- Prelude, Fugue and Allegro for lute (or keyboard) in E flat major, BWV 998
- Chorale prelude for organ ("Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme"), (Schübler No. 1), BWV 645
- Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
- Partita for lute in E major, BWV 1006a
- Work(s): [Unspecified] Chorale Prelude "Jesus bleibet meine
Bach's Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro (BWV 998) sounds almost Spanish the way David Russell plays it. Forgoing the ascetic interpretive style adopted by many guitarists in this repertory, Russell dips into an unusually broad palette of tonal colors, and the lyrical lilt he gives to the music creates a distinctly folksy flavor. Then, in the opening Allemande and Courante of the D Minor Partita (BWV 1004 -- originally for solo violin and arranged here by Russell), the rhythms strut so provocatively and with such improvisatory flair that one even hears faint echoes of flamenco. Yet Russell's performances certainly don't violate the spirit of Bach's music: He is always -- even in his fiercest moments -- a sensitive and tasteful stylist. And how refreshing it is to hear these works played with such well-delineated character and depth of feeling. There is real joy in the ornate Preludio of the E Major Suite (BWV 1006a), for example, and the great Chaconne of the D Minor Partita is so intensely dramatic it takes on the gripping monumentality of a Sophoclean tragedy. The program is filled out with Russell's transcriptions of two well-known chorale preludes: "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" (BWV 645) and "Jesus bleibet meine Freude" ("Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"). There's at least another disc's worth of Bach's music that's suitable for the guitar -- let's hope that Russell doesn't wait long to give us a second volume.