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Bach With Pluck 1

Bach Audio CD
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listen  1. Allegro: Trio Sonate No.1 in G Major 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Adagio: Trio Sonate No.1 in G Major 6:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Allegro: Trio Sonate No.1 in G Major 3:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Vivace: Trio Sonate No.2 in E minor 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Largo: Trio Sonate No.2 in E minor 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Allegro: Trio Sonate No.2 in E minor 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Andante: Trio Sonata No. 3 in D Minor 4:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Adagio e dolce: Trio Sonata No. 3 in D Minor 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Vivace: Trio Sonata No. 3 in D Minor 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Vivace: Trio Sonata No. 4 in A Minor Adagio 2:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Andante: Trio Sonata No. 4 in A Minor Adagio 5:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Un poco allegro: Trio Sonata No. 4 in A Minor Adagio 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Allegro: Trio Sonata No.5 in F Major 4:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Largo: Trio Sonata No.5 in F Major 5:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Allegro: Trio Sonata No.5 in F Major 3:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Vivace: Trio Sonata in C Major 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Lento: Trio Sonata in C Major 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Allegro: Trio Sonata in C Major 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Audio CD (January 28, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Essay
  • ASIN: B00000083B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,203 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Bach's "trio sonatas" for a single player are marvelous music: three lines for hands and feet, intertwined beautifully. The linear independence makes them notably difficult to play. There are of course many fine recordings on organ. Offhand I can also think of at least four people who play these on pedal harpsichord. (Somebody, please run to record Elizabeth Farr in these!)
But we are dealing here with arrangements for more than one player. Bach himself gave an example of this technique by setting one of these movements for violin, flute, and harpsichord in the Triple Concerto. He gave an even wilder example of transcription in the Art of Fugue, recasting a three-voiced fugue into a cubistic spectacle for two players. So, there is precedent for turning his trios into ensemble work. And vice versa: one of his sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord also exists in a version for two flutes, and in a version (by a student) arranged for organ.
At least three ensembles (Aulos, Musica Pacifica, and King's Consort) have recorded chamber versions of these trio sonatas, to good effect. The music works well in its new tonal colors: violins, oboes, recorders, cello, etc. Everybody seems more conservative in arrangement than Bach himself was: he didn't seem to mind adding new parts or breaking up the existing lines of his own music. (Everybody but Webern and Schoenberg...but we digress.)
And this brings us to "Bach with Pluck." Comparone and Bogdanovich play these on guitar and harpsichord. Bogdanovich takes one of the existing lines on guitar and applies a nice range of tonal color to it. Comparone's left hand plays the former pedal part on buff stop.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet! December 23, 2002
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I dove right after this album after hearing 5 minutes of it on the radio. I wasn't disappointed. How sweet the sound. I'm not at all a harpsichord enthusiast - and, yes, the album has the general tone of one - but the guitar adds what was always missing from the early keyboards, warmth!
Harpsichord always seems to me of a very mental energy. Probably makes it good to study to. Guitar, however, is for the Heart - even more so poised against these tinnier sonorities. The blend is superb. An even more perfect Bach!
[Remember "Switched-on Bach", the Swingle Singers, the authentic instrument movement.] I'm surprised that these [the #2 of this series included] are the only harpsichord/guitar recordings of Bach. Google.com didn't find one CD result to <Bach harpsichord guitar>.
By the way, the only jangling cut for me on this album was the 1st.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable! June 12, 2005
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The moment I heard listening samples of Dusan Bogdanovic's/ Elaine Comparone's "Bach with Pluck!" CD, I knew I was getting it.

This music, the Bach Trio Sonatas, BWV 525-530, was written for organ, yet the music (i.e. the counterpoint) lends itself to arrangements for other instrumental combinations which can make the music seem new and delightful.

My introduction to Bach's Trio Sonatas came with arrangements of two of them by Julian Bream on the lute, and George Malcolm on harpsichord, which I enjoyed so much I got a CD of all six Bach Trio Sonatas, first on pedal harpsichord (E. Power Biggs), and then organ (Ton Koopman). More recently, I got The King's Consort, in a recording for oboe, violin, viola and continuo, which made this music seem glorious, like a set of freshly restored masterpieces.

The Bogdanovic (guitar) /Comparone (harpsichord) "Bach With Pluck!" CD is fun from start to finish. The playing is first rate, the ensemble tight.

I haven't heard the Fisk/ Fuller recording commented upon by a previous reviewer. But I can say that Bogdanovic and Comparone are very good. I like what they have done in transposing some of the keys of the Trio Sonatas: I think the guitar and harpsichord are well balanced.

If I only give Bogdanovic and Comparone four stars, it is only because The King Consort recording is so special, albeit different instruments. I've played the Bogdanonic/ Comparone "Bach With Pluck!" CD several times; I enjoyed it so much. As a classical guitarist, I wouldn't want to be without both the Bream/ Malcolm and Bogdanovic/ Comparone recordings.
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Oh! This is absolutely awe-inspiring! I just loved the mix of guitar (lute) and harpsichord. It really brings Bach's music alive in a completely different way. In the day of horrible improvisation on famous works, this is really a treat. Bach would be most pleased by this work.
Buy this! It is just wonderful and you will become so attached to it. I listen to it all the time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most enjoyable Bach CDs I've ever heard March 7, 2014
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Never written a review before, figured this CD and its sequel are so good that it's about time I start. I probably have 60+ Bach CDs and am one of those people who feel that Bach is, to quote Wagner, the most stupendous miracle in all music. Anyhow, I just don't understand how these two CDs don't get more recognition. They are very, very good and immensely enjoyable. And I say this as someone who doesn't particularly enjoy the harpsichord either. Listen to the music samples. The sequel CD is just as good. Would give 6 starts if possible. I stumbled onto these thanks to a review from a different Bach album (can't remember which one).
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