Bach in the Americas – HEAR NOW
The music of Paraguay, Brazil, and the U.S., with a splash of Bach
The making of Bach in the Americas
We found the takes for this album in a collection of recorded and edited works, stored in a forgotten studio closet. To our delight, these recordings had never been released. We recorded at various churches and at different times, probably here in North Carolina and often late at night! Heitor Villa Lobos, Agustin Barrios Mangore, Robert J. Powell and Gordon Kreplin – the composers on this album – all have been deeply influenced by the music of Bach. Microphones by Microtech Geffel and Neumann; pre-amps by Michael Grace and John Hardy.
These beautiful recorded performances by guitarist Gordon Kreplin have been released as a celebration of music from the Americas, while paying homage to the timeless beauty and genius of J. S. Bach.
The Repertoire on Bach in the Americas
Suite for Violoncello BWV 1007 by J. S. Bach, transcribed by Gordon Kreplin
Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750, was a prolific composer of both sacred and secular music. He freely transcribed derivative works from one instrument to another. Bach most certainly would have utilized the modern classical guitar, if it had been available.
About the Artist – Guitarist Gordon Kreplin
Gordon Kreplin has performed throughout the US, Spain, Portugal and South America. Critics and audiences alike have experienced his performances as having an easy warmth. His concerts in Spain and South America were sponsored by the United States Information Service (USIS). Kreplin received an A+ rating from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and USIS for touring abroad.
Kreplin’s teachers include Jose Tomas at the Oscar Espla Conservatory (where he studied for two years), Andres Segovia at Musica de Compostela, and John Marlow at American University. Kreplin served for four years in the North Carolina Visiting Artist program. He has taught at various universities in the U.S. Kreplin also taught at El Conservatorio de Horta on the island of Faial in Portugal. He is also Co-Founder and Co-Director of Ascencion Music Academy on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
What critics have said – Performance Reviews
“In his recital at the Phillips Gallery, Gordon Kreplin played with an easy warmth … he gave himself time to follow the sensuous turns that abound in Spanish guitar music, imparting a languorous sense of space as the lines unfolded.”Joanne Sheehy Hoover, The Washington Post
” … Kreplin made magic … classical technique that was almost transcendent … the audience roared its approval.”Morgan Wilde, Tallahassee Democrat”
… spirited and dynamic.”Raleigh News and Observer, Raleigh NC