MusingMuso Posted November 1, 2006 Share Posted November 1, 2006 How do we like to hear our Bach played to-day? People, and especially organists, seem to have very strong ideas about what is "correct" interpretation and what is not, and yet, ever since the 19th century, each era has produced its own champions of interpretation and style. Do the younger performers of to-day have any conception of how Bach's organ-music used to be played? Here, as an opening teaser, is a re-creation of the way that Bach might have been played in Germany at the start of the 20th century, using the early Straube editions, and played by a lady German organist who studied with Straube, and who recorded this at the ripe old age of 82. http://pipedreams.publicradio.org/listings/0433/ Käte van Tricht - Sauer organ - Bremen Cathedral B Minor "Prelude" - 42m 50 sec In the recent "Virgil Fox Phenomenon" thread, it was perhaps unfortunate that the subject ended up, as always, raising personal passions and prejudices. However, the original reason for mentioning Virgil Fox, was to open up serious discussion about the various styles of Bach interpretation, as well as to offer up some sort of background which might explain the way a whole generation, including Virgil Fox, approached the organ-music of Bach. I should have known better than to cast it under the heading of arguably the most controversial figure in the history of organ-playing. Virgil Fox played Bach too fast, too symphonically and too loud, and as everyone knows, no self-respecting English organist would EVER have played Bach that way. Well, try this:- Sir George Thalben-Ball, playing the Fugue from BMV565 on the 1930 Compton of the BBC Broadcasting House, London. http://pipedreams.publicradio.org/listings/0433/ 1h 03.m 30sec So there's our starter for ten, so to speak. Does this style of performance have any relevance or merit to-day? MM Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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