When WENDY CARLOS wanted to introduce the Moog synthesizer to popular music in 1969, she chose the music of JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH for the world's first album of electronic classical transcriptions. "SWITCHED-ON BACH" was a sensation that won three Grammy awards — a landmark in electronic music.
Why Bach? It turned out that the music of the 17th and 18th centuries was ideally suited to the limited capabilities of early monophonic synthesizers, and Bach was the king of the Baroque. Even so, it took weeks of painstaking work to record each piece. Carlos proved that synthesizers could produce never-before-heard sounds that could still be fully musical and expressive. In doing so, she set the stage for all the electronic composers that have followed.
Baroque music is a sonic edifice built on "counterpoint" — independent, continuously moving, yet harmonically related melodic lines and rhythms. The integration of these lines gives Baroque music an architectural integrity and irresistible kinetic appeal. Whether it's an elegant rhythmic dance movement, a stately procession, or a slow interlude — things move inexorably forward across a rich harmonic soundscape to the ultimate goal of sonic resolution.
It was a music of courts, drawing rooms and social occasions, played in palaces and opulently decorated churches. The tone ranged from light and buoyant to busy and mechanical; from formal and polite to intensely emotional in the slow Adagios, Arias, Largos, and Sarabandes.
On this transmission of HEARTS of SPACE, we explore the sublime depths of the Baroque adagio, with music by J. S. BACH, VIVALDI, BOCCHERINI and ALBINONI…on a program called BACH & BAROQUE.
Recording artists include WENDY CARLOS, SIMONE DINNERSTEIN, YO-YO MA, NIGEL KENNEDY, LARA DOWNES, the TAFELMUSIK BAROQUE ORCHESTRA, GIULIANO CARMINGNOLA, LUIGI PIOVANO, and the CAPELLA ISTROPOLITANA.