J.s. Bach: Three Or One - Transcriptions By Fred T

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Label: ECM
Catalog: B003451902
Format: CD

Fred Thomas (Klavier), Aisha Orazbayeva (Violine), Lucy Railton (Cello)

Here is Johann Sebastian Bach in transfigured light: with chorale preludes for the organ, vocal movements from cantatas and sinfonias - 24 pieces in all - transcribed by Fred Thomas for trio and solo piano and inserted into a captivating new sequence by Manfred Eicher On Three Or One, Bach's idiom is respectfully explored by three innovative players, a process Thomas describes as "calm and joyful", and the trio pieces, drawn mainly from Bach's organ booklet, take on a fresh character in the hands of Kazakh violinist Aisha Orazbayeva and British cellist Lucy Railton, musicians more commonly associated with contemporary composition British pianist and arranger Fred Thomas, who makes his ECM New Series debut here, has worked in a variety of contexts, from theatre music to jazz, and is increasingly recognized for his arrangements of baroque music. For him, the trio's wide-ranging experience is "a spur to creativity." Bach reused his own material often, and it's no surprise that it turned out differently each time. With Bach's imaginative, technical, and improvisational skills, do we really think he would play the same thing the same way twice?" It's a good question, and key to the approach taken on Three Or One. Continue reading

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