JS Bach - 6 Cello Suites, Flute Partita (arr. for harpsichord) | ABC Classics ABC4812901

JS Bach - 6 Cello Suites, Flute Partita (arr. for harpsichord)

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Label: ABC Classics

Cat No: ABC4812901

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 11th November 2016

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About

Leading early music expert Winsome Evans presents the final chapter in her ground-breaking project to transcribe and record Bach’s solo instrumental works for the harpsichord, with the Six Cello Suites and the Partita for Solo Flute.

Evans’s project, some 30 years in the making, is based on evidence that Bach himself played his solo instrumental works on the keyboard – including the statement of a former student that Bach often played the solo violin and cello works ‘on the clavier, adding as much in the nature of harmony as he found necessary’. The harmonies added by Evans to the solo works are inspired by methods from Bach’s own time.

Quite apart from the historical justification, Evans was also motivated by a purely musical desire: ‘It was such a temptation to expand the repertoire of Bach, and make more of his music available for keyboard players.’

The first volume of transcriptions to be released – the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin – has been described as ‘a musical masterpiece’ by German critical magazine Klassik.

Winsome Evans is one of Australia’s foremost early music academics and musicians, and has made numerous acclaimed recordings with her pioneering group the Renaissance Players. She was an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, received a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 1980, and in 1986 was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to music.

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