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All of Bach
« on: August 25, 2020, 03:43:19 pm »
The Netherlands Bach Society has a project to record every work composed by Johann Sebastian Bach and post them to Youtube.

The performances are invariably of the highest standard. Here's the latest.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRtOLw8rERo&pp=wgIECgIIAQ%3D%3D&feature=push-sd&attr_tag=--_pxYiXWOJz86m6%3A6
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Re: All of Bach
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2020, 07:21:02 pm »
Nice! That's a big project.

On a related note Lang Lang has a double recording of the Goldberg Variations coming out in September. One disc is a studio version and the other was recorded in the Thomaskirche in one take. I'm looking forward to this a lot.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: All of Bach
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2020, 09:35:17 pm »
My biggest problem with Lang Lang is the gurning. It would be good to see inside the Thomaskirche though.
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Re: All of Bach
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2020, 09:50:20 pm »
My biggest problem with Lang Lang is the gurning. It would be good to see inside the Thomaskirche though.

It's on my bucket list. More of a possabilty since I finally persuaded Mrs Pcolbeck to visit Germany last year and she liked it :)
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: All of Bach
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2020, 06:45:58 pm »
I thought you already had a caglia ?

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Re: All of Bach
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2020, 08:00:36 pm »
My biggest problem with Lang Lang is the gurning. It would be good to see inside the Thomaskirche though.

It's on my bucket list. More of a possabilty since I finally persuaded Mrs Pcolbeck to visit Germany last year and she liked it :)
We visited a few years back and went to their equivalent of Evening Prayer. Heard some wonderful Bach!
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Re: All of Bach
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2020, 02:52:28 pm »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC8UErdK_XE&pp=wgIECgIIAQ%3D%3D&feature=push-sd&attr_tag=gg1_KKCKE-eLHQk9%3A6

Cantata Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich

I sang in this at last year's Bach Choral Course at St. Andrew's Uni.
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Re: All of Bach
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2020, 08:35:19 pm »
Terrific, P, thank you!  This is early in Bach's career; do you detect a trace of Schutz's Christmas History here and there?  I love the discords in the strings in the Prelude and there is a refreshing lack of vibrato in the singing.  Nice to see Mark Cavendish singing bass - I've missed him in this year's Tour!

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Re: All of Bach
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2020, 10:37:30 am »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5INRyT3XYg&pp=wgIECgIIAQ%3D%3D&feature=push-sd&attr_tag=pUoohOqkiWyBBCkk%3A6&ab_channel=NetherlandsBachSociety

I really like the way that the Netherlands Bach Society put out a short explanatory video before the work they are about to play. Shunske Sato seems to be their top man when it comes to violin playing.
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Re: All of Bach
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2020, 10:47:05 am »
Excellent, thank you.

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Re: All of Bach
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2020, 05:34:54 pm »
My biggest problem with Lang Lang is the gurning. It would be good to see inside the Thomaskirche though.

D visited it when he went to Leipzig a few years ago.

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Re: All of Bach
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2020, 08:05:12 pm »
I have never enjoyed Bach as much as I should so I will not comment on it.

I am more a Lisztomaniac.  Ten years ago or so the Pianist/Scholar Leslie Howard gave himself the task to record the complete piano works of liszt.  And I have bought it twice once on CD and once on FLAC.  I can not fault Mr Howard's effort but I have other recordings of some of this material that I much prefer to listen to. I expect this Bach survey might suffer from the same problems.

There are other problem complete surveys. A less illustrious series of recordings were/are being made of the complete Johann Strauss II waltzes by Naxos.  Some are CDs are very good and some performances are dreary.

 

Re: All of Bach
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2020, 08:23:43 pm »
I have never enjoyed Bach as much as I should so I will not comment on it.

You do not enjoy Bach, it invades your soul.
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: All of Bach
« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2020, 10:58:35 am »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC8UErdK_XE&pp=wgIECgIIAQ%3D%3D&feature=push-sd&attr_tag=gg1_KKCKE-eLHQk9%3A6

Cantata Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich

I sang in this at last year's Bach Choral Course at St. Andrew's Uni.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPdh0loM2yM&ab_channel=VOCES8

Another performance of the same work, arguably off-topic as it's not part of the "All of Bach" project. But it's stunning.
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Re: All of Bach
« Reply #15 on: October 02, 2020, 11:23:36 am »
I discovered this over the summer when looking for some Bach harpsichord music. The performances are superb and I like the locations selected from all over Netherlands, including small farmhouses. Sato, as you say, is rather good.

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Re: All of Bach
« Reply #16 on: October 07, 2020, 12:31:55 pm »
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Re: All of Bach
« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2020, 02:52:08 pm »
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Re: All of Bach
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Re: All of Bach
« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2020, 09:58:58 pm »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGJ9skYNa4s&ab_channel=NetherlandsBachSociety

Bach's works for solo stringed instrument are amongst the most haunting of all music. The cello suites are probably the best-known, but there was a whole load of other stuff as well.

I'm learning an arrangement (by Frans Bruggen) of this movement for alto recorder. I'd like to hear it played by a good recorder player - it needs to be at a pretty rapid tempo to give the best effect, and I think the violinist in the performance does a great job.

Edit: found one! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G0Yh3wg3js&ab_channel=RiqueBorges

Bolette Roed is a very fine player.

Edit: the piece I'm learning is about 15 minutes in. She seems to be playing it on a soprano recorder with A=415 pitch, transposed up a 5th. I'm learning it on an alto.
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Re: All of Bach
« Reply #20 on: November 26, 2020, 09:40:32 am »
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Re: All of Bach
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Re: All of Bach
« Reply #23 on: January 21, 2021, 10:20:06 am »
Not part of the Netherlands Bach Society series, but a recent Bach recital but Andras Schiff at the Wigmore Hall.

He starts off wth one of the earliest-known pieces of Bach's music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GodEbd-GhLg&ab_channel=WigmoreHall

Edit: I posted before I listened. About half-way through now. He's giving a little lecture before each piece. So far he's played two piece that I have learned to one degree or another - the F minor sinfonia and the Italian concerto. Both are utterly wonderful.
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Re: All of Bach
« Reply #24 on: January 29, 2021, 11:25:33 pm »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qc-XYHWWFPg&ab_channel=PeterWalker

The Andras Schiff video linked in the previous post has inspired me to practise the F minor sinfonia. It's a very strange piece and hardly made for easy listening. It's very interesting to play though - I don't know a piece of Bach that isn't. I often wonder what was going through a composer's mind when he or she is composing a piece. I think Bach must have been particularly melancholy when he wrote this one.

As Schiff mentioned, the Inventions and Sinfonias (there are 15 of each, sometimes called two-part inventions and three part inventions) are all contrapuntal pieces composed around 1720 with the view to teaching his two oldest sons, Carl Philip Emanuel and Wilhelm Friedmann. I think they tend to get overlooked rather, possibly because of the reason he composed them. I never learned any of these until relatively recently, although I played quite a bit of Bach in my youth. I think I spent too much time studying for exams and not enough expanding my repertoire, but I suppose that's the price you pay for wanting to do O and A level music. Some of them are much more tuneful and dance-like than this one.
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