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Kenneth Keaton
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

David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2012

If you have a need for Bach’s music transcribed for a modern guitar, then this must be as good as they come. As Bach was not averse to selling his music transcribing into any number of versions so as to feed his ever growing family, he was also to compose many works in an ambiguous state as to the instrument intended. So here we have a disc devoted to four extended works, three intended for harpsichord, and a Lute Suite that might well have been composed for the lute-harpsichord, a hybrid keyboard instrument that resembled the sound of the lute. Without seeing the guitar scores it would appear that the transcriptions come directly, and with minimum intervention, from Bach’s original scores. …the much experienced young Frenchman, Judicael Perroy, has a very good feel for Baroque music both in shape and style…clarity of his playing and the unfailing accuracy of intonation. The Canadian recording is exemplary.

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