The Next Step

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.

How far do we go?

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…

For example:

  1. The Stokowski orchestral version.
  2. Karl Richter’s (organ) recording.
  3. Jacques Loussier’s improvisation.
  4. Marcelina Dąbek, promising young harpist.
  5. Robert Tiso’s “glass harp“.
  6. Desmond Chan’s Marimba version.
  7. 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)