FAME Review: Bach Reformed - In Double
Bach Reformed - In Double

In Double

Bach Reformed

Available from E Music.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker

'In Double' refers to the fact that this is a duet of Dana Lynn and Rob Moose (cousin to Monty Python's Anne Elk?) on fiddle and mandolin/tenor guitar respectively. The release's origins are amusing. Short of material to perform at an art gallery exhibition in N.Y. a while back, Dana produced the transcription for Bach's Six Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo, and the two dove into minuets and gigues only to find the guests well pleased and their kids dancing (but not waltzes and foxtrots, I'll wager). Thus was a notion born and thus this CD of very formalist interpretations. Those last two words are important.

The first indication of departure from orthodoxy is indeed the use of a fiddle announcing its presence in unmistakable, though very agreeable, fashion, the raspy instrument lending an earthier resonance to the recitals. Just as striking is the mandolin and guitar's chameleonic underpinnings, where Moose oft poses the instruments as lutes and even harpsichords (it's all in a master's touch, y'all, all in the touch). The recording is as of a chamber performance, airy but not overly so, a feeling of openness and intimacy marrying, but tip an ear to the section in Partita #3 where the mando assumes the fronting voice and Lyn wields her fiddle as though a harmonium—my my my!—just before leaping out in bumble bee flight.

Though to a quite decent degree interpretational—again, the performance is so spotless that you'll think otherwise at first—Lyn & Moose could have as easily presented the oeuvre at Royce Hall (UCLA) as at that gallery on the East Coast. Intricate, convoluted, mathematical, precise, yet warm and most definitely inviting, In Double will have you harking back to the vitality of Neville Marriner's work in the Amadeus film (yes, Mozart, but what the hell, hm?, he and JoJo were equal geniuses), so the adjective for this is 'lovely'…and then some.

Track List:

  • Partita #3 in E-Major for Violin Solo (Preludio / Loure / Gavotte / Minuet [I - II] / Bourree / Gigue)
  • Partita #1 in B-Minor for Violin Solo (Sarabande / Double)
  • Suite #1 in G-Major for Unaccompanied Cello (Prelude / Allemande / Courante / Sarabande / Minuet [I - II] / Gigue)
All songs written by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Edited by: David N. Pyles


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