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Bach's Musical Offerings

Calefax Reed Quintet, Arthur Klaassens

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Sonata sopr'il soggetto reale  
1.1
I. Largo (After J.S. Bach's BWV 1079)
Raaf Hekkema; Calefax Reed Quintet; Arthur Klaassens
6:13
Regis issu cantio et reliqua canonica arte resoluta  
1.2
Ricercar à 3 (After J.S. Bach's BWV 1079)
Raaf Hekkema; Calefax Reed Quintet; Arthur Klaassens
5:31
Sonata sopr'il soggetto reale  
1.3
II. Allegro (After J.S. Bach's BWV 1079)
Raaf Hekkema; Calefax Reed Quintet; Arthur Klaassens
5:50
Thematis Regii elaborationes canonicae  
1.4
Thematis Regii elaborationes canonicae I (After J.S. Bach's BWV 1079)
Raaf Hekkema; Calefax Reed Quintet; Arthur Klaassens
3:07
Sonata sopr'il soggetto reale  
1.5
III. Andante (After J.S. Bach's BWV 1079)
Raaf Hekkema; Calefax Reed Quintet; Arthur Klaassens
3:15
Thematis Regii elaborationes canonicae  
1.6
Thematis Regii elaborationes canonicae II (After J.S. Bach's BWV 1079)
Raaf Hekkema; Calefax Reed Quintet; Arthur Klaassens
3:51
Sonata sopr'il soggetto reale  
1.7
IV. Allegro (After J.S. Bach's BWV 1079)
Raaf Hekkema; Calefax Reed Quintet; Arthur Klaassens
2:48
Thematis Regii elaborationes canonicae  
1.8
Thematis Regii elaborationes canonicae III (After J.S. Bach's BWV 1079)
Raaf Hekkema; Calefax Reed Quintet; Arthur Klaassens
4:07
Regis issu cantio et reliqua canonica arte resoluta  
1.9
Ricercar à 6 (After J.S. Bach's BWV 1079)
Raaf Hekkema; Calefax Reed Quintet; Arthur Klaassens
6:02
1.10
14 Canons (After J.S. Bach's BWV 1087)
Raaf Hekkema; Calefax Reed Quintet; Arthur Klaassens
4:27
Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her (After J.S. Bach's BWV 769)  
1.11
Var. 1, In canone all'ottava
Raaf Hekkema; Calefax Reed Quintet
5:05
1.12
Var. 2, Alio modo in canone alla quinta
Raaf Hekkema; Calefax Reed Quintet
2:01
1.13
Var. 3, In canone alla settima
Raaf Hekkema; Calefax Reed Quintet
5:35
1.14
Var. 4, In canone all'ottava per augmentationem
Raaf Hekkema; Calefax Reed Quintet
5:47
1.15
Var. 5, L'altra sorte del canone al rovescio
Raaf Hekkema; Calefax Reed Quintet
3:54
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    67:33
The Dutch reed quintet Calefax celebrates 35 years of adventurous and versatile musicianship with a collection of Musical Offerings from Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged by the ensemble’s saxophonist Raaf Hekkema. Arthur Klaassens joins the ensemble on a lupophone and english horn for Musikalisches Opfer, the main course of this programme, as well as for the 14 Canons, BWV 1087, further expanding the ensemble’s sonic palette. The album concludes with Bach's Canonic variations on Vom Himmel hoch. All nine know versions of the melody have found a place in Raafs arrangement, resulting in a many-coloured Christmas collage.

Bach’s Musical Offerings is Calefax’ third PENTATONE release, after the well-received Dido & Aeneazz (2019), a virtuosic and eclectic recomposition of Purcell’s famous opera performed with trumpetist Eric Vloeimans, as well as Hidden Gems (2018), showcasing the quintet’s versatility with pieces ranging from Corelli and Satie to Nina Simone.
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