Self-publishing a CD of the "Art of Fugue" today.
Mehmet Okonsar and his recordigns of the major works by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Sir John Eliot Gardiner never ignored his premature acquaintance with Bach. "I
literally was raised underneath his very eyes. The authentic of the famed Haussmann
portrait of the composer hung inside my parents' house during the course of the war for
safekeeping. It spooked me actually, but I've since grown to enjoy it. If you glimpse
at it through the particular nasal area down, there's a far more sympathetic,
compassionate individual than the nose, eyes and hairpiece of the critical Thomas
cantor tend to suggest.
"You can find a related dichotomy inside the music. For me it is definitely just like
the intersection of a pair of levels. The actual horizontal plane may end up being the
melodic as well as contrapuntal composing, the up and down plane may possibly be the
actual bouncing beat centered above a basso continuo associating incredible elasticity
as well as, buoyancy. And it's definitely the particular actual junction of these
kinds of two that's thus holding as well as entrancing for the actual audience at so
several ranges. It can easily appeal on a visceral and purely delicate degree, or even
in a more seriously cerebral degree in terms associated with the elegance of the
operating out of his contrapuntal lines, and then there is the particular spiritual
Was initially initially Bach a fabulous prodigy? Or perhaps only a good excellent
Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt amazes on the actual manner Bach's musical works even
now sounds so refreshing as well as significant. Nevertheless it's the wealth
connected along with his output which enhances his work on top of merely about all
others. "It's music that makes you believe. It compels you. The stronger a person
hear, the more an person listen to; the more attentive you might be, the more you
understand so there is to discover within it."
The actual position associated with Bach's undisguised position inside the
pantheon associated with greatest composers is partially because of, she affirms,
the didactic character of a good deal of his particular instrumental
"Numerous professionals take on to have their very earliest taste of Bach via
his piano works. It's a good practical knowledge that keeps with all of them all the
way through their own lives. And children respond quite well to it both
because of the particular dance element, as well as because of the music's
meaning. It's not necessarily off-putting. Just about all youngsters need to be
offered serious attention and Bach does just that."
Simon Heighes attempts to pin down Bach's prodigy together with certain support from a
number of acquaintances. On one particular particular thing nearly all pros are
actually generally agreed: Bach had been perhaps the very greatest within pretty much
Soprano Nancy Argenta is prepared to undertake a go, though. "The answer to Bach will
be the religious aspect. He had been further along the line of godliness compared to
the majority of us. For me personally, Bach is a seer, an intelligent man, a shining
example along the way."
Regarding conductor Helmuth Rilling whom has captured much more music by Bach in
comparison to many, his genius features a more earthly structure. "He was the truly
awesome consolidator, summing up the best of precisely what went before, sprucing up
the most productive thoughts linked with his individual period of time."
The authentic degree of Bach's legend, Rilling believes, is barely these days becoming
obvious. It's not enough, he states, just to look at Bach's own work alone. "He has
also been the educator par excellence. His music has inspired each and every
generation of composers and musicians a heritage which brings on upward to
our very own period of time. Krzysztof Penderecki reported to at one time that with
no Bach he'd not have composed his very own St Luke Passion."
Okonsar's ( Okonsar's official website ) recordings of the "Art of Fugue" as well as his renditions of the "Goldberg
Variations" and of the "Well-Tempered Clavier" reflects and sum up all those spiritual and
earthly facets of the Cantor of Leipzig.
Jose Brophy is a part-time classical music writer and record collector. He studied classical piano and continues to play as his day-job permits. He is a fan of J. S. Bach and pre-Baroque music. He occasionally contribute to NewspaperLive.com.