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Canons, cabbages and the Goldberg Variations.
David Juritz and Sandy Burnett talk about Bach
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Bach plays with canons
David Juritz talks about Bach’s use of canons

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In Tune 15 April 2021 Radio 3

Interview with Sean Rafferty on BBC Radio 3 In Tune

In Tune with Sean Rafferty

‘It’s always lovely to chat with Sean Rafferty’.
David Juritz, Craig Ogden and Tim Hugh talking about the Goldberg Variations on BBC Radio 3 In Tune. 

Arranging the Goldbergs for violin, guitar and cello
David Juritz 

In 2017 I started work on an arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for violin, guitar and cello for a concert at the lovely Studio Music series in Brightlingsea.

 

I very quickly realised that it wasn’t a particularly good idea. Distributing the parts between the instruments was problematic (the range of the guitar and cello are very similar), as was finding idiomatic ways to treat the passagework.

 

Unfortunately, by this time, the concert programme had already been printed leaving me with no other option than to put my anxiety to one side and continue. Luckily, I had two factors on my side while working on this project: Bach’s wonderful counterpoint and, in Craig Ogden, a virtuoso guitarist whose technical accomplishment is matched only by his Aussie ability to remain unruffled in the face of any challenge. Listeners may notice that the guitar and the cello are often exploring the upper reaches of their range. (The violin part lies very comfortably though!).

 

I found that the different colours and attack of the three instruments complemented one another beautifully while providing just the right degree of contrast. It was also possible to emulate the passages Bach wrote for a double keyboard while the guitar’s rhythmic energy and incision, like a harpsichord’s, allows his counterpoint to emerge with real clarity.’

 

I’ve tried to stay as faithful to Bach’s score as possible and also to remain in a sound world that would have been familiar to him.  We’ve found that the different colours and attack of the three instruments complement one another well and create just the right degree of contrast. It was also possible to emulate the passages Bach wrote for a double keyboard while the guitar’s rhythmic energy and incision, like a harpsichord’s, allows his counterpoint to emerge with real clarity.

 

Had I been more sensible this project may never have happened but an enthusiastic audience and our enjoyment of new music to explore encouraged us to continue.  We’re delighted that it’s final resulted, not only in our recording, but also in the publication of the score and parts for other musicians seeking new repertoire. D.J.

 

Bach's Goldberg Variations David Juritz

Goldberg Variations

David Juritz violin
Craig Ogden guitar
Tim Hugh cello

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Released 2 April 2021

“One hopes that Juritz’s “curating” of a great classic will appear on CD.
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1. Aria
2. Variatio 1. a 1 Clav.
3. Variatio 2. a 1 Clav.
4. Variatio 3. Canone all’ Unisuono. a 1 Clav.
5. Variatio 4. a 1 Clav.
6. Variatio 5. 1 ô vero 2 Clav.
7. Variatio 6. Canone alla Seconda. a 1 Clav.
8. Variatio 7. a 1 ô vero 2 Clav. al tempo di Giga
9. Variatio 8. a 2 Clav.
10. Variatio 9. Canone alla Terza. a 1 Clav.
11. Variatio 10. Fugetta. a 1 Clav.
12. Variatio 11. a 2 Clav.
13. Variatio 12. Canone alla Quarta. a 1 Clav.
14. Variatio 13. a 2 Clav.
15. Variatio 14. a 2 Clav.
16. Variatio 15. Canone alla Quinta. a 1 Clav.(in moto contrario) andante
17. Variatio 16. Ouverture. a 1 Clav.
18. Variatio 17. a 2 Clav.
19. Variatio 18. Canone alla Sexta. a 1 Clav.
20. Variatio 19. a 1 Clav.
21. Variatio 20. a 2 Clav.
22. Variatio 21. Canone alla Settima. a 1 Clav.
23. Variatio 22. a 1 Clav. alla breve
24. Variatio 23. a 2 Clav.
25. Variatio 24. Canone all’ Ottava.a 1 Clav.
26. Variatio 25. a 2 Clav. adagio
27. Variatio 26. a 2 Clav.
28. Variatio 27. Canone alla Nona. a 2 Clav.
29. Variatio 28. a 2 Clav.
30. Variatio 29. a 1 ô vero 2 Clav.
31. Variatio 30. Quodlibet. a 1 Clav.
32. Aria da capo
Total playing time 79:40

Bach Sonatas and Partitas

Bach Sonatas and Partitas

A cd of Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin.

Everything sounds fresh and natural, not over-dramatised, but with full of warm and welcoming expression. One can feel Juritz values Bach as a kind of priceless gift which he can give unreservedly, and with a sense of musical story-telling which I find increasingly beguiling the more I hear it.” 

Dominy Clements, Musicweb-international.com

Sonata no.1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Partita no.1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Sonata no.2 in A minor, BWV 1003
Partita no.2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Sonata no.3 in C major, BWV 1005
Partita no.3 in D minor, BWV 1006

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Four Seasons

Vivaldi Four Seasons and other concertos

David Juritz violin/director
The London Mozart Players
Includes performances of two of Vivaldi’s rarely heard concertos for violin and double orchestra.

Compared with other leading modern-instrument versions …. Juritz’s account is markedly superior”
The Times

Spring
1. Allegro
2. Largo e pianissimo
3. Danza pastorale. Allegro
Summer
4. Allegro
5. Adagio
6. Presto
Autumn
7. Allegro
8.Adagio
9. La Caccia, Allegro
Winter
10. Allegro non molto
11. Largo e cantabile
12. Allegro

Concerto in D major for violin
and double orchestra, RV 582
‘The Assumption of the Virgin Mary’
13. Allegro
14. Grave
15. Allegro

Concerto in C major for violin
and double orchestra, RV 581
‘The Assumption of
the Virgin Mary’
16. Adagio e staccato –
Allegro ma poco, poco
17. Largo
18. Allegro

Total running time 62:39

Gal Shostakovich

Gál, Shostakovich: Piano Trios

Briggs Piano Trio

Sarah Beth Briggs, piano
David Juritz, violin
Kenneth Woods, cello

Continuing AVIE’s acclaimed and influential series of recordings of the music of Austrian émigré Hans Gál, this latest release brings together two of today’s most eminent Gál interpreters, Sarah Beth Briggs and Kenneth Woods with violin virtuoso David Juritz for a recording of Gál’s breathtakingly lyrical Piano Trio in E major and his witty Variations on a Popular Viennese Tune. Gál’s music and destiny was shaped by war and political upheaval, as was that of Dmitri Shostakovich, whose Piano Trio in E minor, one of the monuments of 20th century chamber music, is a harrowing souvenir of the times in which it was written.
Cat No. AV2390 

 

“… execution and musical acumen … make this performance of Shostakovich’s E-Minor Piano Trio a top contender. Add to that the two compelling Gál works, and the case for this release just went from “strongly” to “urgently” recommended.”
Briggs Trio
Gál and Shostakovich Piano Trios
Jerry Dubins Fanfare Magazine

Music Web International

“You have to hear Juritz’s part-sneering/part-simpering, half-glissando/half-portamento slides to really appreciate Shostakovich’s satirizing indictment of ethnic stereotyping.”
Music Web International

Hans Gál (1890 – 1987)
Piano Trio in E, Op. 18 (28.41)
1. I. Tranquillo ma con moto (11.58)
2. II. Allegro violento (5.42)
3. III. Adagio mesto (11.01)

4.Variationen über eine Wiener Heurigenmelodie, Op. 9 (7.10)
(Variations on a Popular Viennese Tune)

Dmitri Shostakovich (1906 – 1975)
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 (27.08)
5. I. Andante (7.36)
6. II. Allegro con brio (3.05)
7. III. Largo (5.15) – Hans Gál Concerto for Piano & Orchestra
8. IV. Allegretto (11.12) Mozart Piano Concerto No. 22, K482

Total time: 63.05

Recording: 2018, Wyastone Leys, Monmouth, UK
Recording produced, engineered and edited by Simon Fox-Gál

Slow dances, quiet passions

Slow dances, quiet passions

David Juritz violin
Skaila Kanga harp
Michael Dussek piano 

Romantic music for violin, piano and harp including Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Elgar and Gershwin.

“A born rhetorician … telling a story at every moment.”
Culture Kiosque
Slow dances, quiet passions

1. Tchaikovsky Melodie
2. Ravel Piece en Forme de Habanera
3. Debussy La Plus que Lente
4. John Williams Theme from Schindler’s List
5. Stanley Myers
Theme from The Deer Hunter
6. Heinz Provost Intermezzo
7. Gershwin/Heifetz Summertime
8. Gershwin/Heifetz
It Ain’t Necessarily So
9. Gershwin/Heifetz
Bess, You is My Woman Now
10. Ponce Estrellita
11. Trad arr. Kanga
Londonderry Air
12. Trad arr. Kanga
Endearing Young Charms
13. Trad arr. Kanga
Ye Banks and Ye Braes
14. Debussy The Girl with the Flaxen hair
15. Satie Gymnopedie 1
16. Elgar Sospiri
17. Rachmaninoff Vocalise
18. Sibelius Valse triste
19. de Falla Asturiana
20. de Falla Nana