Bach: Cantata BWV 140

Bach: Cantata BWV 140, “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” — Comparing 5 recordings: Leppard/English Chamber Orchestra, London Voices (1981), Harnoncourt/Concentus musicus (1984, partial), Gardiner/Monteverdi Choir/English Baroque Soloists (1992), Koopman/Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir (2006), Lutz/J.S.Bach-Stiftung St.Gallen (2008, DVD)

Organ Fascination

(…) once my record collection started featuring organ recordings — though organ recordings took a rather slow and non-systematic start. At least, the beginning was OK — for that time (1970), at least: a box with all of Handel’s organ concertos, played by the Collegium aureum and Rudolf Ewerhart on magnificent organs such as the famous Gabler organ in Weingarten, or the Riepp organs in Ottobeuren…

Bach: Violin Sonatas BWV 1014-1019

Bach: Violin Sonatas BWV 1014-1019 — Comparing recordings with the following artists: Andrew Manze & Richard Egarr (1999), Rachel Podger & Trevor Pinnock (2000), Viktoria Mullova & Ottavio Dantone (2007)

Encounters with Yulianna Avdeeva

(…) Yulianna at that time had just finished her concert diploma and had since become Prof. Scherbakov’s assistant (which presumably consists of filling in for him when he was away for concerts or for a recording session). This is now 3 years ago, and she has evolved as a pianist quite dramatically since then…

Encounters with Music Instruments

… in a family with 5 boys. My mother had been playing recorder when she was young. I remember that she had 2 – 3 recorders (alto and soprano). With 5 boys there was very little chance for quiet times to play — and for the instruments to survive! Once we got our hands on these instruments, we ruined them quickly by biting into the mouthpiece, destroying the labium with screwdrivers or needles, etc. …