Friday, May 11, 2012

Is Bach the universal standard?

 Johann Sebastian Bach composed his Six Partitas before the age of forty and while they are some of his most intellectually rigorous music there is no account of him playing them in a concert setting. In spite of this, these works have become the touchstone for serious performers of the master's music.

On the Piano this Sunday a quick review of performance practice of these beautiful but difficult works ending with Glenn Gould, who set a new standard of virtuosic performance. Then we hear two recent recordings of Partitas No. 1 & 4 with American pianists Richard Goode and Murray Perahia.

Bach in the 21st century on the Piano this Sunday afternoon at 5 on KPAC and KTXI.

host, Randy Anderson

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