Seven Distinctive Bach Interpreters

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Brilliant Canadian pianist Glenn Gould as a young man, singing as he plays piano at a Steinway warehouse before choosing one for his recording session at Columbia Recording studios. (Gordon Parks/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

This week during David Dubal's month-long exploration of Johann Sebastian Bach’s keyboard works showcases more of the most unique Bach interpreters: Rosalyn Tureck, Dmitri Bashkirov and, of course, Glenn Gould.

The program includes Gould's famous 1955 take on the Aria from the Goldberg Variations, as well as Vladimir Horowitz in the Ferruccio Busoni transcription of the Fugue in C from BWV 564, performed live at his famed 1965 Carnegie Hall return concert.

Program playlist (all by J.S. Bach):

Partita No. 4 in D, Sarabande
William Kapell, piano

French Suite No 1, Gigue
Andrew Rangell, piano

Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C BWV 564, Fugue (arr. Ferruccio Busoni)
Vladimir Horowitz, piano
Sony Classical

Concerto BWV 1056, Largo & Presto
Dmitri Bashkirov, piano
Russian Compact Disc

Overture (Partita) in B minor, BWV 831, Gigue and Echo
Rosalyn Tureck, piano

Toccata in C minor, BWV 911
Martha Argerich, piano
Deutsche Grammophon

Partita No. 2 In C Minor, BWV 826, Sinfonia
Rosalyn Tureck, piano

The Goldberg Variations, Aria Da Capo (Zenph Recordings)
Glen Gould, piano
Sony Classical

Comments [3]

Waverley212 from New York

Where is the great Wanda Landowska, who happened to spawn a generation of great keyboard artists?

Nov. 16 2014 07:20 AM



This sense does not make. DD~~

Oh! I'm not a heldentenor.

Nov. 13 2014 10:47 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

It is not news that the crudist super rich look down at culture and artists generally. Throughout history royal families hired musicians as MOZART, HANDEL and WAGNER to give class to their respective "administrations". These geniuses would make their appearances as lowly staff often entering from the kitchen. Today's dumbing down in this country from the commercial interests will shatter our culture and make this country irrelevant compared to others where intellect is more important than vast wealth. Like Shakespeare, JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH, had such comprehensive vision of the world he knew and such an imagination and compositional virtuosity to reach deep into many formats and get his message across. MOZART, BEETHOVEN and WAGNER IMHO are the only other musical geniuses that may still be as BACH widely played and appreciated one hundred years from now. Great as BACH was/is each composer has his/her own style and format and content so it is not appropriate to claim the top of the totem pole to any one great composer, no matter how great. I am partial to RICHARD WAGNER because his music most touchest both my personal and professional life. But Mozart, Beethoven, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini, Berlioz, Saint-Saens, Mahler, Berg, Gounod, Massenet, Debussy, Giordano, Schubert, Arnold Schonberg, Brahms, Schumann, Richard and Johann Strauss, Moussorgsky, Borodin, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Bizet, Meyerbeer and Hugo Wolf all have legitimate claims on my leisure as well as professional life. Ask a mother or father who their favorite child is if they have more than one and one will see it is not that easy to marginalize one's preferences. ALL deserve our attention and respect. There will always be time and devotion cheerfully dedicated to the presentation of this great master's ouevre. The test of time is virtually always the most respected judgment on the preciousness of anything. BACH's music has met that test. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH is one of the great titanic geniuses of music and his music and its influence will be forever with us no matter what the current fads that will turn up as certainly as day follows night. SIngers and instrumentalists and music lovers all clamor for more BACH. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, an opera composer ["Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare"], teacher of voice production and I train and coach big-voiced singers in the Wagner rep and actors in the Shakespeare oeuvre.

Nov. 13 2014 09:53 AM

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