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Bach on other instruments

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Montesquieu commented recently how well J.S. Bach's tunes can transfer to new contexts and instruments.

Fortunately, the challenge amongst high peaks presents a technical challenge which many fine players relish.

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Edgar Meyer's take on 3 of the cello concertos is recommended.

DB gets to parts of the viscera that the cello cannot reach ;-)

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This guy is responsible for much of this - by finding and transcribing repetoire.

He held that many keyboard works were lute tunes originally.

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Goodness where do you start! Loved the banjo BTW (I just bought a five string banjo and am enjoying it immensely though playing bluegrass and pete seger on it not Bach. Wonder if the tablature is available?

Anyway:

Anthony Lawrence King's 'Secrets of the semitones' perhaps the finest performance I can think of of the D Minor Chaconne along with many other real gems. I take this over screechy violins any day.

The Gaede Trio's version of the Goldbergs very insightful, especially when you go back to play it at the keyboard

Stokowski's Tocatta and Fugue in D minor for orchestra - nuff said, still sparkling

Walter/Wendy Carlos electronic Brandenburgs (shockingly daring at the time but debased since by 40 years of call centre holding music)

And of course the many versions of the Goldbergs and 48 for piano .... generally a successful translation to the 'wrong' instrument!

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Goodness where do you start! Loved the banjo BTW (I just bought a five string banjo and am enjoying it immensely though playing bluegrass and pete seger on it not Bach. Wonder if the tablature is available?

In that case, you need this:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bach-Banjo-Johann-Sebastian/dp/B0000049RA/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1358543070&sr=1-1

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Jonathan Mayer, sitar, takes on three pieces on this album.

Score-draw territory IME, but more otherworld than Carlos, perhaps.

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I can recommend the Safri Duo on tuned percussion http://www.amazon.co.uk/Goldrush-Works-Percussion-Safri-Duo/dp/B00005NG5H/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1358594016&sr=1-2 and, of course, Glenn Gould 'sing along with the Goldbergs' http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bach-Goldberg-Variations-Glenn-Gould/dp/B0002ISFRK/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1358594086&sr=1-1.

And I have heard of, but never actually heard, a really good live performance of the D minor toccata by, I think, these people http://www.onu.edu/academics/getty_college_of_arts_sciences/areas_of_study/music/ensembles/other_ensembles/steel_drum_b. Apparently it was on a CD recorded on a concert tour of Japan a few years back. I was told about it by a friend (an organist) who had heard the toccata played on Radio 3.

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Speaking of Japan, with my liking for oddball things, I had a 'Bach played on Koto and Shakuhachi' LP once. But must have given it away last year when I cleared my 'Classical' LPs out!

Sorry!

I can recommend the Safri Duo on tuned percussion http://www.amazon.co.uk/Goldrush-Works-Percussion-Safri-Duo/dp/B00005NG5H/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1358594016&sr=1-2 and, of course, Glenn Gould 'sing along with the Goldbergs' http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bach-Goldberg-Variations-Glenn-Gould/dp/B0002ISFRK/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1358594086&sr=1-1.

And I have heard of, but never actually heard, a really good live performance of the D minor toccata by, I think, these people http://www.onu.edu/academics/getty_college_of_arts_sciences/areas_of_study/music/ensembles/other_ensembles/steel_drum_b. Apparently it was on a CD recorded on a concert tour of Japan a few years back. I was told about it by a friend (an organist) who had heard the toccata played on Radio 3.

VB

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Bach on keyboards worn like guitars:

"They're fucking shit"

And he looked such a fool with a harpsichord slung round his neck. :D

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I love the great Chaconne, It's stupendous on the guitar and here it is played in a Church by someone far, far more able than me:

I think it's very apt as I think of it as very organ-like music as it has a meditative quality much like a lot of church music does but far less 'backgroundy' :)

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Great, this is going to turn into an expensive thread :D

In this version, I can only think of two players declaring profound adoration.

Decorating parts the other didn't know they had :)

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