J.S. Bach
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re: Bach

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Lara St.John
Accompaniment/Orchestra:see below
Soloists:see below
Instrumentation:Violin
Organ
Double Bass
Percussion
Clavinet
Guitar
Flute
Tabla
Cello
Electric Guitar
Individual Works:01 Largo
Lara St. John: violin
Pandit Danesh: tabla & percussion
Lawrence Cottell: fretless bass
John Themis: acoustic guitar
John Paracelli: electric guitar
Brian Gascoigne: hammond organ

02 Tocceilidh
Lara St. John: violin
Paul Clarvis: percussion
Chris Laurence: double bass
Dario Bonell, classical guitar
John Paracelli: steel string guitar & mandolin
Matthew Sharp: cello

03 Goldberg2
Lara St. John: violin
Paul Clarvis: percussion
Lawrence Cottell: bass
John Paracelli: guitars
Andy Findon: flute

04 Duetto
Lara St. John: violin, second violin
Chris Laurence: double bass
Matthew Sharp: cello
Brian Gascoigne: organ

05 Echo
Lara St. John: violin, second violin
Paul Clarvis: percussion
Chris Laurence: double bass
John Paracelli: guitars
Tim Vine: wurlitzer
Aziz Chabadiss: ney flute
Robbie Jacobs: cello

06 The Sicilian
Lara St. John: violin
Paul Clarvis: percussion
Chris Laurence: double bass
Yoad Nevo: electric bass, electric guitars
John Paracelli: classical guitar
Eddie Hessian: accordion

07 Bombay Minor
Lara St. John: violin
Trilok Gurtu: tabla

08 Recit
Lara St. John: violin
Trilok Gurtu: percussion & vocal effects
Yoad Nevo: electric bass, electric guitar
B. J. Cole: pedal steel guitar
Anna Noakes: alto flute
Brian Gascoigne: marimba

09 aria - 0,47
Lara St. John: violin
Robbie Jacobs: cello

10 Fugue
Lara St. John: violin
Trilok Gurtu: tabla & percussion
Chris Laurence: double bass
Matthew Sharp: cello
Kryzszhof Chorzelski: viola

11 Double
Lara St. John: violin
Trilok Gurtu: tabla & percussion
Chris Laurence: double bass
John Themis: guitar
Phil Todd: flute

12 Gigue
Lara St. John: violin
Pandit Danesh: tabla & percussion
Lawrence Cottell: bass
John Paracelli: electric guitars
Yoad Nevo: electric guitars
Aziz Chabadiss: ney flute
Greg Knowles: cymbalon
Matthew Sharp: cello

13 Prelude
Lara St. John: violin
Paul Clarvis: percussion
Lawrence Cottell: fretless bass
John Paracelli: guitars
Aziz Chabadiss: ney flute
Greg Knowles: cymbalon

14 Ten Fifty Two
Lara St. John: violin
Paul Clarvis: percussion
Chris Laurence: double bass
Tim Vine: wah clavinet
Brian Gascoigne: organ

15 BADinerie
Lara St. John: violin
Paul Clarvis: percussion
Chris Laurence: double bass
Tim Vine: wah clavinet
Brian Gascoigne: organ

Record Label:SONY Classical
Year Released/Recorded:2003
Total Playing Time:50:08
Related Web Site:http://www.larastjohn.com
Comments:Jan Hanford said:

This cd is a complete travesty: noodling guitars, synthesizer cliches, ethnic chants, jazzy bass, trendy percussion, a dash of techno and, oh, I almost forgot, some violin.

In my 4000+ cd collection I have everything from classical to rock to world beat to industrial to new age, etc.; I am not a classical purist. If it works I love it. This cd not only doesn't work, it's embarrassing.

Lara St. John is an extraordinarily talented violinist and it saddens me to see her wasted on useless fluff like this. The music is vaguely related to Bach, which is reinforced by the fact that none of the tracks indicate which of Bach's works it was derived from. If any of Lara's intended audience ("gee, I never liked classical music before") decides they'd like to pursue Bach's actual music I think they may have some trouble locating "Bombay Minor".

The bottom line is that the heart and soul have been removed from the music and have been replaced by new age cliches and dreams of $. It's the kind of thing I expect to hear playing in a store that sells tarot cards, candles and books about dolphins with incense in the air and posters on the walls advertising the next Yanni concert.

Acknowledgements:Collecting dust in the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:08/23/2003
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