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Studio Album, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Aria - dalla suite N. 3 in Re maggiore (4:47)
2. Minuetto (4:14)
3. "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" - dalla cantata N. 4 (6:03)
4. Pedal Exercitium (6:06)
5. Marcia - dal quaderno musicale di Anna Magdalena Bach (3:58)
6. Preludio dalla prima suite per violoncello (3:25)
7. Minuetto in Sol maggiore / Minuetto (II) - dal quaderno musicale di Anna Magdalena Bach (10:41)
8. Corale dalla cantata N. 147 (4:04)
9. Preludio N. 1 - dai "48 preludi e fughe" per clavicembale ben temperato (2:43)
10. Bourrée - dalla prima suite per liuto in Mi minore (2:23)
11. Komm, Süsser tod - mottetto - (Vieni, dolce morte) (3:07)

Total time: 51:30

Line-up / Musicians

- Riccardo Zappa / 12 strings guitar "Martin J 1240"

Releases information

LENGI Music CD RZ 0004 L

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Review by andrea
3 stars This album blends Riccardo Zappa's love for Bach and for his 12 strings guitar, a Martin J 1240. This time on the album cover the guitar "protagonist" of the album is portrayed into a church, giving the idea of the quiet and almost transcendental atmosphere that you can find in this work.

Riccardo Zappa interprets here eleven pieces of Johann Sebastian Bach transcribed for guitar by classical musicians like his teacher, Miguel Abloniz. The interpretation is very personal and different from other albums of classical guitarists like, for instance Sharon Isbin. The main difference is the guitar, of course, not a classical one but a 12 strings acoustic, but it's remarkable also the touch of Riccardo Zappa that perfectly exploits the timbre of his instrument giving new colours and shades to the immortal notes of Bach.

All the tracks are quite famous like the opener "Air - from suite n. 3 in D major", that inspired Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" or "Bourrée - from the first suite for lute in E major" that inspired Jethro Tull's "Bourréè". In the "Prelude from the first suite for violoncello" you'll probably find some resemblances with Steve Hackett's "Horizons"... So, although this is essentially just an album of guitar solos, I think that it could be of some interest for every "prog lover"... Then, if you are a guitarist and you use to play a 12 strings acoustic guitar... Well, this is definitely a "must-have"!

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