Sunday, October 25, 2015

Virtual Bach Concert

James R. Oestreich damns with faint praise in his W. October 21, 2015 "New York Times" article "Review: Julliard415 and Yale Schola Cantorum Perform Bach's Lutheran Masses"

Bach compositions mentioned in article:

Bach's Mass in B minor

Bach Mass A major BWV 234

Bach Mass G minor BWV 235

Sinfonia from Cantata No. 42 "Am Abend Aber Desselbigen Sabbats"

"Brandenburg" Concerto No. 3

Bach's Concerto in C for three harpsichords BWV 1064

Oestreich ends his snarky review with this sentence:

"It all made for a pleasant evening without major revelations."

A bonus video: "Firing Line" with William F. Buckley Jr. "The Fight for Bach"

Buckley: Are you surprised by the longevity of rock music and its apparently unlimited hold on young people?
Tureck: No, I'm not surprised.  This is the late 20th C folk music as I view it and it's popular music. There's always been folk music and it's always been much more widespread than what we call art music. Art music has always been associated with a smaller group of people.

Buckley mentions that Rosalyn Tureck released a CD of Bach's Goldberg Variations:

Another bonus video, Daniel MacFarlane : J. S. Bach BWV1007 Cello Suite No 1 Prelude played on electric guitar for people who want to try and merge 20thC folk music of rock with Bach's art music as Tureck would say:

Cellist Matt Haimovitz tried to get bratty kids interested in Bach's music with guerrilla staged concerts, but to no avail. His travails were documented in David Allen Oct 26, 2015 "New York Times" article  "Matt Haimovitz and Bach, Colonizing Columbia's Campus"

I share the skepticism of Emma Thompson's "Wit" character:

and suspect that the music commissioned in homage to Bach is really an attempt by mediocre composers to bask in Bach's reflected glory, as Allen alludes to:

Other artists' renditions of music listed in Allen's article:

Bach- Cello Suite No. 4 in E-Flat major; Ophélie Gaillard

Bach cello suite no. 3 in C major BWV 1009, Pieter Wispelwey

Again, I'm on Team Tureck vs Team Allen, I don't believe that Bach was ever considered quotidian music:

Bach- Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor; Ophélie Gaillard

Bach- Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor; Ophélie Gaillard

A quotidian rendition of Bach Cello Suite No. 1 played on a banjo vs high  falutin bass fiddle :

I couldn't find a recording of Vijay Iyer "Run"

but here is Vijay Iyer Trio: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert instead:

Couldn't find a recording of Mohammed Fairouz "Gabriel"

so here is a recording of Mohammed Fairouz: Symphony No. 4 'In the Shadow of No Towers' the title of which presumably implies that Muslims were the biggest victims of 911 to which I disagree.

Couldn't find a recording of Roberto Sierra "La Memoria" which purportedly included "Caribbean salsa" rhythms, so here's his "Fandagos" instead:

Couldn't find Du Yun's "The Veil of Veronica" or anything remotely resembling it.

Couldn't find Hawaiian chants in Luna Pearl Woolf "Lili'uokalani" so here's Suspense (1913) - Music (2013) by Luna Pearl Woolf for Matt Haimovitz and Uccello, McGill Perc. Ens. instead which has nothing to do with Hawaii but appears to have been filmed by the seashore

Woolf's composition was supposed to compliment  Bach - Cello Suite No. 6 in D major; Ophélie Gaillard

Couldn't find Philip Glass "Overture to Bach" which was supposed to be more of a "counterpoint to the perky Suite No. 1 than a summary of it, suffused with sadness and yet yearning for something more." Here's Philip Glass-Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra /Tirol Concerto for Piano and Orchestra instead:

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