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Bram van Sambeek plays Bach on the Bassoon

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer Bram van Sambeek
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-2637 SACD
EAN 7318599926377
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Sep 2022
Total time 67'47


Album release: 2nd September
Following a rock/metal album recorded with his band ORBI [BIS-2297], Bram van Sambeek returns with his own idea of a dance album. For it he has selected four works by Johann Sebastian Bach that consist mainly of typical baroque dances – but just as van Sambeek’s metal album wasn’t made for headbanging, Bach’s dances weren’t meant for dancing, but rather to be listened to.

The disc opens with van Sambeek’s own arrangement of the celebrated Partita in C minor for keyboard which he describes in his liner notes as one of his favourite works to listen to. The arrangement includes every note of the original keyboard part and is for no less than eight bassoons – all played by van Sambeek using multitrack recording technique. The idea for this came from having spent months in lockdown due to the pandemic: even though musicians were unable to play together, the urge to play actual harmonies persisted. Four movements from another keyboard work – the French Suite No. 5 – are also included on the disc, but as these are melodic rather than contrapuntal they have lent themselves to be arranged for a single voice. The remaining two works are the Flute Partita in A minor and Cello Suite No. 1, adding to an overall result which allows a new look on well-known works, with new nuances and colours.
 
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  Johann Sebastian Bach
  Partita No. 2 in C minor for keyboard, BWV 826 21'10
01 1. Sinfonia 4'27
02 2. Allemande 4'47
03 3. Courante 2'26
04 4. Sarabande 4'16
05 5. Rondeaux 1'39
06 6. Capriccio 3'35
 
  French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816 12'10
07 1. Allemande 3'22
08 2. Courante 1'45
09 3. Sarabande 5'26
10 4. Bourrée 1'37
 
  Partita in A minor for Solo Flute, BWV 1013 17'22
11 1. Allemande 5'22
12 2. Corrente 3'29
13 3. Sarabande 5'30
14 4. Bourrée Anglaise 3'01
 
  Cello Suite No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007 16'54
15 1. Prélude 2'27
16 2. Allemande 4'19
17 3. Courante 2'28
18 4. Sarabande 2'48
19 5. Menuet I - Menuet II - Menuet I da capo 2'59
20 6. Gigue 1'53
 
  Album total 67'47
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
BassoonSambeek, Bram van

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