Bach Biography

About Bach by Gregory S Butler  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by thingska at Dec. 8, 2014
About Bach by Gregory S Butler

About Bach by Gregory S Butler
English | July 3, 2008 | ISBN: 0252033442 | 232 pages | PDF | 4,8 MB

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by arundhati at Dec. 8, 2014
Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician

Christoph Wolff, "Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician"
2000 | ISBN-10: 039304825X | 544 pages | PDF | 13 MB

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician (Repost)  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by nebulae at April 24, 2014
Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician (Repost)

Christoph Wolff, "Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician"
English | 2001 | ISBN: 0393322564 | 640 pages | EPUB | 3,2 MB

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by arundhati at Nov. 3, 2013
Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician

Christoph Wolff, "Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician"
2001 | ISBN: 0393322564 | 640 pages | EPUB | 3,2 MB
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner - J.S. Bach: The Art of Fugue; Musical Offering (1994) 2CDs

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Art of Fugue; Musical Offering (1994) 2CDs
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Sir Neville Marriner, conductor

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Genre: Classical | Label: Philips Classics | # 442 556-2 | Time: 02:09:01

There are many apocryphal stories in the classical-music world, but the one in which Frederick the Great challenged Bach to improvise a six-part fugue on a theme of the king's own invention is true, and The Musical Offering was, after a period of further reflection, the result. As with all the works of Bach's later years, the work is both great art and a "teaching piece," which shows everything that he thought could be done with the king's theme. The Trio Sonata based on the theme is the only major piece of chamber music from Bach's last decades in Leipzig, and that makes the work and essential cornerstone of any Bach collection. This performance, led by Neville Marriner, is both polished and lively, and very well recorded. At a "twofer" price, coupled with The Art of Fugue, it's the preferred version of the work on modern instruments.
Alexander Knyazev - Johann Sebastian Bach: 18 Leipzig Chorales, BWV 651-668 (2015)

Alexander Knyazev - Johann Sebastian Bach: 18 Leipzig Chorales, BWV 651-668 (2015)
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Genre: Classical | Label: Melodiya | # MEL CD 10 02397 | Time: 01:46:55

Equally adept with both the cello and organ, Alexander Knyazev, a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory specializing in cello and Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory specializing in organ has long focused on the organ and cello repertory of J.S. Bach. Lauded for his innate musicality and interpretative skills, Knyazevs first public acclaim came as a cellist. This collection presents the rarely performed chorale preludes composed by Bach during his stay in Leipzig in the last decade of his life and not published until after his death. Recorded in 2012 in the Riga Cathedral in Latvia renowned for its historic pipe organ.
Maurizio Pollini - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2009) 2CDs

Maurizio Pollini - Johann Sebastian Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (2009)
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Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 0289 477 8078 GH2 | Time: 01:50:24

There's nothing at all wrong with Maurizio Pollini's 2009 performance of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1. The Italian pianist's intellectual lucidity, interpretive clarity, and technical virtuosity are apparent in every prelude and fugue, and his probing insights and penetrating analysis inform every note. However, there is almost nothing right with the sound quality of the recording. The piano sounds too distant, making it hard to hear precisely what Pollini is doing, but oddly, the ambient sound is too present, making every extraneous noise too loud. One should not hear the pedals being pressed and lifted, much less the clatter of the hammers and the twanging of the strings above the sound of the music. Worse yet, one can hear what sounds like every breath Pollini takes nearly as loudly as every note he plays. These are all grievous flaws that should have been eliminated, and their presence fatally undermines the brilliance of Pollini's performances. A reengineered version of these performances would be most welcome, but the present recording is so flawed that it virtually destroys Pollini's playing.
Anton Batagov - Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (1993) 2CDs

Anton Batagov - Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst der Fuge (1993) 2CDs
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Genre: Classical | Label: SoLid Records | # SLR 0001/2 | Time: 02:28:01

The Russian composer, pianist and electronic musician, Anton Batagov, graduated from the Gnessin School and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He was prize-winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition (1986) and other competitions. Anton Batagov introduced the music by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass to Russian audiences. His discographical debut was a recording of Olivier Messiaen's Vingt regards sur l'Enfant Jesus for Melodiya. From 1989 to 1996 he was one of the leaders and organizers of the Alternativa, the annual international new music festival in Moscow. Heralded as “one of the most significant and unusual figures of Russian contemporary music” (Newsweek, Russian edition, 1997) and "a Russian Terry Riley" (Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 2008), Anton Batagov is one of the most influential Russian composers and performers of our time. The well-known American musicologist Richard Kostelanetz characterized Batagov's 1993 piano recording of J.S. Bach’s The Art of the Fugue (BWV 1080) as "the most stunning interpretation of Bach since Glenn Gould".
Iestyn Davies, Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen - Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170 (2017)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170 (2017)
Iestyn Davies, countertenor; Arcangelo; Jonathan Cohen, conductor

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Genre: Classical, Vocal | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68111 | Time: 01:04:51

Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice - January 2017. Ich habe genug is a timeless, transcendental masterpiece: a profound expression of Christian faith at the very end of life. It demands artistry of a special order, and Iestyn Davies now joins the likes of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson in the work’s distinguished discography. The couplings are equally ravishing performances of two other great solo cantatas, while the two orchestral sinfonias which complete the album will prove refreshingly familiar.
Martha Cook - Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst Der Fuge (2015) 2CDs

Martha Cook - Johann Sebastian Bach: Die Kunst Der Fuge (2015) 2CDs
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Genre: Classical | Label: Passacaille | # 5425004140142 | Time: 01:23:24

Harpsichordist Martha Cook here records Bach's Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 (The Art of the Fugue), with a specific interpretive framework in mind. The work, Cook believes, was devotional and intimate in intent; it is, she writes, a "musical prayer," and it embodies the parables and exhortation found in the biblical Book of Luke, 14:27-35. Interested readers are invited to consult the booklet for more details. Making the supposition work involves discarding the version of the work published after Bach's death by C.P.E. Bach and others, and it also involves some of the numerology that so often seems to crop up in connection with Bach's larger works. There's some justification in earlier German music for regarding Bach's instrumental music in this programmatic way; Bach would have known the Biblische Historien keyboard sonatas of 1700 by one of his key predecessors, Johann Kuhnau. But what's missing is any evidence of why Bach, by the end of his life a revered figure, might have wanted to embed secret messages in Die Kunst der Fuge. The unalloyed good news is that you can disregard the stated method of interpretation and listen to the performance in the abstract. It's very powerful.