American Record Guide
, May 2012
BACH, J.S.: Guitar Transcriptions - Partita No. 2, BWV 826 / Lute Partita, BWV 997 / Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV 998 (Perroy) 8.572427
BACH, J.S.: Guitar Transcriptions - Cello Suite No. 4 / Violin Partita No. 2 / Chorale Preludes (Devine) 8.572740
Two releases from Naxos with the same title, both magnificent. Life is good.
Judicael Perroy…presents four major work…Each is given a masterly performance, perfectly idiomatic, deeply and profoundly expressive, technically impeccable even in the most challenging spots.
The partita is an amazing tour de force, one of Bach’s most complex keyboard works, yet sounding perfectly natural on the guitar. The suite and the Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro are as fine as Jason Vieaux’s excellent recording…And his Bach-Vivaldi transcription is overflowing with joy.
Graham Anthony Devine’s release is, if possible, even more delightful—in part because of his choice of works. His playing is technically and expressively as fine as Perroy’s, but with a different personality—warmer, friendlier, maybe even a touch more inventive. Perroy evoked awe, Devine smiles.
Both of these recordings are essential for anyone who loves Bach on the guitar. © 2012 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide online