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Baroque Legacy - Jeremy McCoy and Friends

MS 1440


Playing time: 71'44"
Tracks: 24
Booklet pages: 12
© 2012 Jeremy McCoy
Review received and scheduled for publication

Listen: J S Bach: Allegro (Sonata in D, BWV 1028) (track 12, 0:00-0:56)

Matthew Larkin, positiv organ
Kurt Muroki, (continuo) double bass
Kevin Murphy, harpsichord
Shirien Taylor-Donahue, violin
Caterina Maria Szepes, violin
Milan Milisavljevic, viola
Jerry Grossman, cello

Jeremy McCoy, double bass

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750):

Sonata in G, BWV 1027
1 Adagio
2 Allegro ma non tanto
3 Andante
4 Allegro moderato

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759):

Sonata in C
5 Adagio
6 Allegro
7 Adagio
8 Allegro

Johann Sebastian Bach:

Sonata in D, BWV 1028
9 Adagio
10 Allegro
11 Andante
12 Allegro

Henry Eccles (c1680-c1740):

Sonata in G minor
13 Largo
14 Corrente. Allegro con spirito
15 Adagio
16 Vivace

Johann Sebastian Bach:

Sonata in G minor, BWV 1029
17 Vivace
18 Adagio
19 Allegro

François Couperin (1668-1733), arranged 1924 by Paul Bazelaire:

Pièces en Concert
20 Prélude
21 Siciliène
22 La Tromba
23 Plainte
24 Air de Diable

The programme on this recording is comprised of some of the many baroque works that showcase the double bassís sonorous voice throughout all of its registers. These works demand virtuosic dexterity and a sophisticated command of the bow, but lay rather comfortably on the instrument. Sounding an octave lower than written, they do not require further transposition or a departure from the original contours of the music. The performances are on a double bass set up in a modern orchestral fashion with steel strings, and I have therefore felt at liberty to play in a stylistic manner informed instinctively out of all of my experience. Although historically informed performance practices have had an indelible influence on how we play and listen to music of the Baroque era, the essential content of this music still remains timeless and durable.

Recorded 13 February 2011 at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA.


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