Bach to Black: Suites for Piano
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Pianist Rochelle Sennet juxtaposes Bach's English Suites with suites for piano by African-American composers.

Pianist Rochelle Sennet says that "Bach to Black represents my strong interest in performing repertoire by Black composers in combination with works of J.S. Bach. The suites included on this recording represent beauty, excellence, contrast, celebration of dance style, and dialogue." She has paired the English Suites of Bach with works by Black composers based on similarities in key, mode, rhythmic energy, and occasional disruption of tonal expectations. Dr. Rochelle Sennet has established herself as a well-known performer, teacher, and scholar. A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory, the University of Michigan, and Texas Christian University, she received her DMA from the University of Illinois. She has been a prize winner in numerous competitions including the Kingsville International Piano competition, and the US Open Music Piano Concerto competition, among other. She is on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This is her fourth recording for Albany Records.
Contents:
Johann Sebastian Bach, composer
English Suite No. 5 in E Minor, BWV 810
Rochelle Sennet (piano)

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, composer
Four Characteristic Waltzes, Op. 22
Rochelle Sennet (piano)

Johann Sebastian Bach, composer
English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808
Rochelle Sennet (piano)

Jeffrey Mumford, composer
four dances for Boris
Rochelle Sennet (piano)

Johann Sebastian Bach, composer
English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811
Rochelle Sennet (piano)

R. Nathaniel Dett, composer
In the Bottoms
Rochelle Sennet (piano)

Johann Sebastian Bach, composer
English Suite No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 807
Rochelle Sennet (piano)

H. Leslie Adams, composer
Contrasts
Rochelle Sennet (piano)

Johann Sebastian Bach, composer
English Suite No. 1 in A Major, BWV 806
Rochelle Sennet (piano)

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, composer
African Suite, Op. 35
Rochelle Sennet (piano)

Johann Sebastian Bach, composer
English Suite No. 4 in F Major, BWV 809
Rochelle Sennet (piano)

Frederick Tillis, composer
Three Movements for Piano
Rochelle Sennet (piano)

Review:
"The pianist Rochelle Black interprets works from J.S. Bach and several black composers on this 3 disc release, where the varied selections possess similarities in key and rhythmic energy, and her incredible manipulation of the piano keeps the listener enthralled…An album with the purpose of stimulating conversation revolving around inclusion in the classical music scene, Sennet enlightens us with her timeless, flexible and stirring vision." (takeeffectreviews.com)

Gold Medal 2021 Global Music Awards