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  • Composer: Bach J.S.
  • Audio CD (Feb. 17 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Analekta
  • ASIN: B000025ME7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #235,794 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Disc: 1
1. Prelude
2. Allemande
3. Courante
4. Sarabande
5. Menuet I & II
6. Gigue
7. Prelude
8. Allemande
9. Courante
10. Sarabande
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Prelude
2. Allemande
3. Courante
4. Sarabande
5. Bourree I & II
6. Gigue
7. Prelude
8. Allemande
9. Courante
10. Sarabande
See all 18 tracks on this disc

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Format: Audio CD
This is the CD you need to test your new hi fi. The sound of the period cello literally shakes the earth and his phrasing is so original it goes right through you. Generally slow in tempo, this is like the Johnny Cash of Bach Cello Suites, no 2 only to the more sophisticated Fournier, similar in mood to the great Casals but more affecting somehow - amazing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong advice Dec 5 2005
By Fofifa - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you are anything like me, and I believe there are quite a few listeners who have similar patterns to mine, I strongly advise you to listen to this cd more than once.

I was already a huge fan of another Boom Bip effort "Seed to Sun". Then, when I first heard "Blue Eyed in the Red Room", I was quite disappointed. It didn't seem bad, just mediocre. However, since I know that occasionally I am wrong about a CD on the first listen, I gave this one another chance. Boy, am I glad I did. It is now one of my favorite CDs, and it just keeps growing in stature.

If you've come to this from Boom's other CDs, give it more than one listen - it is very different from his other stuff, and I think at least equally great. It gets under your skin when you least pay attention to it, in an ambient sort of way. I love the way the songs develop. Someone claims it takes Boom too long to develop the melodic line, but I disagree. I think the trick is not to listen to it up front, but more like an ambient record (think Eno)... at which point the development is just about perfectly paced.

Highly recommended.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lillian Fuchs at the top of her game May 11 2010
By Steve Missal - Published on
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If you are unfamiliar with Lillian Fuchs, the great violist, then break that anonymity barrier with this selection of 6 Bach Suites, transcribed for Viola. Fuchs, whose brother was the well-known violinist Joseph Fuchs, plays with passion and a deep insight into these works, and her gorgeous sound is reason alone to listen. I am hoping some day that the recording of the Martinu Madrigals and the Mozart Duet, featuring this sister/brother Fuchs team, will be released on CD. It is also a gem.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Igloo Magazine's REVIEW Dec 2 2005
By Pietro Da Sacco - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Review by: Mat Propek at [...]
(04.07.05) Bryan Hollon is a flower. Planted in the rough ground as a seed, he sprouted with From Seed to Sun, promising a colorful and vibrant explosion in the seasons ahead. Now, with Blue Eyed in the Red Room, released just as the first blush of spring is in the air, Hollon has bloomed. Gone are the heavy antecedents of hip-hop (smartly realized by him and Doseone on his first release, Circle), gone are the reliance on electronic composition that laced From Seed to Sun. Blue Eyed in the Red Room is filled with the organic sound of live instrumentation, all crafted and created by Hollon himself and layered into a series of engaging instrumental pieces.

Skating on the edge of the territory dubbed "folktronica" (an appellation which came to life following From Seed to Sun and Four Tet's Rounds), the ten tracks of Boom Bip's Blue Eyed in the Red Room are graceful compositions that evoke the colorful resurrection of spring. From the careful articulation of the acoustic guitar in "One Eye Round the Warm Corner" to the light rain-like chatter of percussion in "Soft & Open" to the hanging tones of "Girl Toy," the vibrancy of the efforts here seem unconscious and effortless, belying the careful craft and extensive musical skills of Hollon (who played all the parts himself). It is easy to revel in the warm embrace and glowing arrangements of these songs. It may be too easy, in fact, to dismiss these pieces as sprightly fluff.

Blue Eyed in the Red Room closes with "The Matter (Of Our Discussion)," featuring Nina Nastasia against a dappled shower of auto-harp and strings. The light changes with this final melancholic moment, this fading of love. As our hearts quietly break with Nastasia's words, it only becomes more clear how innocent and untroubled the rest of the record is, how Hollon has realized his seemingly facile expression of uncluttered joy. Boom Bip has left hip-hop, jazz, trip-hop and folktronica behind. Hollon continues to draw what he likes from his influences and use this grist to fuel his evolution. He has bloomed into something new and we're all left scratching our heads, trying to redraw the borders of our classifications.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gone are the samples, the static and the noise... April 7 2005
By Port Royal Sound - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Those wishing to pigeonhole Boom Bip (Bryan Hollon) as a strict turntablist falling into the "underground rap" or "alternative hip hop" genres will be thoroughly disappointed with this release. Those recognizing Boom Bip as a multi-disciplined artist interested in forging his own musical path rather than sticking in the confines of a specific genre will, at a minimum, be intrigued by this cd's departure from the previous release "Seed to Sun". Gone are the samples, the static and the noise. In their place are layer upon layer of guitars, autoharps, and other various stringed instruments, keyboards and mechanical beats all performed by Boom Bip.

Many of the tracks, "Cimple", "Girl Toy", "Dumb Day", and "One eye around the warm corner" consist of bizarrely simple melodies and chord progressions that result in melodious washes of sound rather than individual structured songs. The standout tracks include "The Move", "The Dos and the Don'ts" and "The Matter (of our discussion)"

"The Move" is simply one of the catchiest electronic instrumental tracks ever released and will probably make it's way into several chill-out compilations. But what stands out in this track is the bridge which is made up of layers of repetitive guitar lines (almost in the vein of Steve Reich) that build and build until the original theme again emerges. "The Dos and the Don'ts" is a sparse, epic track featuring Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals. The final track features the voice of Nina Nastasia floating over a layer of guitars and autoharps that are as drifting and unstructured as the song's lyrics.

In conclusion, buy this cd! Buy it new! Support this artist.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Patient Listeners Only (4 Stars) May 13 2005
By Norfeest - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I say it's not for the impatient because a lot of the tracks slowly climb to their apex. The average listener may not feel like waiting around for the time it takes some of the songs to do so. There are moments where the songs begin to drag and become kind of boring. But I loved the album though. I'd say 6 out of the 10 songs are worthwhile (60% ain't bad). The tracks are beautiful and the guests really add a flavor that wasn't present on Boom Bip's previous releases. Even the long time fans should be able to get into this album.

If I had to find a flaw, it would be that Disc 1 isn't quite long enough. It clocks in at a paltry 47 minutes. But the contents more than make up for such a short listen. Also, "Dumb Day" drags a little bit and can be a bit boring. I was waiting for that song to reach its high point and it never did. Other than that, I can't really find anything wrong with this album.

Disc 2 is a 13 minute rollercoaster ride. You could look at is as two songs playing in a run-on format. It's not bad, but it could've easily been included on Disc 1 though.

Both discs are definitely worth checking out. I don't think adding a second disc was necessary, but it doesn't hurt the album any. I'd reccomend picking this one up.

Standout Tracks: The Move, Aplomb, Do's & Don'ts feat. Ruff Ghrys (My Favorite), Cimple, The Matter (Of Our Discussion), and Eyelashings