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The Brandenburg Duets / Bindman, Lin

Release Date: 03/09/2018 
Label:  Grand Piano   Catalog #: 777  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Eleonor BindmanJenny Lin
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Unlike the only published piano duet arrangement by Max Reger, which has serious performance limitations, Eleonor Bindman’s new transcription of the Brandenburg Concertos highlights their polyphony, imagining how Bach might have distributed the score if he had created four-part inventions for piano duet. With an equal partnership between the two instrumentalists, using the modern piano’s full potential to convey the unique scoring and character of each work, the concertos are ordered to create an engaging listening sequence. Both Eleonor Bindman and Jenny Lin receive critical accolades wherever they perform. The Poughkeepsie Journal write of Bindman: “…a strong pianist who attacks her work with great vitality and emotion. She is extremely Read more expressive and mesmerizes her audience with her flair and technique.” Gramophone magazine hailed Lin as “an exceptionally sensitive pianist,” while The Washington Post labeled her as “…surely one of the most interesting pianists in America right now…” Read less

Works on This Recording

Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Eleonor Bindman (Piano), Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Eleonor Bindman (Piano), Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 
Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Eleonor Bindman (Piano), Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1710; ?Weimar, Germany 
Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Eleonor Bindman (Piano), Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Eleonor Bindman (Piano), Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Eleonor Bindman (Piano), Jenny Lin (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1718; ?Cöthen, Germany 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 A dynamic performance of a dynamite transcription! March 12, 2018 By PHILLIP J GASKILL GASKILL (BROOKLYN, NY) See All My Reviews "So, what we’re dealing with here is both a transcription and the debut performance of that transcription. I should probably focus on the transcription itself: the performance, as you would expect if you’re familiar with the pianists, is top-notch. It’s not easy to make an orchestral piece sound like itself on the piano: in fact, it’s downright impossible. (Brahms arranged all his own symphonies for piano 4-hands, as did Mahler at least some of his, Liszt Beethoven’s, and Reger these same Bach pieces. And that’s only a very partial listing. And these all had varying degree of success, even though Brahms and Liszt had no recordings to compete with. They were for people to play on their own piano at home, not really for anyone else to listen to, hoping to hear a symphony as composed.) All that being said, Eleonor Bindman, having picked a set of very difficult orchestral pieces to make sound good, has done a remarkably wonderful job with this transcription. I’m only a cellist and conductor: I don’t really play the piano at all, so I can’t vouch for how this transcription is to play: I can only say what it’s like to listen to. (I of course have played and conducted all these pieces many times.) And my opinion is that it’s dynamite. Many subjective choices had to be made, for example as to what notes to omit because it’s not possible to play them all, what notes to raise or lower by an octave (for the same reason), etc., etc., and she did as good a job at all this kind of thing as I can imagine anyone doing. She even managed to bring out some of Bach’s musical lines that ordinarily don’t get heard very well in orchestral performances. ¶ My suggestion: run, don’t walk, to wherever you can get ahold of a copy of this 2-CD set." Report Abuse
 Fun for four hands and a piano keyboard March 9, 2018 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "Back in 2003 Sony released [[ASIN:B0013AYT08 Murray Perahia Plays Bach: Italian Concerto, BWV 971; Brandenburg Concerto No 5, BWV 1050; Concerto for flute, violin, harpsichord, BWV 1044]] a great Bach album, one of my all-time favourites, by Murray Perahia. It included an electrifying performance of the 5th Brandenburg Concerto. That's great piano playing in the cadenza, but I love the piano/orchestra textures throughout the concerto. It points the way to this new arrangement of the Brandenburg Concertos for piano duet. I know I was ready for this! Eleonor Bindman's arrangement is outstanding, at once freer and closer to the spirit of the original music, and with more interesting textures than the one by Max Reger. Bindman and Jenny Lin (who was so great in this year's release of Philip Glass Etudes) really lean in to this freedom, swinging when Bach allows, and never staid or boring when things get more thoughtful or academic. There's a short taste of the music and some interesting comments about the arrangement by Bindman on her website. Though she may have started with purely pedagogical reasons for bringing this music to four hands and a piano keyboard, which I'm sure are very close to Max Reger's own, Bindman and Lin are obviously having too much fun here for it to be just that. And that makes it even more pleasurable for us to listen to." Report Abuse
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