Some of may have you read Erica Jeal’s excellent article in the Guardian last week about how pianist Pavel Kolesnikov is working together with choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker on a performance of the Goldberg Variations. In which case you will guess that the answer is: an enthusiasm for Johann Sebastian Bach.
Benny Andersson has spoken on several occasions about how he listens to Bach every day. And flamboyant, punky American organ wunderkind, Cameron Carpenter, hold the genius from Leipzig in great esteem.
The article describes how Kolesnikov developed a new perspective on the Goldbergs when invited to work together by the Belgian choreographer who already has an impressive track record of working with Bach’s music. Unexpected! Bach and dance is not an automatic connection for me.
After reading the piece, I was very keen to watch them a clip of them working together. Fascinating.
Bach continues to be a source of inspiration for many musicians. In the 1960s, jazz pianist Jacques Loussier and his trio became very popular with their Play Bach LPs.
And then there is the equally unexpected Lambarena – Bach to Africa (from 1995). African musicians provide their reaction to JSB’s music.
I’d be keen to hear the thoughts of any Bach enthusiasts on what we ought to be listening to.
Or indeed any other Bach projects.
I’d also like to hear about other classical composers who have been approached in a more idiosyncratic style.
Don’t be shy! Your Bach cannot be worse than your bite.