I love music.

I write about the music I like and have purchased for the benefit of better understanding it and sharing my preferences with others.

Great Bach

This weekend I've been listening to some music; some of which I have neglected for some time. Too many times I surf the web while listening, and in doing so, miss many details. This time around I stopped surfing, because the music was so arresting. Pierre Hantaï on his second recording of the Goldbergs on Mirare; Rachel Podger on Bach's solo Sonatas & Partitas. Hantaï is special for the little flourishes he adds; a great sounding instrument, and articulate, fast fingers. Podger has a very blooming-sounding violin (thanks to her acoustic playing space), and isn't a timid player. You can tap your foot to her Bach; and all the time, it's easy to listen to and full of dynamic interest. Who knows if Manze will ever record the S&P of Bach; but I think I'd like this one better.

Shanghai Quartet in Concert

I have been whipped...