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Bach: Suites No 4, 5 & 6 / Hopkinson Smith


Release Date: 02/26/2013 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 8938   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hopkinson Smith
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Bach’s writing in these suites is as varied and inventive as ever. Melodious, boisterous, amazingly delicate, expansively lyrical, then cleverly busy with detail in complicated figuration... I see my intention in arranging for a plucked instrument as a challenge to approach ‘what Bach himself might have done’ in adapting a piece from one medium to another. No one can ever know for sure, of course, but familiarity with his chamber music and keyboard works gives clues. Where the cello writing is melodious with occasional chords, the plucked instrument can provide a fuller accompaniment.”

-- Hopkinson Smith
"Bach’s writing in these suites is as varied and inventive as ever. Melodious, boisterous, amazingly delicate, expansively lyrical, then cleverly busy with detail in complicated figuration... I see my intention in arranging for a plucked instrument as a challenge to approach ‘what Bach himself might have done’ in adapting a piece from one medium to another. No one can ever know for sure, of course, but familiarity with his chamber music and keyboard works gives clues. Where the cello writing is melodious with occasional chords, the plucked instrument can provide a fuller accompaniment.”

-- Hopkinson Smith
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Works on This Recording

1. Suite for Lute in G minor, BWV 995 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hopkinson Smith (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
2. Suite for Cello solo no 6 in D major, BWV 1012 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hopkinson Smith (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
3. Suite for Cello solo no 4 in E flat major, BWV 1010 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hopkinson Smith (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 

Sound Samples

Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010 (arr. H. Smith for lute): I. Prelude
Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010 (arr. H. Smith for lute): II. Allemande
Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010 (arr. H. Smith for lute): III. Courante
Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010 (arr. H. Smith for lute): IV. Sarabande
Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010 (arr. H. Smith for lute): V. Bourree I-II
Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 1010 (arr. H. Smith for lute): VI. Gigue
Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 (arr. H. Smith for lute): I. Prelude
Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 (arr. H. Smith for lute): II. Allemande
Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 (arr. H. Smith for lute): III. Courante
Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 (arr. H. Smith for lute): IV. Sarabande
Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 (arr. H. Smith for lute): V. Gavotte I-II
Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 (arr. H. Smith for lute): VI. Gigue
Lute Suite in G Minor, BWV 995: I. Prelude
Lute Suite in G Minor, BWV 995: II. Allemande
Lute Suite in G Minor, BWV 995: III. Courante
Lute Suite in G Minor, BWV 995: IV. Sarabande
Lute Suite in G Minor, BWV 995: V. Gavotte I-II
Lute Suite in G Minor, BWV 995: VI. Gigue

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