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Absolut Bach

by Anders Lundegård

Unaccompanied Bach pieces performed on soprano and alto saxophone. "It is not a quality, but rather a consequence of its quality, that Bach's melody never grows old. It remains ever fair and young, like nature, from which it is derived."(J.N. Forkel 1802)
Genre: Classical: Baroque
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1. Flute Partita in A Minor, BWV 1013: I. Allemande (Arr. by Anders Lundegård)
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2. Flute Partita in A Minor, BWV 1013: II. Courante (Arr. by Anders Lundegård)
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3. Flute Partita in A Minor, BWV 1013: III. Sarabande (Arr. by Anders Lundegård)
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4. Flute Partita in A Minor, BWV 1013: IV. Bourrée Anglaise (Arr. by Anders Lundegård)
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5. Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: I. Prelude (Arr. by Anders Lundegård)
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6. Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: II. Allemande (Arr. by Anders Lundegård)
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7. Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: III. Courante (Arr. by Anders Lundegård)
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8. Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: IV. Sarabande (Arr. by Anders Lundegård)
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9. Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: V. Bourrées (I and Ii) (Arr. by Anders Lundegård)
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10. Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012: VI. Gigue (Arr. by Anders Lundegård)
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11. Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: I. Prelude (Arr. by Anders Lundegård)
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12. Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: II. Loure (Arr. by Anders Lundegård)
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13. Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: III. Gavotte En Rondeau (Arr. by Anders Lundegård)
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14. Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: IV. Menuets I and II (Arr. by Anders Lundegård)
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15. Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: V. Bourrée (Arr. by Anders Lundegård)
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16. Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: VI. Gigue (Arr. by Anders Lundegård)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
IN PERFORMING these works on soprano and alto saxophone, Anders Lundegård maintains the original key and form, in accordance with the standard editions of Bach's own manuscripts. The only alteration is the octave transposition of the cello suite; the modern cello of today sounds one octave lower then the alto saxophone. However, Bach intended the sixth suite to be performed on a piccolo cello in order to facilitate the playing of the extended upper range, which he utilized composing in this, his final suite for unaccompanied cello. Hence, the range of the alto saxophone more than grants the composer's wish.

The violin partita, also the last of the six works for solo violin, is equally enhanced by the sonority of the soprano saxophone. The flute partita, performed on soprano saxophone as well, mimics the timbre of the Baroque era transverse flute. Although the occasional appearance of double-stops in the violin partita and the cello suite challenges the saxophonist, Bach's impeccable counterpoint allows the single-line instrument to remodel these as arpeggios.


J.S. BACH (1685-1750) composed all of his unaccompanied music for violin, cello and flute from 1718-1725, seven dramatic years marked by trauma and change - the title page for one of the cello suites reads "lonely but free." The flute partita dates from 1718, while Bach served Prince Leopold as Kapellmeister at Cöthen. In 1720 Bach completed the cycle of violin partitas even as his first wife Marie Barbara (1685-1720) passed away. In November of the same year Bach visited Hamburg, and was offered a post as organist at the Jakobikirche, which he declined. The sixth cello suite was written during an eventful 1725: Bach was working as Thomaskantor in Leipzig, his tenth child, Christian Gottlieb was born, and his forerunner Scarlatti died. All three compositions are based on the traditional baroque dance suite from (i.e. allemande, courante, sarabande, etc.). Bach's use of these dance forms marked an artistic high point of the genre. Had the saxophone been invented 125 years earlier, Bach and his contemporaries would undoubtedly have written for the instrument - while praising its multi-faceted tone color and dynamics.

Anders Lundegård was born and bred in Växjö, Sweden. This mid-sized town, surrounded by deep pine forests in the middle south of Sweden, is otherwise mostly noted for producing world-class tennis champions, such as Jonas Björkman and Mats Wilander. Educated at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm and at Northwestern University as a Fulbright Scholar, Anders now resides in Washington, DC, where he has made a career as a financial planner.

He is the founder of The Swedish Jazz Duo, along with guitarist and singer Al Baumann. Lundegård’s own semiannual concert series, at the Lyceum, a concert venue in Old Town Alexandria, alternates between chamber music and jazz performances, often featuring his compositions in both genres. The subject of his doctoral dissertation was the saxophone concerto by the Swedish composer Lars-Erik Larsson, its relevance to the development of the saxophone repertoire, as well as its place in the history of the concerto genre. For his work as a saxophone scholar, Dr. Lundegård received the noteworthy American-Scandinavian Foundation Award, presented personally by the late Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland, Sweden.
Besides performing his own works for saxophone and piano, Anders performs extensively the chamber music repertoire originally written for flute, clarinet, violin and cello. His own adaptations for saxophone include works by the great composers such as Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin and Rachmaninoff. His previous recordings include all of Bach’s unaccompanied suites for cello, performed on various saxophones. Among his many solo appearances, he has appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and as a soloist with the renowned Swedish string orchestra Musica Vitae. Between concert seasons, he is an avid sailor and the proud owner of a 23-ft sailboat named after his two grandmothers Greta (port side) and Gudrun (starboard side).

Visit his site Lundegard.com

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