Bach is Still Hot

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Classical 90.5 is giving away a copy of Joshua Bell’s latest release which is the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. Felix Mendelssohn is credited for putting Bach’s music back into popular culture. If the current list of new recordings are any indication, Bach is still grabbing listeners’ ears.

Violinist Lisa Batiashvili put out her own recording of Bach’s violin and orchestra works recently. The Georgian violinist paired the concertos with chamber works by Bach and his son Carl Philipp Emanuel.

Pianist Andrew Rangell released a 3-CD set of keyboard masterworks by Bach. The Steinway & Sons recording includes the Goldberg Variations and the six partitas. This 2013 set is a collection of previously released recordings by Mr. Rangell.

Pianist Igor Levit has created quite a stir in the the classical recording world with his fiery performances. That includes his Sony Classical release of the six partitas by Bach.

The six French Suites by Bach are performed by pianist Sergey Schepkin on a new 2-CD set by Steinway & Sons. The set includes Bach Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue and Fantasia & Fugue in A minor.

Giveaway: Joshua Bell “Bach”

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The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is known for its prolific recordings, mostly under the baton of Sir Neville Mariner. Violinist Joshua Bell became the ensemble’s music director in 2011, the first since Marriner, and almost immediately launched into recording with the group, starting with Beethoven symphonies 4 & 7, and in 2014 releasing an all-Bach disc.

Celebrate Bach’s birthday, coming up on March 21st, by entering to win a copy of Joshua Bell “Bach” from Classical 90.5.

The giveaway is closed. We’ll announce the winner on April 1, 2015.

Jinjoo Cho In-Studio

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Violinist Jinjoo Cho joined us in the Performance Studio of Classical 90.5 to perform a concert on February 3rd. Ms. Cho received the gold medal at the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in September. The Gheens Great Expectations Program welcomed her and the administrator of the Gheens series pianist Jeff Jamner accompanied her. She gave an outstanding concert of “Grave and Fuga from Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003″ by J.S. Bach, “Sonata in E Minor, K. 304″ by W.A. Mozart, and “Fantasy for Solo Violin” by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Daniel Gilliam hosted the concert, and spoke with Ms. Cho and Glen Kwok, Executive Director of ICVI.

Featured Album and Giveaway: The Art of Bach

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Since meeting in 2000 at the Juilliard School, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe have carved a unique path as a piano duo. They’ve performed on MTV’s Total Request Live and APM’s Performance Today, and their self-produced videos have received over a million views (the Libertango video has almost reached the 1.5 million mark).

Anderson & Roe’s fourth album features Johann Sebastian Bach’s seminal works, from a Brandenburg Concerto to portions of the St. Matthew Passion, arranged for two pianos and piano four-hands. Hear The Art of Bach this week on Classical 90.5 and enter for a chance to win a copy!

Transforming Bach

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Born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, in 1987, Igor Levit at age eight moved with his family to Germany where he completed his piano studies at Hanover Academy of Music, Theatre and Media in 2009. He graduated with the highest academic and performance scores in the history of the institute. Levit has appeared in major concert halls and music festivals around the world.

During his studies he won several international awards, including second prize at the International Maria Callas Grand Prix, Athens (2004), first prize at the International Piano Academy Competition in Hamamatsu (2004), the silver medal and three other awards at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv (2005) and the Luitpold Prize for young artists in Bad Kissingen (2009).

Last year the young pianist made a bold recording debut with the late sonatas by Beethoven. He’s now followed this recording with the Partitas by J S Bach. Classical 90.5 will be playing this new release over the next several weeks. Enjoy his performance of Bach’s Chaccone as arranged by Johannes Brahms.