Baroqueswing Vol. I Charl du Plessis Trio

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  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750):
  • 1Präludium in B Minor, BWV 855a (Arranged by Alexander Siloti) [Re arranged by Charl du Plessis]05:40
  • 2Prelude & Fugue No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 847 (Arranged by Charl du Plessis)05:43
  • Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759): Rinaldo, HWV 7a:
  • 3Lascia ch'io piangia (Arranged by Charl du Plessis)03:18
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750):
  • 4Fantasia in C Minor, BWV 906 (Arranged by Charl du Plessis)04:42
  • Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068:
  • 5II. Air on a G-string (Arranged by Charl du Plessis)06:43
  • Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741): Le quattro stagioni, Violin Concerto No. 4 in F Minor, RV 297 "Winter":
  • 6I. Allegro non molto (Arranged by Charl du Plessis)03:50
  • 7II. Largo (Arranged by Charl du Plessis)05:28
  • 8III. Allegro (Arranged by Charl du Plessis)05:24
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750): Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006:
  • 9I. Preludio (Arranged by Charl du Plessis)02:35
  • 10III. Gavotte en rondeau (Arranged by Charl du Plessis)02:59
  • 11VII. Gigue (Arranged by Charl du Plessis)03:29
  • Johann Pachelbel (1653 - 1706): Canon and Gigue in D Major, P. 37:
  • 12I. Canon (Arranged by Charl du Plessis)03:50
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750):
  • 13Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826: VI. Capriccio (Arranged by Charl du Plessis)06:06
  • Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 846:
  • 14I. Prelude (Arranged by Charl du Plessis)04:29
  • Total Runtime01:04:16

Info zu Baroqueswing Vol. I

In 1999 I visited the beautiful village Ernen in the Alps of canton Wallis in Switzerland for the first time. I was selected to attend master classes by the world-renowned teacher and pianist György Sebök. He founded the master classes and an international music festival here. Little did I know that the weeks spent learning face to face with this master, practicing and watching him work with other pianists from all over the world would be my last chance. Sebök was diagnosed with cancer soon after that summer and passed away in Bloomington, Indiana where he was professor of piano for many years after leaving his native Hungary.

This great musician had a spirit that touched and inspired people wherever he went. I remember on our last day of the master classes the students got a final few minutes with him to ask questions or thank him if they wanted. I was in the queue because I was struggling with an important question. Sebök was sitting under the big tree in the middle of the town square having a cigarette. It was almost a holy moment as I sat down next to him – I guess like meeting the Queen or the Pope. “I can not decide if I should play classical music or jazz because I love both?” I asked. He smiled and as if he knew from my lessons in the previous weeks that this would be my question. He answered: “Music is music. As long as you love it and play it well.”

This has been my motto ever since and it has relieved me from the pigeon-hole syndrome that so many musicians live with, where they are forced to choose only one stream of music.

Fast forward 14 years and I find myself back in the same picturesque village with my jazz trio mates Werner Spies and Hugo Radyn performing an all-Baroque programme as part of Festival Musikdorf Ernen. After Sebök’s passing the reigns were handed over to Francesco Walter who has since made this festival into one of the most distinguished in the country. He has invited me back many times to perform and teach and this was a first for us performing during the Baroque week.

The crossover arrangements of Baroque works for jazz trio is nothing new, but that was my challenge: making something new and fresh. Different from what had been done in the past. For this reason I chose repertoire I felt comfortable with and music that would work in this setting and spoke to my heart. Thanks to the sensitive playing of Hugo and Werner in the extremely lively acoustics of the St. Georg church we are able to release the recording of that live concert in 2013.

I am proud to be associated with this remarkable festival and thank Francesco Walter and the audience members who have supported us here over the years. I dedicate this album to you: the audience of Musikdorf Ernen.

Charl du Plessis Trio:
Charl Du Plessis, piano
Werner Spies, bass
Hugo Radyn, drums

The Charl du Plessis Trio
is one of the most versatile and respected crossover ensembles in South Africa. The diverse style of music this trio performs ranges from Baroque, Latin, Swing, Classical to Funk and sets them apart from other instrumental groups. The trio consists of Steinway Artist Charl du Plessis (piano), Werner Spies (bass) and Hugo Radyn (drums).

The Charl du Plessis Trio was founded in 2006 to further the enjoyment of jazz music and prove that classic music lovers can enjoy jazz too. This unit recorded their first album TRIO in 2007 with jazz standards and compositions by Du Plessis. Since their first national tours this trio has become South Africa’s most wanted cross-over performers on radio, television and stage with country-wide tours each season. In 2009 the first international tour followed with sold-out performances in China, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Since 2009 the trio has returned to China and Switzerland annually and is active as performers, teachers and clinicians in master classes and workshops.

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