Bach Chaconne by Raphaella Smits - best performance IMHO

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Bach Chaconne by Raphaella Smits - best performance IMHO

Post by eno » Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:01 am

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Post by spanishguitarmusic » Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:41 am

Very nice music and the playing was great! Nice early guitar too. Thank you for posting this video.

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Post by joachim33 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:21 am

Look at this thread for more discussion on BWV 1004

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Post by eno » Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:44 pm

Thanks Joachim, Marc Teicholz is great and virtually every CG professional performer plays BWV 1004 but IMHO Raphaella's performance is the best ever (well, a matteer of taste of course...). I got quickly bored of Marc Teicholz performance although it's technically brilliant. But I can't stop listening to Raphaella's, it takes me out of this world.
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Post by Rick Beauregard » Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:54 pm

Note: here eyes completely closed through virtually the entire performance.
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Post by tubeman » Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:17 pm

I heard her play it on an 8-string John Gilbert guitar at the GFA several years ago--it was stunning.
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Post by Michael Lazar » Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:30 pm

Certainly one of the best renditions I've heard relative to how I like to hear this piece interpreted. Two other performances of the chaconne that I really liked were by Paul Galbraith and Pavel Steidl.

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Post by kaizengtr » Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:31 pm

Love the resonance of that guitar. Very unexpected by its appearance. Beautiful rendition for sure. Thank you for sharing.

I too noticed that her eyes were closed throughout the piece. For some reason that makes for a very intimate performance in my experience.

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Post by Gary Macleod » Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:43 pm

It's a great performance, but if you want a comparison have a listen to mine , it's the first track on my Baroque album .

https://youtu.be/SpefadhoIek

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Post by eno » Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:18 pm

I also like Moran Wasser's performance, it is Baroque-style ornamented and captivating to listen.

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Post by larryguitar » Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:26 pm

Funny you should post this video, as I have been listening to a lot of Lacotes recently and this performance stood out. I just love her playing, and have listened to the piece twice in the last few days.

Is it possible to fit two extra strings to any Lacote or does the instrument have to be made that way from the start? It seems like a lot of them were adapted to carry one or two more bass strings. Any luthiers hanging out here?

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Post by eno » Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:51 pm

I agree, those extra-stringed guitars sound amazing, very Baroque-type sound.
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Post by larryguitar » Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:02 pm

Another question, is the arrangement she plays published somewhere?

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Post by eno » Wed Mar 08, 2017 11:20 pm

Here Raphaella talks about her guitar and about performing Bach

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Re: Bach Chaconne by Raphaella Smits - best performance IMHO

Post by slidika » Thu Mar 09, 2017 12:48 pm

Very nice in all aspects! As far as her eyes being closed the entire time, it reminds me of when I saw a live performance of Jorge Caballero. There were a couple things I noted:

(1) Most of the time he looked up towards the ceiling or had his eyes closed -- the main exception being when he was playing artificial harmonics in rapid-fire succession.
(2) One piece had a stretch that his hand could not make (I think it was a Yamashita arrangement), so he quickly rotated his entire left hand over the top of the fretboard, fretting the sixth string with his thumb, then just as quickly returning his hand to a normal position.

He was amazing, and the fact that he won a major music competition where ALL instruments (piano, violin, etc.) competed speaks volumes. Thanks for posting this gread vid.

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