JS Bach - Brandenburg Concertos

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JS Bach - Brandenburg Concertos

Isabelle Faust (violin), Antoine Tamestit (viola), Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin

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Although only unearthed in Berlin almost a century after Bach’s death, the set of six concertos he dedicated to Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg, in March 1721 have since become among the most popular and well-known of all his works. They have been performed – in part or as a set – by everyone from Toscanini and Furtwängler, Karajan and Abbado, to such renowned chamber orchestras as the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, I Musici and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Benjamin Britten conducted a famous Decca recording with the English Chamber Orchestra. And, naturally, no self-respecting period instrument ensemble would neglect to set ... read more

Although only unearthed in Berlin almost a century after Bach’s death, the set of six concertos he dedicated to Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg, in March 1721 have since become among the most popular and well-known of all his works. They have been performed – in part or as a set – by every... read more

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Liszt in Lockdown: Interview with Charles Owen

Liszt in Lockdown: Interview with Charles Owen  14th September 2021

14th September 2021

This week The Spin Doctor takes on a different format as we interview British pianist Charles Owen, ahead of the release in a few days’ time of his new Liszt recording. Amid a busy schedule, Charles generously gave time to answer our questions and offer his views and reflections on a broad range of topics, from the challenges for musicians of the Covid-19 pandemic, to the music of Liszt, and many of his own past and future projects. The Liszt disc, out this Friday, contains deeply musical performances of the first, ‘Swiss’ book of the epic Années de pèlerinage, as well as the glorious ‘Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude’ from the Harmonies poétiques et religieuses. Charles Owen brings out all the brilliance and intensity of expression in these pieces while tracing a clear musical path through each number. Widely respected among his colleagues, he is something of a musician’s... read more

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