J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Transcriptions for Guitar

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Benjamin Verdery
Individual Works:Cello Suite #6 in D Major, BWV 1012
Violin Sonata #2 in A minor, BWV 1003
both transcribed by Benjamin Verdery
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:GRI
Catalog Number:GRICD 002
Year Released/Recorded:1983
Total Playing Time:42 minutes
Comments:Laurelle Favreau:

Originally released in 1983 on cassette only on the Sine Qua Non label, it was re-issued in 1994 by GRI.

Mike Flemmer said:

My rating (on a scale of 1 to 10) 10+

Very highly recommended! Verdery is taking all kinds of risks to find all of the tones that a guitar can make, to make this one of the most colorful, beautiful, passionate and technically superb guitar performances I've heard. For example, Verdery is constantly changing the string tones by plucking near the bridge for a brighter tone, and then away from the bridge for a mellow tone. He does this in the right places in the music, so it doesn't sound like a gimmick. It's delightful and adds a lot of color. Muffled plucking is even used in one piece. You can hear all kinds of guitar nuances that you typically don't hear in other recordings. For example, sometimes, you can hear that high pitch 'squeak' of a string when it unwinds under stress. Other guitar players would have re-recorded to keep it all 'clean and pure'. Not Verdery. This unique, risk-taking, brilliant performance is a breath of fresh air in the world of guitar recordings.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Laurelle Favreau
  • Mike Flemmer
Date First Submitted:12/27/1998