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Bach: Guitar Concertos / Xuefei Yang, Elias String Quartet


Release Date: 02/14/2012 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 79018  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Xuefei Yang
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elias String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BACH Concertos: in a, BWV 1041; in E, BWV 1042; in d, BWV 1052. Prelude, BWV 846. Sonata in g, BWV 1001. Air on the G String Xuefei Yang (gtr); Elias Qrt EMI 79018 (77:24)


This is one of those offbeat discs Read more that I did not request and was prepared to dislike. Bach played on a guitar? Well, I have a friend who is working on a version of Bach’s Italian Concerto on the harp, so why not?


As it turns out, Xuefei Yang is an extraordinarily sensitive and gifted guitarist whose playing has not only the requisite technique but also the kind of musical sensitivity I appreciate. She knows how to shade and color her playing with dynamics, crescendos, and a way of emphasizing certain notes and elements of the music to make it communicate. Perhaps her finest tour de force on this disc is the Sonata in G Minor, which she plays in a completely captivating manner. According to the notes, Yang has also recorded Rodrigo’s popular classic, the Concierto de Aranjuez, for EMI. I’d love to hear that one.


The playing of the Elias String Quartet in the three concertos is well attuned to Yang’s concept of the music in spite of their slightly stricter, more modern approach. You may have more than your share of Bach CDs on your wall, so for some of you this may be a superfluous addition, but if you have room for this disc I can assure you that you’ll like it.


FANFARE: Lynn René Bayley
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elias String Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, BWV 1041 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elias String Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Concerto for Harpsichord in D minor, BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elias String Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 1 in C, BWV 846 - Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elias String Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
5.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elias String Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
6.
Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Xuefei Yang (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Elias String Quartet
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 

Sound Samples

Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor BWV 1052 (from reconstructed lost violin concerto): Allegro
Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor BWV 1052 (from reconstructed lost violin concerto): Adagio
Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor BWV 1052 (from reconstructed lost violin concerto): Allegro
Prelude No. 1 from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1' BWV846 transcribed to A major
Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major BWV1042: Allegro
Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major BWV1042: Adagio
Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major BWV1042: Allegro assai
Violin Sonata in G minor BWV1001: Adagio
Violin Sonata in G minor BWV1001: Fugue
Violin Sonata in G minor BWV1001: Siciliano
Violin Sonata in G minor BWV1001: Presto
Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor BWV1041: Allegro Moderato
Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor BWV1041: Andante
Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor BWV1041: Allegro assai
'Air on a G string' from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major BWV1068

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 exceptional performance,exceptional performer April 29, 2013 By ronaldo f. (MIAMI, FL) See All My Reviews "Although not so known in the West, Xuafei demonstrated total control of her instrument. It is not easy to use a guitar when Bach wrote the pieces for other instruments. The adaptation is fantastic. The result is an extraordinary musical experience, one that you'll always remember as the template for classical guitar pieces." Report Abuse
 Wonderful March 31, 2012 By John Frykman (San Francisco, CA) See All My Reviews "One word says it all --- WONDERFUL!!!!" Report Abuse
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