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Bach: Alio Modo - Passacaglia & Other Keyboard Works Transcribed for Viols

Johann Sebastian Bach , Fretwork Audio CD
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  • Performer: Fretwork
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (November 8, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B000AMQ00C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Piece D'Orgue In G Major BWV 572 A 6
2. Wenn Wir In Hochsten Noten Sein BWV 641 A 4
3. Prelude & Fugue XVI In G Minor BWV 885 A 4
4. Passacaglia In C Minor BWV 582 A 5
5. Kyrie, Gott Vater In Ewigkeit (Unaccompanied Chorale Tune)
6. Christe, Aller Welt Trost (Harmonization From Riemenschneider Chorale No. 132)
7. Kyrie, Gott Heiliger Geist BWV 671 A 5
8. Dies Sind Die Heiligen Zehen Gebot BWV 678 A 6
9. Dies Sind Die Heiligen (Alio Modo) BWV 679 A 4
10. Prelude & Fugue XXII In A Minor (Originally, B-flat) BWV 867 A 5
11. Aus Tiefer Not Schrei Ich Zu Dir BWV 686 A 6
12. Fugue In E Flat Major, 'St Anne' BWV 552.2 A 5
13. Von Deinen Thron Tret Ich Hiermit BWV 668 A 4
14. Prelude & Fugue XI In F Major BWV 880 A 5/A 3
15. Wir Glauben All An Einen Gott BWV 680 A 5
16. Fugue IV In D Minor (Originally, C-sharp) BWV 849 A 5
17. Ricercar BWV 1079 A 6
18. Canon Triplex BWV 1076 A 6 (Pictured In The Haussman Portrait Of Bach, See P. 4)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Reverberating Richness May 29, 2010
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Bach did seem to have a soft spot for gambas, including them in numerous cantatas and chamber works. The reason is that gambas were considered to be instruments of the nobility long after they had faded from common use. The violin family was still gaining a positive reputation during this time and considered common. Violas da gamba connotated dignity and majesty to Bach and therefore seem very appropriate to me to use in these mostly solemn pieces.

Wether Bach would approve or not doesn't really matter, but I think every composer is happy to have his work performed in a positive light. As long as he got paid, I think he would have approved.

I bought the album because I love the sonorities and clarity of the contrapuntal lines. The performance is excellent, as well. The first arrangment, the Pièce d'Orgue in G major, BWV 572 à 6, impressed me so much I made my own arrangement for recorders.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! March 19, 2006
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If you like the complexities of melody and rythm, this recording of Bach using only viols will take you away. Beautifully recorded too. You can hear everything.
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