A terrific Bach resource at the BBC website, “Discovering Bach”: a collection of past radio programs which examine Bach’s life and work. Wonderful resource, hours of listening pleasure for Bach nuts. Some 27 programs, around 24 hours of audio goodness:
I am supposed to be fine-tuning the site and collecting details on lots of performances. And then you come across yet another performance which stops you dead in your tracks, the Double Violin Concerto with Steinbacher and Suwanai.
Mind you, it has a little mystery attached to it. Who is the third violinist from the left (not counting the two soloists, of course)?
I’m building this site to “scratch an itch”, making it easier to find, explore and compare performances of J.S. Bach’s works. Just in case anyone is watching and wondering why the listing hasn’t moved much since starting it a bit over a month ago , it’s because I’ve been focused on the “back-end”.
I really do hope to have a ‘complete’ listing of 1000’s of performances here eventually, so it makes sense to spend a bit of time constructing that properly. The current listing is just a prototype “to play with”. Undoubtedly, the site will evolve over time, but there will be a first “real” version live in the coming week.
In the mean time, here is a documentary by Bruno Monsaingeon about David Fray’s Bach to keep us entertained. Not everyone’s cuppa tea, but interesting “in the mix”. Enjoy…
By the way, it is disgraceful that the individual musicians from the Deutche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen were not identified in the credits of this documentary.
My previous post, regarding a comparison between Glenn Gould and Lars Ulrik Mortensen, set off a bit of a discussion regarding the extent that we’ll list alternative performances. For example, it is easy finding quite a range of alternative renditions of BWV565 (Toccata and Fugue in D minor). Some with historic or artistic significance, others interesting or even cute…
- The Stokowski orchestral version.
- Karl Richter’s (organ) recording.
- Jacques Loussier’s improvisation.
- Marcelina Dąbek, promising young harpist.
- Robert Tiso’s “glass harp“.
- Desmond Chan’s Marimba version.
- And this version of a couple dancing on keys in a music shop.
For me, the first three are no-brainers, they offer a range of interpretation of Bach’s work and I’ll add them to the listing soon. The other four represent varying levels of expertise of the performers, but offer no new insight into the compositions. But then… that’s only my opinion. And of course I enjoyed and admired young Marcelina’s Harp version!
By the way, I don’t have comments turned on, but appreciate any feedback by email (mh at coomans dot com)
The problem with this project is that you keep listening to the music, rather than building the site. All these distractions, sigh…
Perhaps a site for Saint-Saëns as well?