Friday, March 21, 2008
Happy 403rd Birthday, Kappelmeister!
The Master turns 403 today, and he is still setting the standard for instrumental and choral virtuosity, driven by one holy passion: Soli Deo Gloria! May his works know many, many more centuries of life and influence.
My thoughts on Bach as playd on piano: In my humble opinion, there was only one pianist who could pull this off-Glenn Gould. As a matter of fact, if Bach is being played on piano, and it's not Glenn Gould, then it's not Bach on piano. PERIOD! It is useless otherwise. Why, it's like trying to have the Benny Goodman Orchestra without Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa, or Led Zeppelin without John Bonham. It's simply not-going-to-happen!
To see what I mean, here's Glenn Gould playing the Bach's Partita NO. 6.
Now listen to the Rostropovich, AKA The Master Cellist, play Bach's Cello Suite No. 1.