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Ofra Harnoy - Back to Bach is the KUSC: Download of the Week

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After taking a career hiatus to raise her children and then deal with a near career-ending shoulder injury, Canadian cellist Ofra Harnoy started performing again in 2018. This album presents a number of tried and true Baroque favourites on the cello, such as Bach's "Air" from Orchestral Suite No. 3, "Bist Du Bei Mir," as well as some slightly lesser known gems from composers such as Allegri and Corelli, which Ofra Harnoy interprets with the profound musicality and passion she is known for.

In Ofra's early Baroque recordings, many works were accompanied with organ, chamber orchestra, or harpsichord. For this album, however, rather than revisiting the conventional settings for these works, she has decided to use brass as accompaniment for some works, and, for the works by Telemann and Allegri, has created a cello ensemble through overdubbing and multi-tracking techniques. As much as it is a treat to hear her play this music as soloist, that joy is multiplied in hearing her play each of the nine voices of Allegri's Miserere.

This album presents a number of tried and true Baroque favorites on the cello as well as an inspiring comeback. Grab this funky version of Air on the G String now as our KUSC: Los Angeles Free Download!