music on his accordion, proving its worth as a formal instrument, just as he has previously as a jazz axe. ~ William Ruhlmann



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 :: Badinerie
  • Performers: Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabedian (Violin); Raphaël Pidoux (Cello); Sébastien Surel (Violin); Stéphane Logerot (Double Bass); Jean-Marc Apap (Viola); Richard Galliano (Accordion); Richard Galliano (Bandoneon)
  • Notes: Paris, Notre Dame du Liban (09/01/2009/09/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
  • Performers: Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabedian (Violin); Raphaël Pidoux (Cello); Sébastien Surel (Violin); Stéphane Logerot (Double Bass); Jean-Marc Apap (Viola); Richard Galliano (Accordion); Richard Galliano (Bandoneon)
  • Notes: Paris, Notre Dame du Liban (09/01/2009/09/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068 :: Air
  • Performers: Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabedian (Violin); Raphaël Pidoux (Cello); Sébastien Surel (Violin); Stéphane Logerot (Double Bass); Jean-Marc Apap (Viola); Richard Galliano (Bandoneon); Richard Galliano (Accordion)
  • Notes: Paris, Notre Dame du Liban (09/01/2009/09/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Solo Cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 :: Prélude
  • Performers: Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabedian (Violin); Raphaël Pidoux (Cello); Sébastien Surel (Violin); Stéphane Logerot (Double Bass); Jean-Marc Apap (Viola); Richard Galliano (Accordion); Richard Galliano (Bandoneon)
  • Notes: Paris, Notre Dame du Liban (09/01/2009/09/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056
  • Performers: Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabedian (Violin); Raphaël Pidoux (Cello); Sébastien Surel (Violin); Stéphane Logerot (Double Bass); Jean-Marc Apap (Viola); Richard Galliano (Accordion); Richard Galliano (Bandoneon)
  • Notes: Paris, Notre Dame du Liban (09/01/2009/09/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord no 2 in E flat major, BWV 1031 :: Siciliano
  • Performers: Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabedian (Violin); Raphaël Pidoux (Cello); Sébastien Surel (Violin); Stéphane Logerot (Double Bass); Jean-Marc Apap (Viola); Richard Galliano (Accordion); Richard Galliano (Bandoneon)
  • Notes: Paris, Notre Dame du Liban (09/01/2009/09/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730-1734

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Flute solo in A minor, BWV 1013 :: Allemande
  • Performers: Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabedian (Violin); Raphaël Pidoux (Cello); Sébastien Surel (Violin); Stéphane Logerot (Double Bass); Jean-Marc Apap (Viola); Richard Galliano (Bandoneon); Richard Galliano (Accordion)
  • Notes: Paris, Notre Dame du Liban (09/01/2009/09/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722-1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060
  • Performers: Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabedian (Violin); Raphaël Pidoux (Cello); Sébastien Surel (Violin); Stéphane Logerot (Double Bass); Jean-Marc Apap (Viola); Richard Galliano (Accordion); Richard Galliano (Bandoneon)
  • Notes: Paris, Notre Dame du Liban (09/01/2009/09/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1921

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 :: Contrapunctus
  • Performers: Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabedian (Violin); Raphaël Pidoux (Cello); Sébastien Surel (Violin); Stéphane Logerot (Double Bass); Jean-Marc Apap (Viola); Richard Galliano (Bandoneon); Richard Galliano (Accordion)
  • Notes: Paris, Notre Dame du Liban (09/01/2009/09/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Galliano, Richard : Aria for accordion, string quartet & double bass
  • Performers: Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabedian (Violin); Raphaël Pidoux (Cello); Sébastien Surel (Violin); Stéphane Logerot (Double Bass); Jean-Marc Apap (Viola); Richard Galliano (Accordion); Richard Galliano (Bandoneon)
  • Notes: Paris, Notre Dame du Liban (09/01/2009/09/02/2009)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary