Let me start with an admission - I love the music of JS Bach and consider him the greatest and most influential composer of all time. Having seen a grainy film of MJQ on the BBC some years ago I bought this album. The versions do no damage whatsoever to Bach's music and listening to it makes you realise just how forward-looking it is and that he was, in reality, far removed from the dry academic figure foisted on us at school when we were forced to listen reverently (and then were put off it for years). These are great interpretations of the greatest of composers. Listening to Bach's music you realise that this type of treatment was nascent from the beginning. The spirit of Bach hovers over the proceedings and he would, I think, have approved and loved it. Buy it and listen to it again and again and again etc. and then listen to (say) Glenn Gould playing the 'Goldberg Variations' or John Eliot Gardiner's recording of the Brandenburg Concertos or the Church Cantatas and you'll hear what I mean. Fabulous.Blues On Bach
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