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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

1.
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 
2.
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 
3.
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 
4.
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 
5.
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 
6.
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:  4 Customer Reviews )
 I can listen to it non-stop April 18, 2018 By Aida Markiw (New York, NY) See All My Reviews "It has become my go-to music when I want to be in a special zone of calm and exhilaration at the same time......it helps my creative juices flow.....I listen to it with my eyes closed and feel happiness flowing through me. I can also have it as my background music while I paint or do anything I enjoy: it just enhances everything in my daily moments! I am buying a second copy as a gift....this needs to be shared!" Report Abuse
 Beautiful Interpretation April 13, 2018 By Jonathan S. (Anchorage, AK) See All My Reviews "Well balanced transcription allows both pianists to shine and provides a beautifully executed alternative to the orchestral versions." Report Abuse
 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
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