THE BACH ALBUM Transcriptions for viola da gamba
Fahmi Alqhai, viola da gamba
Total playing time 75:06 Recorded in Sevilla (Estudios Sputnik), Spain, in March and April 2016 Engineered by Jordi Gil and Ale Barranco Produced by Rami Alqhai and Juan Ramón Lara Executive producer: Carlos Céster Booklet essay by Fahmi Alqhai English - Français - Deutsch - Español
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THE BACH ALBUMTranscriptions for viola da gamba
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Violin Sonata no. 2, BWV 1003 01 Grave 02 Fuga 03 Andante04 Allegro
Cello Suite no. 4, BWV 1010 05 Prelude 06 Allemande 07 Courante 08 Sarabande 09 Bourrée I & II 10 Gigue
Flute Partita, BWV 1013 11 Allemande 12 Corrente 13 Sarabande 14 Bourrée angloise
from Violin Partita no. 2, BWV 1004 15 Ciaccona
all tracks transcribed by Fahmi Alqhai
About this CD
One of the challenges for a modern-day viola da gamba virtuoso is the need to be constantly searching for (and finding) new and demanding solo repertory with which to demonstrate his or her technical and interpretative prowess – especially given that the supply of this dried up during the course of the Baroque era. One of Fahmi Alqhai’s solutions to this challenge is the more-than legitimate recourse to transcriptions, and in a tour de force on The Bach Album he presents four such reworkings – all made by himself – of solo instrumental masterpieces by the great composer.
With the viola da gamba being a “mixed” instrument – both choral and capable of playing melodic lines – Alqhai has adapted the Second Violin Sonata and the Fourth Cello Suite, and also the Flute Partita. He has also added the astonishing – and inexhaustible – Chaconne from the Second Violin Partita. Alqhai has made this Chaconne the final flourish of one of his concert programmes and his recording for this new Glossa release, made in the Estudios Sputnik in Seville, clearly shows how his interpretation has been honed by all his live performances.
That these transcriptions sound as though they could have been written for the viola da gamba is, of course, testament to Bach’s genius. It is, however, also, a reflection of the naturalness and vivid communication that is the hallmark of Fahmi Alqhai’s playing and musical thinking.