Many thanks to a friend from “Down Under” for this beatiful vinyl
JSB’s music being interpreted by traditional Japanese instrumentation supported by a jazz rhythm section ? The hell, why not? And if it is made with such heartful dedication and love, it becomes a “MUST HAVE”.
# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
# Performer: Tadao Sawai and others
# Vinyl (1971)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: RCA
# DR-Analysis: DR: 13
# Size: 960 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory
How/why did this get made? God only knows, but I suspect that it was conceived and produced by the Japanese players who thought it would be an interesting musical exercise but that it then later made its way into the hands of an American label who thought that the only way to market such a chimera would be with a wacky angle and silly record cover. (As you can see, the cover depicts a gentleman in full baroque regalia whimsically nursing a koto in a traditional Japanese room. It’s basically a direct appropriation of the cover concept for Switched On Bach.) The liner notes continue this light-hearted theme with a faux interview with Bach himself who muses on his works, gives his approval to this new interpretation of his music and cracks a few very corny gags. The LP appears to have been released in an earlier incarnation in 1969 with the (slightly) less silly title “A New Sound From The Japanese Bach Scene”.
Despite the label trying to sell this set off as a bit of a joke, the music itself is very well produced and skilfully played. The fusion of the disparate elements of Bach, Japanese traditional and jazz works seamlessly and it’s actually a very congruent listen overall.
|A1||Toccata And Fugue In D Minor||4:20|
|A2||Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring||2:30|
|A4||Fugue No.1 (From The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I)||2:51|
|A6||Polonaise (From Orchestral Suite No.2)||3:13|
|A7||Bourree I (From English Suite No.2)||2:55|
|A8||Two – Part Invention No.1||1:24|
|B1||Air On The G-String (From Orchestral Suite No.3)||3:16|
|B2||Minuet In G (From The Notebook For Anna Magdalena)||2:42|
|B3||Arioso (Sinfonia From Cantata No.156)||3:25|
|B4||Gavotte I (From English Suite No.3)||2:04|
|B5||Bourree (From Partita No.1 For Solo Violin)||3:03|
|B6||Minuet In G Minor (From The Notebook For Anna Magdalena)||2:16|
|B7||“Little” Fugue In G Minor||4:01|
Analyzed folder: /96k JSB On The Koto
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR13 -1.55 dB -18.49 dB A1 Toccata And Fugue In D Minor.wav
DR13 -3.05 dB -19.31 dB A2 Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring.wav
DR11 -4.34 dB -18.87 dB A3 Prelude No.1.wav
DR11 -4.54 dB -17.99 dB A4 Fugue No.1 (From The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I).wav
DR12 -5.52 dB -20.98 dB A5 Sleepers, Wake.wav
DR13 -2.46 dB -18.24 dB A6 Polonaise (From Orchestral Suite No.2).wav
DR13 -0.44 dB -16.26 dB A7 Bourree I (From English Suite No.2).wav
DR13 -4.33 dB -20.45 dB A8 Two – Part Invention No.1.wav
DR10 -2.85 dB -16.27 dB B1 Air On The G-String (From Orchestral Suite No.3).wav
DR14 -4.39 dB -20.77 dB B2 Minuet In G (From The Notebook For Anna Magdalena).wav
DR10 -4.21 dB -17.95 dB B3 Arioso (Sinfonia From Cantata No.156).wav
DR14 -2.18 dB -18.89 dB B4 Gavotte I (From English Suite No.3).wav
DR14 -1.62 dB -18.27 dB B5 Bourree (From Partita No.1 For Solo Violin).wav
DR12 -4.23 dB -20.32 dB B6 Minuet In G Minor (From The Notebook For Anna Magdalena).wav
DR12 -3.91 dB -19.42 dB B7 ‘Little’ Fugue In G Minor.wav
Number of files: 15
Official DR value: DR12
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If You hear some clicks and pops here and there, Who cares?
Id rather have a few light anomalies instead of destroying the music.
Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.
I tend more and more, in the last time, to de-click with an automatic setting between 0.7 and 1.2 so you can say, my rips are like half rough rips.
- Software: iZotope RX 4 Advanced, Adobe Audition CS 5.5, Twisted Wave 1.9
- Very light de-clicking with iZotope, significant clicks manually removing, no de-noising
- DR-Analisys before converting to Flac
- Converting Wave -> Flac: Twisted Wave 1.9
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