Out Now - Recomposed by Peter Gregson: Bach – The Cello Suites

Out Now - Recomposed by Peter Gregson: Bach – The Cello Suites
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The Award-winning cellist and composer Peter Gregson is the latest contemporary composer to be invited by Deutsche Grammophon to reinterpret iconic works in the classical canon for their pioneering Recomposed series. His album Recomposed by Peter Gregson: Bach – The Cello Suites was released on Friday, October 19.

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Gregson follows in the footsteps of contemporaries Matthew Herbert, Matthias Arfmann, Jimi Tenor and Max Richter, whose Recomposed by Max Richter – Vivaldi: The Four Seasons was the previous, hugely popular release in the series.

For his record, Gregson ‘recomposed’ perhaps the best-loved of all works for his instrument, the Bach Cello Suites. His approach was to retain the shape and flow of the suites, whilst still allowing his own aesthetic to come through. Gregson’s reinterpretation adds a new instrumental dimension, reimagining them for a five-person cello ensemble, analogue synthesizers and his own solo cello. The recording was made at the infamous AIR Studios in London with complex and high production values that made use of the physical space. The five cellists were widely dispersed throughout the studio galleries and Gregson turned the variety of analogue synthesizers, which he played himself, into acoustic instruments by re-amplifying them. The result is a multilayered sound that brings a new aural dimension to the works.

Recomposed by Peter Gregson: Bach – The Cello Suites marks the start of a new and exclusive partnership with Deutsche Grammophon. Upcoming live performances of Gregson’s take on Bach include the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville Tennessee in March 2019 and Bach Evolution – a special celebration of the release at the Royal Albert Hall alongside Víkingur Ólafsson and Clark in May 2019.

Watch the music video for 1. Prelude

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