Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I Dug Some Bachs Out Of A Box In My Closet

A couple weeks ago while digging around in a closet I came across a CD I had apparently ordered some time ago but had never opened....shocking.   I opened it up and was pleasantly surprised to find a 3-CD collection of vocal music by various members of the Bach family, Johann Sebastian, being the most well-known of course. Other than J.S. Bach, the only other Bach I have any music from is Carl Philip Emmanuel Bach, 2nd oldest son of Johann. CPE was, other than his father, the only Bach whose rep didn't soon fade away after his death. (Mozart held both JS Bach and son Carl in high esteem.)

Anyhow, this little collection spans early baroque to classical. It's all a confusing array of names....Johann Christian, Johann Christoph, Johann Christian Friedrich. Good music though from a family who produced so many composers and musicians.


sassy said...

Timely post on Bach WWU, as just last night . . . . .

From: CBC's As It Happens


They're among the most technically demanding, yet exquisitely expressive, pieces of classicial music ever composed: Bach's Goldberg Variations. And they were first brought to a wide classical audience by our own Glenn Gould in 1954, whose interpretation of the short pieces made him internationally famous.

Now, a wide-ranging group of open-source software and music enthusiasts are trying to make the Goldberg Variations even more popular.

Using the crowd-source funding project, Kickstarter, the Open Goldberg Variations project was funded by individual donations, with the promise that the final product would be free and open to anyone to download, copy, and distribute.

Performed by renowned Japanese-German pianist Kimiko Ishizaka, and recorded in Berlin's famous Teldex studio, the score was adapted collaboratively using open-source software, and then reviewed and edited by the crowd, with the results left entirely in the public domain.

Next month, Wisconsin Public Radio will debut the Open Goldberg Variations with a live broadcast where listeners can follow the score online in real time as it's being played on the air.

But you don't have to wait for that to hear the new recording.

Here is Variation One of the Open Goldberg Variations, performed by Kimiko Ishizaka.


You can listen and download for free here Open Goldberg Variations

Way Way Up said...

The Goldbergs....definitely one of my favorites. Proud to say I have both the 1955 and 1981 recordings, both of which are amazing.