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  Red Rose Music -
  RRM 06
  Eliot Fisk plays Bach and Scarlatti (Volume 6)
  Bach: Partita No. 3 in E major BWV 1006 (Transcribed for Guitar by Eliot Fisk) & Luite Suite in G, Domenico Scarlatti: Five Sonatas

Eliot Fisk (guitar)
Track listing:
  1-7. Bach: Partita No. 3 in E major BWV 1006
8-12. Domenico Scarlatti: Five Sonatas
13-16. Bach: Lute Suite in G

Total time: 44:29
  Classical - Instrumental
  Single Layer
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Recording info:
  Recorded by Mark Levinson, General Theological Seminary, New York City, 1977

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Review by Fugue February 17, 2009 (3 of 4 found this review helpful)
I love this SACD! I've enjoyed the 30 year old 45 rpm LP over the years and was thrilled to see it issued on SACD. In fact, this SACD is the reason I bought an SACD player. Eliot's guitar sounds far warmer and "woodier" on this release than on most of his other CDs. (I too am a classical guitarist, so I am perhaps more sensitive to tone than non-guitar listeners.) Some feel that Fisk is too wild and intense, but for me, few can approach him in Baroque repertoire. His Scarlatti transcriptions are far more faithful to the originals than many other players': his extraordinary technique allows him to include fuller textures. He's pretty much the same risk-taking player today that he was back when this was recorded--perhaps a bit more mature. For heaven's sake, don't judge his playing by some of those horrid YouTube videos! He was captured on a night when things did not go well. I've made a few videos of him performing jaw-dropping feats of prestidigitation. Anyway, this SACD is warmly recommended to all music lovers, and not just to guitar lovers.

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Review by JW August 12, 2003 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
I bought this SACD because ML's recordings on Red Rose Music were highly thought of - sonically speaking that is. Most of the stuff he brought out is audiophile nonsense and self-agrandization in my view, but I did hear about this nice guitar recording by Eliot Fisk. When I had the opportunity to get it for 9 bucks I thought it a good time to try it.

Like the other reviewer I was pleasantly surprised. The guitar playing is sensitive and articulate. I would caution the casual listener though as this is an entire disc by 'one man and his acoustical guitar'. You gotta love it, as they say. But it's beautifully recorded, tape hiss and all, and it's just beautiful music. Would I have bought it at full price? I don't think so, but that does not detract from the other comments made by me and the previous reviewer.


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Review by jbcortes May 10, 2003 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Having never heard of Eliot Fisk, I was a little worried as a classical music lover to get another one of those "audiophile" records when I bought this SACD. Well it's artistically a great, great surprise. Eliot Fisk is an amazing guitar player, he obviously plays with his soul and this is obvious all through the record. Those who like Hopkinson Smith on the lute should love Eliot Fisk.
Sound is first rate, the guitar is sweet yet very clear. And although the analogue tape's hiss is audible, this is for once a transfer that fully benefits from the DSD technology. Obviously, the recording would have been even better as a native DSD recording, but that doesn't prevent me from giving 5 stars to the sonics. Mark Levinson has done a great job here.

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Works: 1  

Johann Sebastian Bach - Violin Partita in E major, BWV 1006