Sunday, February 2, 2014

One Thing I Really Like about John Eliot Gardiner's New Biography of Bach

He dispels the inexplicably persistent myth of Bach as a purely intellectual composer, whose music was devoid of sentiment or romanticism. Gardiner's evidence comes mainly from Bach's cantatas. But I would defy anyone simply to listen to the second movement of Bach's Italian Concerto and then tell me that Bach was basically just a compositional computer.

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