No less than Glenn Gould proclaimed, “Carlos’s realization of the Fourth Brandenburg Concerto is, to put it bluntly, the finest performance of any of the Brandenburgs–live, canned, or intuited–I’ve ever heard.”
This is a collection of all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos performed by Wendy(Walter)Carlos on her Moog modular synthesizer. Concertos 1, 2, and 6 were recorded specifically for this album. Concertos 3, 4, and 5 had been previously released on Switched-On Bach, The Well-Tempered Synthesizer, and Switched-On Bach II respectively. The first movement of the Second Concerto had been recorded for the album By Request, released in 1975.
The Back-cover has a mis-print: The last Concerto is listed twice.
Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Wendy Carlos
Vinyl (1980) Number of Discs: 2
Size: 2.17 GB
If you have to own one of her early recordings, this is the one to get. The haunting final Monteverdi piece, with its strange, beautiful, and terrifying electronic vocals is worth the price of admission alone. Perhaps the crown work on this album is Bach’s 4th Brandenburg Concerto, which Glenn Gould once called the most perfect interpretation.
# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Domenico Scarlatti, Claudio Monteverdi # Performer: Walter (now Wendy) Carlos # Vinyl (1969) # Number of Discs: 1 # Format: FLAC (Tracks) # Label: CBS # DR-Analysis: DR 12
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Wendy Carlos is one of the pioneers of Electronic music and has been since the debut of the Switched On Bach album was released in 1968. The album was a huge critical and commercial success and won many awards including three Grammys. The album was also certified platinum and broke new ground for Electronic music.
# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach # Performer: Walter (now Wendy) Carlos # Vinyl (1974) # Number of Discs: 1 # Format: FLAC (Tracks) # Label: CBS # DR-Analysis: DR 12
# ASIN: B0000641BM # Size: 872 MB # Scan: yes # Server: FileFactory
Any discussion that gets hung up on the instrumentation of this record misses that, here, Carlos gets the feeling of Bach’s music nailed, track after track. This is a player on a mission. Note how the material is cleverly sequenced for maximum liveliness and variety…
# Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach # Performer: Walter (now Wendy) Carlos # Vinyl (1969) # Number of Discs: 1 # Format: FLAC (Tracks) # Label: CBS # DR-Analysis: DR 11
# ASIN: B00005ORCV # Size: 898 MB # Scan: yes # Server: FileFactory