Makoto Nakura – Bach Beat: A Marimbist as Pointillist

Makoto Nakura: Bach Beat

Makoto Nakura

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Makoto Nakura is a musician whose artistry and astonishing virtuosity have been mesmerizing audiences for decades. He creates innovative programs of new music as well as traditional classical repertoire, revealing the versatility and expressive range of the marimba while enlightening and entertaining the listener.

In Makota Nakura's booklet notes, he says the following: Bach's music is the highest mountain for all musicians to climb. Even though Bach didn't write any pieces for marimba, I haven't spent a single day without playing his music from my own transcriptions of Bach's works for organ, violin, cello, flute, lute and keyboard. The reason I want to play Bach on the marimba comes to this I would like people to listen to the music I am playing rather than to what instrument I am playing.

Further information: makotonakura.com

 

 

Track Descriptions

  1. Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 (arr. M. Nakura for marimba) [8:54]

  2. 12 Variations on La folia d'Espagne, Wq. 118/9, H. 263 (arr. M. Nakura for marimba) [7:30]

  3. Flute Partita in A Minor, BWV 1013 (Arr. M. Nakura for Vibraphone): I. Allemande [3:47]

  4. Flute Partita in A Minor, BWV 1013 (Arr. M. Nakura for Vibraphone): II. Corrente [2:25]

  5. Flute Partita in A Minor, BWV 1013 (Arr. M. Nakura for Vibraphone): III. Sarabande [2:51]

  6. Flute Partita in A Minor, BWV 1013 (Arr. M. Nakura for Vibraphone): IV. Bourree Anglaise [2:44]

  7. Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 (Arr. M. Nakura for Marimba): I. Prelude [4:00]

  8. Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 (Arr. M. Nakura for Marimba): II. Allemande [3:08]

  9. Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 (Arr. M. Nakura for Marimba): III. Courante [2:39]

  10. Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 (Arr. M. Nakura for Marimba): IV. Sarabande [3:35]

  11. Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 (Arr. M. Nakura for Marimba): V. Gavotte I-II [2:29]

  12. Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012 (Arr. M. Nakura for Marimba): VI. Gigue [3:41]

  13. Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001 (Arr. M. Nakura for Marimba): I. Adagio [4:14]

  14. Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001 (Arr. M. Nakura for Marimba): II. Fuga [4:47]

  15. Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001 (Arr. M. Nakura for Marimba): III. Siciliana [2:50]

  16. Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001 (Arr. M. Nakura for Marimba): IV. Presto [3:25]

Total Time: 1:02:59