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Bach: Four Suites for Orchestra Arranged for Guitar Quartet

Johann Sebastian Bach (Composer) Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 26, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Delos Records
  • ASIN: B00004YR6P
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,025 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening cd! October 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
As a disclaimer, let me just say I wasn't expecting anything fantastic when I first listened to this disk. The orchestral suites were never among my favorite Bach pieces, being more of a "solo instrumental" kind of person. Also, I'm not one of those who automatically loves everything just because it's being played on the guitar. In fact, I was disappointed with Galbraith's Lute Suites (which I felt were over-ornamented and lacking somewhat emotionally [they don't "breathe" well]).
That said, this is a GREAT disk! The transcription to four guitars clarifies, simplifies and just generally makes this music much easier to hear and understand what, to me, was muddy and more like background music in its original form. The counterpoint practically leaps out at you, and the extra range of Galbraith's guitar really helps in the separation of melodic lines and bass/harmony lines. The tone and balance of the guitars is superb, as well as the assignment of parts and pacing in general. The music, being, after all, Bach, can not be faulted. For me, this disk is a revelation, making music accessible to me that was previously not quite clear enough to merit concentrated listening. If there is any complaint to be made, it is with the nature of the guitar itself. For the same reason I prefer the Violin S & P's played on violin, some may prefer the orchestral version because of the lack of sustain on guitar. This is most noticible in the famous Air. After a few listens, I find I have no problem with it at all on this disk, possibly because, in the orchestral version, the harpsichord acts as the continuo, which has a more percussive attack than strings, which though they're present, aren't as obvious as the harpsichord. The arrangement seems to work on this level.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An opinion of a baroque music June 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Since I.S.Bach is my favorite composer and classical guitar is my favorite instrument, this disc seemed like a match made in heaven for me. After reading the other reviews I was a little worried. But I wanted to listen to this performance even more.

Well, after the first hearing I didn't like it. It sounded too lightweight, too lacy and airy, too fanciful. I decided to "exile" it into my car. However, the more I listened, the more I liked it. Yes, it is still lacy and airy, but such interpretation has a right to exist. Of course, switching from wind instuments and orchestra to four guitars, overall changes the whole character of these overtures. It becomes more intimate, more ornamental. But I think the right to interpret is what makes music alive. Once you get used to the "scale," all you hear is the ageless sounds of Bach. I am very glad I bought it, I gives me lots of joy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable! December 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The Bach Orchestral Suites for guitar quartet?

Bach rewrote a number of pieces for various combinations of instruments as well as transcribing music of other composers. The Brazilian Guitar Quartet play their arrangements beautifully. Theirs are relaxed, highly enjoyable versions I've listened to again and again. I've taken to their approach so much that it is an adjustment to hear some chamber orchestras play this music as fast as they do.

A CD for Bach lovers in general, not just guitar aficionados.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Beautiful tone, decent pacing, reasonable arrangements. As the earlier reviewer pointed out, the counterpoint is clear. The stereo spread is effective, especially on headphones: it's easy to pick out what each of the four players is doing. So, that somewhat compensates the lack of orchestral color that is so much a part of these suites. It can be an interesting intellectual experience following the lines, especially if you already know the pieces well. There's always somewhere that the ear can go within the texture: Bach's rich inventiveness.
It's the performances that bother me. The players just get all the notes in time, faithfully reproducing the marks on the page with objective mechanical precision. An actor who delivered his lines in such an uninflected manner would be called "wooden"...why is such understated delivery acceptable for music? Pablo Casals would have hated this disc. "The notes have no interest...no life!" The music chortles along merrily in very steady tempos: not much room to breathe. Nice, but it sounds like "Bach lite," clinical and antiseptic. I wanted to hear more dynamic nuances within phrases, more improvisatory gesture, not just a bunch of pretty notes strung together cleanly in strict time.
The repeats usually sound exactly the same as the first time around...maybe even regenerated in the editing. The repeats are of course necessary to balance the formal structures, but the music should seem different. That's basic rhetoric. What person ever says something exactly the same way twice in succession?
And an important part of the musical grammar sounds seriously wrong in these performances: the interpretation of ornaments (and in a bigger sense, the phrasing). It's as if the players (or the arranger?
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