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SLEEPERS AWAKE! – NEW SOLO ALBUM
The music of Johann Sebastian Bach
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After exploring a variety of musical repertoires, Rafael has returned to his great love of playing Bach. Johann Sebastian Bach is considered the greatest musical genius this planet has ever known. Held in the highest esteem by musical greats such as Beethoven and Mozart, Bach took music to new heights, the likes of which the world had never heard before. Rafael is taking his lifetime of musical training to breathe new life into Bach’s music, by recording it on the electric guitar. Some would view this as utter blasphemy, others as simply brave! However, with deep reverence Rafael is using his knowledge of the Baroque period, traditional lute techniques, and his experience as a modern day guitarist, to explore new sounds and interpretations of Bach’s cello and lute suites, his various dances, and violin partitas.
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The works presented here are a selection of Bach’s classic tunes, still thriving today, as much as they were in the Baroque era. Surprisingly Bach’s music contains harmonic structures and tonalities that are similar to the pop and rock music of today. These tunes are lyrical in nature and are instantly recognisable to the modern ear. Recorded on a Joe Pass Epiphone guitar through a Vox amplifier. This is the first time these works have been recorded on an electric guitar, although to the listener, they sound like they were written for the instrument! A credit to the genius and timelessness of one of the greatest composers the world has ever known.
Prelude 3rd cello suite
Courante 3rd cello suite
Prelude in D major
Prelude in D minor
Minuet in G major
Bouree in E minor
Air on a G String major