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Bach: Guitar Concertos - Xuefei Yang, Elias String Quartet (2012)

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Bach: Guitar Concertos - Xuefei Yang, Elias String Quartet (2012)

Bach: Guitar Concertos - Xuefei Yang, Elias String Quartet (2012)
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Genre: Classical | Label: Emi Classics | Catalog Number: 79018

The Beijing-born guitarist Xuefei Yang has recorded her first album of baroque music, an all-Bach programme anchored by three concertos newly arranged for guitar and string quartet. Bach Concertos is an exciting, innovative album in which she has transcribed for the guitar some of Bach’s familiar violin concertos and other works, hoping to establish these new arrangements as noteworthy repertoire for the guitar and to expand the concerto repertoire for that instrument. Xuefei complements the concertante repertoire with solo guitar arrangements of the Violin Sonata No. 1 BWV 1001, the Prelude in C Major from the Well-Tempered Clavier BWV 846 and the Air on a G string from the Orchestral Suite in D major BWV 1068.

Xuefei, whose international career finds her on the prestigious stages of the Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Philharmonie (Berlin), Konzerthaus (Vienna) and Lincoln Center (New York), as well as to other major concert halls of Europe, North America and Asia, hopes that the new concerto arrangements will become established additions to the repertoire for her instrument. “In the baroque concerto repertoire,” she says, we only really have Vivaldi Concertos, which are very light in nature. These Bach concertos would be a substantial and significant addition to the guitar repertoire and may create new opportunities to bring the instrument to a wider musical audience.”

Explaining the background to her latest recording, Xuefei said, “In Bach’s time, the modern guitar had not yet been invented but a close relative, the lute, was a popular instrument. Bach wrote quite a few works for solo lute and they have become core repertoire for guitarists. When I was playing the wonderful solo violin works by Bach, I wondered whether his concertos would work on the guitar too. So I found the scores and, to my delight, I found that they did!” The three concertos at the heart of the recording are those for Violin in A minor BWV 1041 and E Major BWV 1042 and for Harpsichord in D minor BWV 1052. Xuefei performs them with the Elias String Quartet.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Xuefei Yang
Orchestra/Ensemble: Elias String Quartet

Reviews: This is one of those offbeat discs 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.

Tracklisting:

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

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