CANADIAN BRASS: BACH CD
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CANADIAN BRASS - BACH CD Canadian Brass plays the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Just about everything about Canadian Brass' past, present and future, can be read into a project like this. Our fans are already telling us how happy they are that we are keeping Bach as the constant as the group evolves. Perhaps more than any other Bach piece, the Little Fugue in G minor has its finest moment on this recording.
1 Brilliant Bach Ouvertures: I. Gavotte I & II (from Suite No. 3, BWV 1068)
2 Brilliant Bach Ouvertures: II. Bourée I & II (from Suite No. 2, BWV 1067)
3 Brilliant Bach Ouvertures: III. Menuet (from Suite No. 2, BWV 1067)
4 Brilliant Bach Ouvertures: IV. Badinerie (from Suite No. 2, BWV 1067)
5 Brilliant Bach Ouvertures: V. Air on a G String (from Suite No. 3, BWV 1068)
6 Brilliant Bach Ouvertures: VI. Gigue (from Suite No. 3, BWV 1068)
7 Little Fugue in G minor, BWV 578
8 Aire Pour Les Trompettes (from Suite in A Major, BWV 832)
9 Bach-Vivaldi Concerto in D Major: I. Allegro
10 Bach-Vivaldi Concerto in D Major: II. Larghetto
11 Bach-Vivaldi Concerto in D Major: III. Allegro
12 Fantasies for Anna Magdalena Bach: I. March Fantasy
13 Fantasies for Anna Magdalena Bach: II. Minuet Fantasy in G Major
14 Fantasies for Anna Magdalena Bach: III. Minuet Fantasy in D minor
15 Fantasies for Anna Magdalena Bach: IV. Musette Fantasy
16 Chorale - Cantata 118 - Chorale
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I have been a fan of Canadian Brass from first buying their LPs (!!) and playing their arrangements in the 1980's.
Performances are always of the highest musical quality, but CB seem to excel, for me anyway, in their jazz interpretations (the Fats Waller album is simply brilliant!) and in the music of J.S. Bach.
With this album we have fantastic arrangements which totally 'work' in the brass medium, sound majestic and are performed to absolute perfection.
To those purists out there who would argue that the works of Bach should not be transcribed for different instruments, particularly for something like a brass quintet, which, in its modern incarnation, did not even exist in Bach's time, the Canadian Brass offers a very succinct argument: Bach did it. While Bach did not transcribe any works for brass quintet per se, he -- as well as most of his contemporaries -- did rework his own compositions and at times even the compositions of other composers to suit his needs at the time. In this case, the Canadian Brass refers to Bach's transcription of a Vivaldi concerto that has been reworked again for this album for brass quintet. Perhaps it's not as important what instrument(s) a piece of music is transcribed for, but more whether or not the new configuration can deliver a performance that maintains the work's original dignity and grandeur. Few ensembles can accomplish this in the same way as the Canadian Brass, whose members are at the absolute pinnacle of performance on their given instruments and as a whole deliver musically informed performances. Their transcriptions maintain the musical ideals found in the originals; there is nothing hokey or inappropriate-sounding to be found here. Great playing, great transcriptions, and great musicianship define this enjoyable album.