His first album on Deutsche Grammophon is devoted to a composer with whom he has always felt close: "I began and continued my studies with Bach. I played a good many of the preludes and fugues from the Well Tempered Clavier, the Italian Concerto, and many other works... But as far as recording is concerned, I didn't 'start' with Bach, it's true. For me, this disc represents the culmination of 45 years of 'all-terrain' musical experience.
For this album Richard Galliano has chosen works originally written for cello, oboe, violin, keyboard, and flute and arranged them for accordion with the accompaniment of five collaborators: violinists Jean-Marc Philips and Sebastian Surel, the viola player Jean-Marc Apap, cellist Raphal Pidoux, and the double bassist Stephan Logerot.
Richard Galliano is an exceptionally versatile musician, whose many artistic collaborations and encounters include playing with Enrico Rava, Charlie Haden, Michel Portal, Jan Garbarek, Martial Solal, Anouar Brahem, and Paolo Fresu, to name just a few.
Galliano says, "Bach's music is universal. When I play it I don't change a note, not a breath, not a rest... I play the text complete, without any adaptation." From the Label
Performance CreditsRichard Galliano Primary Artist,Accordion,Bandoneon
Jean-Marc Apap Viola
Raphaël Pidoux Cello
Stéphane Logerot Double Bass
Sébastien Surel Violin
Jean-Marc Phillips-Varjabédian Violin
Technical CreditsJohann Sebastian Bach Composer
Richard Galliano Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Musical Producer
Kenneth Chalmers Liner Note Translation
Guillaume Mis Engineer
Vincent Bessières Liner Notes
Yann Ollivier Producer
Reinhard Luthje Liner Note Translation
Emmanuel Jolivet Producer,Executive Producer,Musical Producer