Discovering the Cosmology of Bach with Krista Tippett

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

On Being host Krista Tippett in a live taping at The Greene Space (The Greene Space)

In a live taping of On Being, public radio’s nationally distributed program about the big questions at the center of human life, Princeton computer scientist Bernard Chazelle, speaks with host Krista Tippett about Bach’s human and aesthetic virtues, and how he inspires our own.

The evening includes live performances of Bach's monumental Chaconne for solo violin performed by Tim Fain, and an excerpt of the Partita No. 2 in C minor for solo piano performed by Anna Polonsky.

The archived webcast is available below and the complete show can be heard above.

This event is part of Bachstock — WQXR’s month-long festival celebrating the music, life and times of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Comments [3]

I like the brief comments. The ones that don't regurgitate and self promote.


Nov. 17 2014 07:34 PM
Tony from NYC

Mr. Chazelle raves about Bach, whom he very obviously adores, as though no other composer were worthy to tie his shoe laces. This is tiresome to the ears, Bach month notwithstanding. Perhaps Bach is the greatest composer and improvisateur ever. But perhaps a computer scientist should be encouraged to confine his raving to off-air.

Nov. 16 2014 09:04 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

We all know from our own personal life experiences that music can as Shakespeare has written "dsoothe the savage beast.' The architecture of Bach's music is so well-ordered that it induces a repose, a serenity. 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, Gounod, Massenet, Mahler, Grieg, Sibelius, Lehar, Debussy, Giordano, Cilea, Schubert, Schumann, Arnold Schonberg, Brahms, Leoncavallo, Mascagni, Richard and Johann Strauss, Moussorgsky, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Bizet, Halevy, Meyerbeer and Hugo Wolf all have legitimate claims on my leisure as well as my 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. By going to Recorded Selections on my website one may download free 37 out of the over 100 selections that I sang in the main hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium, of Carnegie Hall in four three hour-long solo concerts.

Nov. 16 2014 04:31 PM

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