Air on a G String: Baroque Masterpieces Performed on Guitar

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
Guitarist David Russell just keeps getting better and better. He was already a fully formed virtuoso with a clear, warm tone and an effortless technique when he made his major-label debut on Telarc in 1995. And as this 2008 disc called Air on a G String shows, Russell has deepened and mellowed as he's matured. Featuring four works by Johann Sebastian Bach, four by François Couperin, six by Sylvius Leopold Weiss, and an eight-movement suite by Jacques de Saint-Luc, Russell's choice of repertoire is balanced between the well known and unfamiliar, and it is all the more interesting because of it. With his digital independence and his uncanny ability to sustain a legato line ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
Guitarist David Russell just keeps getting better and better. He was already a fully formed virtuoso with a clear, warm tone and an effortless technique when he made his major-label debut on Telarc in 1995. And as this 2008 disc called Air on a G String shows, Russell has deepened and mellowed as he's matured. Featuring four works by Johann Sebastian Bach, four by François Couperin, six by Sylvius Leopold Weiss, and an eight-movement suite by Jacques de Saint-Luc, Russell's choice of repertoire is balanced between the well known and unfamiliar, and it is all the more interesting because of it. With his digital independence and his uncanny ability to sustain a legato line on a plucked instrument, Russell's technique remains impeccable. But as he has aged, his interpretations have become more musical and less technical. Russell's Bach -- a probing "Partita in A minor, BWV 1013"; a sublime Adagio/Arioso from "Cantata No. 156"; a shadowy "Pastorale in F major, BWV 590"; and a blissful Air from the "Suite in D major, BWV 1068" -- sounds sympathetic not just to the music's supreme intellect but to its soulful spirituality. Russell's selections by Weiss and the "Suite" by Saint-Luc are graciously engaging, but better yet are his three selections from Couperin -- especially his otherworldly "Les Barricades Mistérieuses," which seems to float out of the strings of the guitar. Captured in clear, immediate digital sound by producers Elaine Martone and Maria Jesus Rodriguez, this disc will please technophiles as well as Russell's fans.
Gramophone - William Yeoman
Yet another outstanding release by this incomparable guitarist.
The Scotsman (UK)
This is carefully performed music, much of it gentle and reflective, from composers who were masters of their art.
Sacramento Bee - Edward Ortiz
1/2 Classical guitarist David Russell proves he's at the top of his game with the masterfully delivered baroque music on this CD.
Deseret Morning News - Edward Reichel
Throughout this album, Russell displays his artistry to the fullest. This is an exceptional album by a remarkable and insightful performer.

This is carefully performed music, much of it gentle and reflective, from composers who were masters of their art.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2008
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408069321
  • Catalog Number: 80693
  • Sales rank: 66,434

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Partita for solo flute in A minor, BWV 1013 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Anilda Carrasquillo (11:23)
  2. 2 Cantata No. 156, "Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe," BWV 156 (BC A38): Adagio / Arioso - Johann Sebastian Bach & Anilda Carrasquillo (2:11)
  3. 3 Fantasia for lute No. 1 in C minor (London MS), Smith 83 - Anilda Carrasquillo & Silvius Leopold Weiss (2:19)
  4. 4 Sonata for lute in G minor (Dresden MS No. 29; London MS No. 19), SC 25: Prelude - Anilda Carrasquillo & Silvius Leopold Weiss (1:18)
  5. 5 Sonata for lute in F major (London MS No. 14), SC 19: Allemande - Anilda Carrasquillo & Silvius Leopold Weiss (3:05)
  6. 6 Work(s): Courente Royale (Sm. 31) - Anilda Carrasquillo & Silvius Leopold Weiss (2:25)
  7. 7 Tombeau sur la mort de Monsieur Comte de Logy, for lute in B flat minor (London MS), Smith 210 - Anilda Carrasquillo & Silvius Leopold Weiss (5:19)
  8. 8 Sonata for lute in G major (London MS No. 16), SC 22: Allegro - Anilda Carrasquillo & Silvius Leopold Weiss (3:32)
  9. 9 Pastorale for organ in F major, BWV 590 (BC J81): Third Movement - Johann Sebastian Bach & Anilda Carrasquillo (3:00)
  10. 10 Suite in D major, for lute ("La prise de Gaeta") - Anilda Carrasquillo & Jacques de Saint-Luc (13:02)
  11. 11 Les Silvains, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, I, 1ère ordre) - François Couperin & Anilda Carrasquillo (4:15)
  12. 12 Les Tours de passe-passe, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, IV, 22e ordre) - François Couperin & Anilda Carrasquillo (2:48)
  13. 13 Les Baricades mistérieuses, for harpsichord (Pièces de clavecin, II, 6e ordre) - François Couperin & Anilda Carrasquillo (3:07)
  14. 14 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air on the G String - Johann Sebastian Bach & Anilda Carrasquillo (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Russell Primary Artist
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    Heard this artist and a portion of the album on NPR and it took my breath away!! I jumped online to pick up the CD immediately.

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