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What’s better than one Brandenburg Concerto? Six!

8, 2013

The Margrave of Brandenburg never heard the six Brandenburg Concertos sent to him by J.S. Bach.  Many surmise it was because he didn’t have musicians up to the task.  What a waste to have these marvelous works of art gathering dust on a library shelf! A friend of mine wrote recently about a trip he [...]

Music for Reflection and Peace: Bach Solo Cello Suites

Johann Sebastian Bach in 1748
Johann Sebastian Bach in 1748
December 14, 2012

As we approach the Christmas holiday, many of us are caught up in hurrying and scurrying to get everything done that needs to be done before we can finally relax.  If you need a rest, and you want a break from the traditional Christmas music playing everywhere, in every store and even blaring from sound [...]

Getting a Handel On Your Groceries

11, 2012

Handel flash mob in London supermarket; How much is a world-class orchestra worth? Glenn Gould’s classic Goldberg Variations

Electronic (De)Composer Damian Catera Rocks Bach

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Electroacoustic "decomposer" Damian Catera offers a new take on Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier
January 25, 2012

Just for a moment, imagine some of Bach’s harpsichord music, maybe an upbeat prelude or fugue from his Well-Tempered Clavier. Hear the soft yet steely twang of he harpsichord as it weaves a tapestry of never-ending melodies. Now, take a listen to electroacoustic composer Damian Catera‘s take on Bach in a promo featuring selections from [...]

Nigel Kennedy: Fellow Violinists Destroying Bach’s Legacy

Violinist Nigel Kennedy says other violinists are destroying Bach's legacy.
15, 2011

Monday Morning Round-up: Nigel Kennedy accuses fellow violinists of destroying Bach’s legacy, have virtuosos become a dime-a-dozen? and departures at the Philadelphia Orchestra threaten the “Philadelphia Sound”

The Single Oboe Theory: Ensemble Sonnerie’s Bach Orchestral Suites

Orchestral Suites for a Young Prince album cover
Ensemble Sonnerie's recording of J.S. Bach's Orchestral Suites simply can't be topped for compelling historical interpretation and sheer beauty of sound.
May 23, 2011

Ensemble Sonnerie’s Grammy-Nominated Bach album substitutes an oboe in the solo role for Bach’s Orchestral Suite in A minor, BWV 1067, a spot typically reserved for the flute.

Classical Haiku: Georg Philipp Telemann

April 22, 2011

Today’s Classical Haiku is for Telemann, a composer of beautiful music who – perhaps unjustly, but who said the world was fair? – will forever be compared with Bach.

The Subway Suites: NY Cellist Plays Bach For Subway Commuters

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Cellist Dale Henderson performs Bach in the NY Subways to expose more people to classical music.
April 15, 2011

Artists like cellist Dale Henderson are taking classical repertoire out of the performance hall and into to the subway.

On Clowns and Father Figures: Once Again, Pianist James Rhodes

Now Would All Freudians Please Stand Aside album cover.
Now Would All Freudians Please Stand Aside album cover.
May 18, 2010

Review of classical pianist James Rhodes latest album “Now Would All Freudians Please Stand Aside.”

Music and Food: A Classical Emporium

5, 2010

An inveterate snacker, WOSU’s Jennifer Hambrick serves up a menu of musical tributes to food and cooking.