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Switched On Bach 2000 [Import]

Wendy Carlos Audio CD
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  • Performer: Wendy Carlos
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (4 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B000003CYZ
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Happy 25th, S-OB
2. Sinfonia In D major
3. Suite In D Major: Air on a G String
4. Two Part Inventions: In F Major
5. Two Part Inventions: In B-Flat Major
6. Two Part Inventions: In D Minor
7. Cantata No. 147: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
8. The Well-Tempered Clavier: Prelude No. 7 In E-Flat Major
9. The Well-Tempered Clavier: Fugue No. 7 In E-Flat Major
10. The Well-Tempered Clavier: Prelude No. 2 In C Minor
11. The Well-Tempered Clavier: Fugue No. 2 In C Minor
12. Cantata No. 140: Wachet Auf
13. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 In G Major: l. Allegro
14. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 In G Major: ll. Adagio
15. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 In G Major: lll. Allegro
16. Toccata & Fugue In D Minor

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best way to get into Classical Music 27 Dec 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is the first step for anyone wishing to enjoy Bach, its fun and takes you on a trip that you want to play over and over again. If you are like me who wishes to experience something new as much as possible then this should be in your collection too.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it - listening is believing! 26 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This electronic version of some of Bach's compositions so perfectly demonstrates their mathematical perfection. Everything balances. Listen to this through headphones to get the best impact. The music just flows through your head and plays with your senses.
"Switched on Bach II" was one of the first LPs I ever bought, when I was a teenager back in the mid-seventies. It inspired me to explore classical music further, but I always come back to this. It has a magical quality about it. I'm sure that J.S. would have approved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carlos = Perfection 7 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
Electronic Classical Music ??? Gasp... Shock... Horror... was how Walter Carlos' original Switched-On journey was heralded in some quarters, but was hailed in awe-struck delight in many others. That includes ME. I'd loved Bach's works from a strangely early age... and regular Orchestral recordings were blow out of the proverbial organ-pipes by the original release of S-OB. Much of the first was, as I recall, done in "one-note-at-a-time" mode and patched together on a tape recorder but you'd never know it- a quite extraordinary feat.

A re-recording with newer instruments and better technology and technique offers more nuances, perfected timbres, and in the production, a wholly more incredible listening experience.

Wendy has produced some stunning "personal" musical creations over the years and I still glaze over - somewhat teary-eyed - at the magnificence of Timesteps and Country Lane (original Clockwork Orange score) and Pompous Circumstances (from "By Request") But the Scherzo from Beethoven's 5th and Rossini's "The Thieving Magpie" (La Gazza Ladra) - again from the Clockwork score - are far better than any of the versions the World's best Orchestras could ever offer.

The late Robert Moog's Synthesizer was not just a toy, with which to make weird noises. Wendy helped to develop it... and pretty-much defined what electronic music really was.

This recording - or any of Wendy's "classical" catalogue are well worth adding to YOUR collection... and leaving them to one's you may one day have to leave behind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great reworking of the original album 26 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The original Switched-On Bach (S-OB) was a groundbreaking landmark in electronic music. With so much "made for electronics" music of the time failing to make a connection with the general public - if anything alienating it - Wendy Carlos revolutionised and popularised electronic music by applying it to more accessible pieces from composers such as Bach and Beethoven. She wasn't trying reproducing existing instruments in orchestral and choral pieces as many people do with electronics today. She was treating the Moog synthesiser on the original recording as an instrument in its own right, as one might interpret a piano piece for orchestra.

S-OB 2000 is a reworking of the original S-OB using more recent electronics (as of 1992 when this was recorded) based around a Macintosh IIfx. Some purists may balk at this not being simply a clean-up of the original recording but, as Wendy explains in her excellent accompanying sleeve notes, the more recent technology allowed her to achieve greatly improved results including varying the tempo and "temper" of the electronic instruments to match Bach's original expectations.

This is no poorly-executed quick dash-off of an updated version. Despite the improved technology it actually took much longer to record simply because there were many more parameters that could be tweaked to deliver a more authentic level, rhythm and pitch. It is a worthy addition to any existing collection of Wendy Carlos music or an excellent introduction to Bach played unashamedly and exuberantly using electronics.
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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Better Than It's Critics Say 31 Jan 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm not quite sure exactly what it is that some reviewers dislike so much about this album. No, it is not "Switched On Bach." Would it have been worth recording if it were identical to the album Carlos did 25 years earlier? Times change, artists mature, and technology marches on.
The principle change -- aside from the switch to digital synthesis -- is Carlos's use of "authentic" tunings popular in Bach's time. The result is that the music does sound different -- less bright, more subdued, with richer harmonies. It doesn't sound the way we are used to hearing it, but most of what we hear now is based on contemporary performance practice. If anything, the works on this album probably sound more like they did in Bach's day. Alright, synthesizers didn't exist back then, but neither did a number of modern instruments that Bach's music is routinely played on today.
The performances are still good -- in fact, probably better than those on the original album. Modern technology allows a musician to "clean up" errors and improve raw performances in ways that simply weren't possible back in 1968. There's no tuning drift, no tape hiss, no extraneous 60Hz line noise, and no performance errors.
This album doesn't deserve the low marks some reviewers have been giving it. If it suffers in comparison with the original "Switched On Bach," it only suffers because it *is* different. Again, what's the point of doing exactly the same thing 25 years later? If you are after the original experience, then the recently issued "Switched On Boxed Set" is what you want. Still, this CD does make an interesting comparison and companion piece. The music is well done, and certainly doesn't deserve the bashing it's gotten here.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Labra lege: Cateva carissima mea Lapides Provolventes est. 8 Nov 1999
By M KIRK-DUGGAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my favorite recordings, and I am astounded at the July 8th statements. Just to make certain, I pulled out my LPs and listened to the original analog Switched On Bach. It was just as good as I remembered, and I hadn't worn out the grooves by using a lousy player. Like all LPs, there is a measureable loss in bass due to compression and reconstruction, but the music is still there to charm. Then I played my own Switched On 2000, and found it also a sheer delight. But it is a digital version that Carlos has created anew, and I enjoy this new version just as much as the analog. They are two different takes on the same Bach masters. Incidentially, the analog was created by Walter Carlos, and the digital by Wendy Carlos. I suggest ordering the "W.Carlos Switched-On Boxed Set" if one wishes to compare the analog with the digital. This set was taken from the long lost master tapes, and is superior to my LPs.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quit complaining -- get both 7 Jan 2000
By matthew clarke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Do yourself a favor, and get BOTH the original album (the new Switched-On Boxed Set is a real bargain with all that's on it) and this 25th anniversary retro look back. They're different in many ways, just like Genn Gould's two versions of The Goldberg Variations: one young and cheerful the other rich and deeper and more introspective.
Of course, if nostalgia is your only motive, only the original will satisfy you. But that's okay, it doesn't mean this much more recent visit is no good, as some reactionary listeners claim. It is darker, sure, but the special tunings make it all sound very smooth and rich. I love them both!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 4 Feb 2011
By Originator - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album lacks the youthful vitality of the original.

To the 21st centuary ear it sounds a lot like a bunch of midi files. Its a bit sterile in its interpretation.

I still play it regularly, but would have preferred to be playig the original.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Owning Along with the Original SOB 23 July 2000
By Dan Sherman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It was interesting to read through the comments on the Amazon site regarding this album. I suppose that reviewers are right to complain, in that if you have the 1968 SOB, you pretty much already have synthesized versions of almost everything on the CD. If you don't listen too carefully, most of the pieces sound pretty much the same. If you truly love the original SOB, you should get the 4-CD box that is now available that includes the performances in excellent sound. You may, however, also want to get this CD which uses more up-to-date synthesizer technology to the pieces, along with somewhat different interpretation. To my ear, they are somewaht more mellow and less "bouncy" than the original CD that was among other things trying to show off the synthesizers of the day.
I certainly saw (or heard!) nothing wrong with this recording. I think buying is a lot like buying different perforances of the piece of music by the same performer (say Glenn Gould playing the Goldberg Variations) or even the same piece of music by different performers. There is no one right way to perform any piece of music. Wendy Carlos has not tried to exactly recreate either the early performance (Why would she have?) or its sounds but rather to provide an updated reinterpretation with new synthesizer tunings. My recommendation is that if like these pieces in synthesized form, then get BOTH CDs -- they are complements and not substitutes. One thing about the new CD that I found very interesting was the program notes that explained a lot the technical and performing changes (e.g., the tunings) that went into the CD.
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