Jon Persson | Bach, Rachmaninoff, Piazzolla & More For Accordion

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Bach, Rachmaninoff, Piazzolla & More For Accordion

by Jon Persson

This album contains a variety of different styles, from baroque pipe-organ music, to symphonic orchestral transcriptions, to argentine tango-nuevo, to russian virtuoso balalaika arrangements, performed on 2 kinds of classical accordions - a unique album.
Genre: Classical: Keyboard Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. "Great" Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543: Prelude
4:05 $0.99
2. "Little" Fugue in G Minor, BWV 578
4:43 $0.99
3. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: "Air on the G-String"
5:07 $0.99
4. Organ Symphony No. 5 in F, Op. 42, No. 1: V. Toccata
5:01 $0.99
5. Trois Melodies, Op. 7: I. "Apres Un Reve" (feat. James Smith)
3:39 $0.99
6. Serenade No. 13 for Strings in G Major (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik), K. 525: I. Allegro [feat. Alfred Martell]
3:59 $0.99
7. Polka "Italienne"
3:10 $0.99
8. "Adios Nonino"
3:51 $0.99
9. "Russian Sailors' Dance"
3:21 $0.99
10. Gayane Ballet Suite No. 1: IV. "Sabre Dance"
2:15 $0.99
11. Nocturne (feat. Bibs Ekkel)
7:07 $0.99
12. "Scenes From A Ballet" (feat. Bibs Ekkel)
3:29 $0.99
13. "My Husband Forced Me To Stoke The Bath-House Fire!" (feat. Bibs Ekkel)
1:21 $0.99
14. "Ah, The Night!" / "The Path In The Forest"
4:37 $0.99
15. Caprice (feat. Aleksei Siniavski)
4:02 $0.99
16. Czardas (feat. Aleksei Siniavski)
4:43 $0.99
17. "Withered Blossoms" / Round Dance (feat. Aleksei Siniavski)
4:43 $0.99
18. "Valenky" (feat. Aleksei Siniavski)
3:47 $0.99
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Album Notes
There were three different accordions used for these performances: 1. An italian-made Tonaveri chromatic-freebass
converter instrument, made in 1976, and possessing a great range of dynamic subtleties, from very mellow single-reed
tones, to full, open multi-reed orchestral-types of sounds; sort of a Steinway Concert Grand of accordions. 2. A russian
3-row bayan, the russian version of the european chromatic-keyboard accordion, but with an unsually powerful and solid sound for such a modest instrument. 3. A russian 5-row Jupiter bayan, a monster of an instrument, with an extremely powerful and deep bass section, and a 60-note range in the treble keyboard (not counting the extra 2 octaves available from changing to other registers, giving a total 80-note range, nearly as much as a full piano, and going almost as deep as the bass section - the treble to a low G, the bass to a low E).

Jon Persson began playing the accordion at age 10, piano at age 16, and the Russian accordion, or bayan, at age 21.

A native of Seattle, and graduate of the University of Washington, his parents came from Sweden and Norway, where the accordion has always been a part of traditional popular culture, as it is throughout Europe.

The accordion, though often used in folkmusic, is also widely accepted in Europe as a classical instrument, particularly in Russia, Germany, Scandinavia, Italy, France, and other countries.

Although Jon Persson has specialized in playing classical music on both piano and accordion, he also performs a wide variety of styles on both instruments, including pop standards, Broadway showtunes, ragtime, and Latin tangos.

In addition to doing numerous concert tours in the U.S., Canada, Scandinavia, and Asia, he also plays regularly on cruise ships and at resort hotels. He has also frequently toured with a Russian Balalaika - gypsy music ensemble, most recently on a Japanese luxury cruise ship during its World Cruise. And since 1990, he has been spending several months each year in New Orleans, playing often at parties and restaurants, especially at the popular "Genghis Khan", accompanying opera singers.



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