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Perpetual Motion

Album Summary

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 159/L 104
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 13 in A minor, BWV 784
>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 38 in F sharp minor, Op. 59/3, CT. 88
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
>Chopin, Frédéric : Etude for piano no 4 in C sharp minor, Op. 10/4, CT. 17
>Chopin, Frédéric : Mazurka for piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 6/1, CT. 51
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 10 in G major, BWV 796
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Souvenir d'un lieu cher
>Brahms, Johannes : Studies (5) for piano, Anh. 1a/1
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 15 in B minor, BWV 801
>Paganini, Niccolò : Moto perpetuo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 11
>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 213/L 108
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention, for keyboard no 6 in E major, BWV 777 (BC L47)
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 11 in G minor, BWV 782
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (7) for Piano in C major on "God Save the King", WoO 78
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard no 7 in E minor, BWV 793 (BC L48)
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Notes & Reviews:

Personnel includes: Bela Fleck (banjo); Joshua Bell (violin); Gary Hoffman (cello); Evelyn Glennie (marimba); Edgar Meyer (piano, bass); John Williams (guitar); Bryan Sutton (steel string guitar); Chris Thile (mandolin).

Engineers include: Robert Battaglia, Richard Battaglia, Steve Orchard.

Recorded at Avatar, Peacock Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee; Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, England; Avatar Studios, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by Bela Fleck.

PERPETUAL MOTION won the 2002 Grammy Award For Best Classical Crossover Album. "Doctor Gardus Ad Parnassum" won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement.

Personnel: Béla Fleck (banjo); John Williams , John "Buddy" Williams , Bryan Sutton (guitar); Chris Thile (mandolin); Joshua Bell (violin); Gary Hoffman (cello); Edgar Meyer (piano); Evelyn Glennie (marimba).

Recording information: Avatar Recording Studios, New York, NY; Lyndhurst Hall, Air Studios, London, England; Peacock Gardens, Nashville, TN.

When thinking of classical music of the 18th and 19th centuries, one instrument that rarely jumps to mind is the banjo, and that is putting it mildly. With PERPETUAL MOTION, a collection of unique arrangements of pieces by the likes of Bach, Beethoven and Chopin, Bela Fleck may have changed that perception permanently. Though "chops man" or "shredder" might have been the more common description of the chief Flecktone in the past, here he has handily earned the more traditional musical accolades "maestro" and "virtuoso." Egged on by fellow crossover musician and good friend, bassist Edgar Meyer, Mr. Fleck put in much time listening to a great deal of pieces, chose what he liked and set to work on creating renditions. Except for key changes to fit his instrument's range, these versions are remarkably faithful. To his credit he gives generous space to his accompanists, a stellar cast of instrumentalists including violinist Joshua Bell, percussionist Evelyn Glennie and guitarist John Williams. Only on the final track does Mr. Fleck let his bluegrass roots sneak into the picture in a rousing take on Nicolo Paganini's MOTO PERPETUO.



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Works Details

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in C major, K 159/L 104
  • Performers: Chris Thile (Mandolin); Bela Fleck (Banjo)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 13 in A minor, BWV 784
  • Performers: Evelyn Glennie (Marimba); Bela Fleck (Banjo)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Debussy, Claude : Children's Corner :: Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
  • Performers: Gary Hoffman (Cello); Bela Fleck (Banjo); Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1908

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Mazurka for piano no 38 in F sharp minor, Op. 59/3, CT. 88
  • Performers: John Williams (Guitar); Bela Fleck (Banjo)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1845

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 :: Prelude
  • Performer: Bela Fleck (Banjo)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Etude for piano no 4 in C sharp minor, Op. 10/4, CT. 17
  • Performers: Gary Hoffman (Cello); Bela Fleck (Banjo)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Frédéric Chopin (1810 - 1849) : Mazurka for piano no 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 6/1, CT. 51
  • Performers: Bela Fleck (Banjo); Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1832

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 10 in G major, BWV 796
  • Performers: Chris Thile (Mandolin); Bela Fleck (Banjo)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Souvenir d'un lieu cher :: Melody in E flat major
  • Performers: Bela Fleck (Banjo); Edgar Meyer (Piano); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1878

>Brahms, Johannes : Studies (5) for piano, Anh. 1a/1 :: Presto no 1 in G minor after Bach
  • Performers: Evelyn Glennie (Marimba); Bela Fleck (Banjo)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for solo cello no 1 in G major, BWV 1007 :: Prelude
  • Performer: Bela Fleck (Banjo)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention no 15 in B minor, BWV 801
  • Performers: Evelyn Glennie (Marimba); Bela Fleck (Banjo); Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Niccolò Paganini (Composer/Violin) (1782 - 1840) : Moto perpetuo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 11
  • Performers: Bela Fleck (Banjo); Edgar Meyer (Piano); Edgar Meyer (Double Bass)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835

>Scarlatti, Domenico : Sonata for Harpsichord in D minor, K 213/L 108
  • Performers: Chris Thile (Mandolin); Bela Fleck (Banjo)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1756-1757

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention, for keyboard no 6 in E major, BWV 777 (BC L47)
  • Performer: Bela Fleck (Banjo)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 "Moonlight" :: Adagio sostenuto
  • Performers: Gary Hoffman (Cello); Bela Fleck (Banjo)
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1801

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 11 in G minor, BWV 782
  • Performers: Evelyn Glennie (Marimba); Evelyn Glennie (Percussion); Bela Fleck (Banjo)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Variations (7) for Piano in C major on "God Save the King", WoO 78
  • Performers: John Williams (Guitar); Bela Fleck (Banjo)
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802-1803

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Three-Part Invention (Sinfonia), for keyboard no 7 in E minor, BWV 793 (BC L48)
  • Performers: Bela Fleck (Banjo); Joshua Bell (Violin)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Niccolò Paganini (Composer/Violin) (1782 - 1840) : Moto perpetuo for Violin and Orchestra in C major, Op. 11
  • Performers: Bela Fleck (Banjo); Bryan Sutton (Guitar)
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835