Haendel, Bach, Scarlatti

Baroque Music
1989 GHA, Belgium - 126006

G.F. Haendel
Suite NÂș 7 HWV 432
1. Ouverture
2. Andante
3. Allegro
4. Sarabande
5. Gigue
6. Passacaille

J.S. Bach
Suite BWV 1034
7. Adagio
8. Allegro
9. Andante
10.Allegro

Domenico Scarlatti
11. Sonata K 177
12. Sonata K 178
13. Sonata K 232
14. Sonata K 202

Arrangements by David Russell

 

While all of this recording is genius, there are two movements that show Mr. Russell's genius in a special light. 1. The Passacaglia from the Handel suite. Anyone who has heard Russell play this in concert needs at least 5 minutes to get her or his breath back. Perhaps the single most brilliant transcription in the world of solo guitar. (Though, in a field of many transciptions, there are many contentors for this honor.) 2. The Andante from the Bach suite.
Without any irony, this is "a heartbreaking work of staggering genius." If you want clean playing, soulful performances, great musicality...David Russell is it, on guitar.
Mike Shanahan

1989. GHA 126.006. CD (re-issue)