Bach Inspirations

Bach Inspirations

by Thibaut GarciaThibaut Garcia


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Ever since the days of Andrés Segovia, albums related to Bach's music have come along often enough. This entry by the young French guitarist Thibaut Garcia has much to recommend it, and indeed Segovia seems to have exerted a strong influence on Garcia's tone, self-possessed but sensuous. It doesn't get any better than the opening "La catedral" of Paraguayan composer Agustín Barrios, whose music is thankfully becoming more widely exposed: Garcia is arresting here. He's also very strong in his duets with soprano Elsa Dreisig, the "Ave Maria" of Gounod and the Aria from Villa-Lobos' "Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5" (sample the Gounod, where Dreisig veritably seems suspended above Garcia's guitar clouds). Grouped with these may be the lovely arrangement of the Bach Chaconne from the "Partita for solo violin in D minor," an arrangement, like that of the Gounod, by Garcia himself. A good deal of space is given over to Polish-French composer Alexandre Tansman, who wrote music along various interesting neoclassic lines. The "Inventions (Hommage à Bach)" and "Pièce en forme de Passacaille" suggested themselves probably because they were written (but never performed) by Segovia; they are less neoclassic pieces than almost Bach knockoffs, and Garcia can do less with them than with the other pieces here. Stronger is the "Suite Brève" of Dusan Bogdanovic, innovatively expanding the Bach model in both harmonic and rhythmic directions; the return to familiar pieces by Bach at the conclusion after these has a strong impact. Erato's engineers, working in the Salle des concerts de Arras, achieve superb results, and the little-heralded Orchestre Nationale de Montpellier Occitane enters into the spirit of the thing. Photogenic, talented, and original, Garcia is plainly a young guitarist to watch.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2018
Label: Erato
UPC: 0190295605261
catalogNumber: 574260
Rank: 36861


  1. La Catedral (The Cathedral), for guitar

    1. Preludio saudade
    2. Andante religioso
    3. Allegro Solemne
  2. Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Chaconne

    1. Chaconne
  3. Ave Maria, for voice & piano (after Bach's Prelude No. 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1)
  4. Inventions for guitar ("Hommage à Bach")

    1. Passepied
    2. Sarabande
    3. Sicilienne
    4. Toccata à deux voix
    5. Aria
  5. Pièce En Forme De Passacaille, for guitar
  6. Ária, for voice & guitar (arranged from Bachianas Brasileiras No.5), A. 391
  7. Prelúdio for guitar No. 3 in A minor, A. 419/3
  8. Suite Brève, for guitar

    1. I
    2. II
    3. III
    4. IV
    5. V
  9. Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Choral

    1. Choral
  10. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Choral

    1. Choral

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