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J.S. Bach: Guitar Transcriptions / Graham Anthony Devine

> 18 Chorales, BWV 651-668, "Leipziger Chorale": Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 (arr. G.A. Devine for guitar) - 18 Chorales, BWV 651-668, "Leipziger Chorale": Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 (arr. G.A. Devine for guitar)
> Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 (arr. G.A. Devine for guitar) - I. Prelude
> Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 (arr. G.A. Devine for guitar) - II. Allemande
> Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 (arr. G.A. Devine for guitar) - III. Courante
> Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 (arr. G.A. Devine for guitar) - IV. Sarabande
> Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 (arr. G.A. Devine for guitar) - V. Bourrees I-II
> Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 (arr. G.A. Devine for guitar) - VI. Gigue
> Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (arr. G.A. Devine for guitar) - Das Orgelbuchlein, BWV 599-644: Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (arr. G.A. Devine for guitar)
> Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesus bleibet meine Freude (arr. G.A. Devine for guitar) - Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesus bleibet meine Freude (arr. G.A. Devine for guitar)
> Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (arr. G.A. Devine for guitar) - I. Allemanda
> Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (arr. G.A. Devine for guitar) - II. Corrente
> Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (arr. G.A. Devine for guitar) - III. Sarabanda
> Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (arr. G.A. Devine for guitar) - IV. Giga
> Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (arr. G.A. Devine for guitar) - V. Ciaccona
> Anna Magdalena Notenbuch (Clavier-Buchlein III): Bist du bei mir, BWV 508 (attrib. G.H. Stolzel) (arr. G.A. Devine for guitar) - Anna Magdalena Notenbuch (Clavier-Buchlein III): Bist du bei mir, BWV 508 (attrib. G.H. Stolzel) (arr. G.A. Devine for guitar)

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1124
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Bist du bei mir, aria arranged for voice & continuo (after Gottfried Stölzel), BWV 508
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Notes & Reviews:

From the nineteenth century transcriptions by Francisco Tárrega to those by John Duarte and Rick Foster, the tradition of performing J.S. Bach's music on the guitar has fashioned works of great beauty and transformative power. The two Chorale Preludes include the use of plucked strings, which impart serenity and clarity. The Cello Suite is especially well suited to the guitar, the aria-like beauty of its Sarabande being the height of elegance and nobility, whilst the Violin Partita No. 2, with its monumental Chaconne, translates to the guitar with hypnotic force. Graham Anthony Devine is one of the world's foremost guitarists whose British Guitar Music (8.557040) was lauded as 'a winner in all respects... beyond reproach'. (MusicWeb International)

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. Thomas a Becket Church, Pagham, West Sussex, Englan (07/21/2010-07/23/2010).



Reviews

A Devine Touch
Graham Anthony Devine – J.S.BACH – GUITAR TRANSCRIPTIONS – Naxos

English guitar virtuoso Graham Anthony Devine has joined a long list of his predecessors in recording an all Bach program. As mentioned in Graham Wade’s always informative liner notes, transcriptions for guitar of Bach’s music have been done since the 19th century, so the overtly familiar feel of the material presented here should come as no surprise.
What is surprising (at least, for someone unfamiliar with his work) is the beauty of Mr. Devine’s playing; subtle and dynamic, his interpretations of music originally intended for cello, violin or chorus mark him as a worthy inheritor of a tradition founded by Tarrega and Segovia.
This recording is highly recommended to guitar students and lovers of baroque music, but would somebody please take a decent photograph of the artist? The picture included in the liner notes makes him look like a soccer hooligan who’s sneaked backstage and stolen a guitar.

9 out of 10 Oscar O. Veterano

Submitted on 03/23/12 by Oscar O. Veterano 
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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659
  • Performer: Graham Devine (Guitar)
  • Notes: St. Thomas a Becket Church, Pagham, West Sussex, England (07/21/2010-07/23/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010
  • Performer: Graham Devine (Guitar)
  • Notes: St. Thomas a Becket Church, Pagham, West Sussex, England (07/21/2010-07/23/2010)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1124
  • Performer: Graham Devine (Guitar)
  • Notes: St. Thomas a Becket Church, Pagham, West Sussex, England (07/21/2010-07/23/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1713-1715

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147 :: Jesus bliebet meine Freude
  • Performer: Graham Devine (Guitar)
  • Notes: St. Thomas a Becket Church, Pagham, West Sussex, England (07/21/2010-07/23/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
  • Performer: Graham Devine (Guitar)
  • Notes: St. Thomas a Becket Church, Pagham, West Sussex, England (07/21/2010-07/23/2010)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Bist du bei mir, aria arranged for voice & continuo (after Gottfried Stölzel), BWV 508
  • Performer: Graham Devine (Guitar)
  • Notes: St. Thomas a Becket Church, Pagham, West Sussex, England (07/21/2010-07/23/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1722-1725