Articles tagged 'Bach'

Springtime with Bach

In the midst of my current Bach-fest, I came across a New Yorker article that quoted Schopenhauer’s distinction between talent and genius: “Talent is like the marksman who hits a target which others cannot reach; genius is like the marksman who hits a target as far as which others cannot see.”

Springtime with Bach

In the midst of my current Bach-fest, I came across a New Yorker article that quoted Schopenhauer’s distinction between talent and genius: “Talent is like the marksman who hits a target which others cannot reach; genius is like the marksman who hits a target as far as which others cannot see.”

Piano Factory 3.

Upon consideration, Fray’s programming makes sense: Both composers, lording over their respective periods, required and require subsequent generations to instigate new styles and techniques.

Piano Factory 3.

Upon consideration, Fray’s programming makes sense: Both composers, lording over their respective periods, required and require subsequent generations to instigate new styles and techniques.

Words Fail Me 9.

I can admire Wilson’s results without buying his thesis, that Farnaby (1562-1640) belongs with Byrd, Bull and Gibbons.

Words Fail Me 9.

I can admire Wilson’s results without buying his thesis, that Farnaby (1562-1640) belongs with Byrd, Bull and Gibbons.

Pièces de Clavecin 3: Le Grand, Marpourg, Les Forquerays,etc.

We are reminded that Couperin said: “I have called my works Orders, although I could have called them Disorders just as accurately.”

Pièces de Clavecin 3: Le Grand, Marpourg, Les Forquerays,etc.

We are reminded that Couperin said: “I have called my works Orders, although I could have called them Disorders just as accurately.”

Words Fail Me 8.

Gesualdo’s wrenching chromatic harmonies are apparent enough — everybody cites them.

Words Fail Me 8.

Gesualdo’s wrenching chromatic harmonies are apparent enough — everybody cites them.

Beth Levin’s Live(ly) Goldberg

Beth Levin is a poetic Schumann player (her Davidsbündlertänze would enrich the catalog), and this new Goldberg exhibits similar qualities of momentum, unity and wit.

Beth Levin’s Live(ly) Goldberg

Beth Levin is a poetic Schumann player (her Davidsbündlertänze would enrich the catalog), and this new Goldberg exhibits similar qualities of momentum, unity and wit.

Words Fail Me 5.

Mackintosh fronts the Purcell Quartet, Dreyfus leads viol consort Phantasm and Haugsand has recorded decisive Bach.

Words Fail Me 5.

Mackintosh fronts the Purcell Quartet, Dreyfus leads viol consort Phantasm and Haugsand has recorded decisive Bach.

Words Fail Me 3.

For years Rangell has opened recitals with a 17th-century piece, so his interest is no whim.

Words Fail Me 3.

For years Rangell has opened recitals with a 17th-century piece, so his interest is no whim.

A Performer’s Survey of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Part 3

Coming as it does after a virtuoso variation, XXI feels doubly poignant.

A Performer’s Survey of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Part 3

Coming as it does after a virtuoso variation, XXI feels doubly poignant.

A Performer’s Survey of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Part 2

Closer to my performance date and under a heightened sense of purpose, I offer a few ideas on Variations 11-20.

A Performer’s Survey of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Part 2

Closer to my performance date and under a heightened sense of purpose, I offer a few ideas on Variations 11-20.