Get 20% off and FREE SHIPPING on Sam Russell's Baroque Record - Bach's 1st and 2nd Cello Suites for Electric Guitar
Until Thursday October 18th, you can enjoy a special 20% discount either the MP3 download edition, or the signed CD edition (includes FREE shipping), of Sam's rendition of Bach's 1st and 2nd Cello Suites
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Sam Russell has two musical passions. The first is heavy metal. The second, is baroque music. Bach, Vivaldi, Paganini; Sam is a great fan of them all. Usually, when a heavy metal player performs a classical piece, you get a predictable heavy metal guitar tone and the notes are played as straight 16th notes, like a machine gun firing... which can be cool, but isn't great. When Sam recorded Bach's 1st and 2nd Cello Suites on electric guitar, he wanted to take a more stylistically appropriate approach, asking himself,
"If Bach had an electric guitar, how would he play it?"
Taking inspiration from great classical players such as Yoyo-Ma, and under instruction by classical cellist Jacqueline Phillips, Sam slowly pieced together a beautiful rendition of Bach's 1st and 2nd cello suites on electric guitar. Using a clean guitar tone, a "push-pull" sense of timing and a delicate use of rubato combined with a gorgeous effects trail, Sam created the record which you can listen to, and buy a copy of today.
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"If you’re into baroque music, you will definitely enjoy this rendition."
"While this is not the first time Bach’s first cello suite in G major has been transcribed for guitar, this still stands as a rather unique version, and the style of playing throughout shows Sam Russell’s tasteful mastery of the instrument. If you’re into baroque music, you will definitely enjoy this rendition. And even if you’re not, you might find yourself surprised, as I was, by the movement of the music, as well as how well it translates to electric guitar."
Ultimate Guitar.com Review
Why Did Sam Choose Bach's Cello Suites?
I can’t quite remember how I ended up doing this,” Sam recalls, “I heard prelude on the radio in my car one day, and wondered if I could play it on guitar. It turns out I could, then things got a bit out of control and I ended up spending a couple of years learning the entire 1st and 2nd suites.”
Sam worked on learning the pieces across a 2-3 year time span. While transcribing the music was relatively simple, learning it was another matter. “The music was written for cello, which is tuned differently to a guitar. The interval between strings on a cello is a perfect fifth, on a guitar it is a perfect 4th. What this means, is that a piece that was challenging for cello, is even more challenging for guitar!”
After putting some serious time into learning the pieces, he went to MTR Studios in West London to record them. “I recorded the 1st suite in 2016 and the 2nd suite in 2017, so there was a bit of time between the two. I originally released the 1st suite as an EP, but after doing the 2nd suite, it made more sense to have a full length.”
This record features a second world first on, an electric guitar and cello duet of Prelude from Suite 1. “I worked with a cellist called Jacqueline Philips on this, she is incredibly talented, a fantastic musician and extremely patient!” While learning the 1st and 2nd suite, Sam took lessons with Jacqueline. “I thought it would be important to get a cellists perspective on what I was doing, to find out the approach they would take. Jacqueline gave me valuable advice and insights on how to play the pieces better and how I could use the sound of the electric guitar to my advantage.”
"...enjoy this presentation of a great old work in a very new sound..."
"This transcription for a plucked instrument naturally sounds very different from the usual performances on the instrument for which Bach wrote the piece. However Bach himself was no stranger to transcribing music written for string instrument to keyboard, when he transformed Vivaldi violin concertos to harpsichord concertos. For that matter, pieces Bach wrote for harpsichord are regularly played on modern pianos by some of the greatest modern pianists–more usually than not, in fact. So enjoy this presentation of a great old work in a very new sound. The playing is clear, delicate even, and quite pleasurable.."
R James Tolbin, Review for Classical.net
What You Get With Your Purchase:
Signed DigiPak CD:
After ordering the MP3 album, you will be taken to a download page instantly after checkout, where you will be able to download your new album. You will also be emailed a link to revisit that page, so that you can download the album again, should you lose your files.
The signed DigiPak edition of the album will be made to order - the order will be submitted to the manufacturers the day after this special, limited promotion ends, so please allow 1-2 weeks for delivery.
This is a limited special offer, and after October 18th, the price will go up and the DigiPak will not be signed!
"...This is a fantastic adaptation of one of Bach’s greatest works...."
"Electric guitar virtuoso Sam Russell has painstakingly transcribed Bach’s first cello suite for the electric guitar and released an accompanying CD to showcase the beauty and compatibility of Bach’s work on the electric guitar. The suite is comprised of a prelude followed by a series of dances in various 16th century styles....
...This is a fantastic adaptation of one of Bach’s greatest works. It’s clear that these pieces are all a pleasure to play, big curly wigs off to Sam Russell for transcribing these pieces. It must have been real Bach breaking work."
Nina - Review for Kaderverinezine.com
This is a strictly limited offer! After October 18th, this offer will be taken down, so buy your copy of Bach's 1st and 2nd Cello Suites on Electric Guitar today, and enjoy this rendition of a timeless baroque masterpiece