Bach to Moog - A Realization for Electronics & Orchestra

Release Date: 5/4/2015
Label: Sony
Catalog Number: 88875052612
Orchestra/Ensemble: Sinfonietta Cracovia
Number of Discs: 1

Physical Format:

CD
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$19.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews
In January 2015, Moog Music, the 60-year-old analogue synthesizer company, announced that for the first time in more than 30 years, it would once again build the large format modular synthesizer first introduced by its founder and inventor, Dr. Robert Moog in 1964. It also marks the 10th anniversary of Dr. Moog’s passing. To mark these events, Sony Classical is releasing Bach to Moog, a brand-new album showcasing the newly re-issued Moog System 55 Modular Synthesizer featuring the works of Johann Sebastian Bach in a compelling and contemporary way. This is the first album to be recorded utilizing this new Moog modular system which integrates the synthesizer into the orchestra as a solo instrument and also as a processor of other instruments.

Bach to Moog is produced by American composer, arranger and record producer, Craig Leon, famous for his work with The Ramones and Blondie as well as his work with in the classical arena with Luciano Pavarotti, Joshua Bell and Sir James Galway. Leon is also celebrated for his seminal synthesizer albums from the 1970s, Nommos and Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music, Vol. 1, which were re-released in 2014 to great acclaim to a new generation of electronic music fans. On Bach to Moog, Leon blends his love and mastery of classical, electronic and synthesizer music and is joined by acclaimed British classical violinist, Jennifer Pike, the youngest winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, and the Sinfonietta Cracovia.

Bach to Moog is the first full-length album to use a Moog Modular synthesizer since the historic 1968 album, Switched on Bach, which inspired many musicians of the time to explore the wondrous new world of synthesized music making. Switched on Bach sold millions of albums worldwide and is credited for bringing the synthesizer into the mainstream of pop music recording.
Works on This Recording
1. Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 4 in C minor, BWV 1017: 1st movement, Largo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Craig Leon (Synthesizer)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1717-1723 ; Cöthen, Germany
2. Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 1st movement, Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Jennifer Pike (Violin)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
3. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Craig Leon (Synthesizer)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Sinfonietta Cracovia
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1729-1731 ; Leipzig, Germany
4. Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Craig Leon (Synthesizer)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; ?Cöthen, Germany
5. Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Craig Leon (Synthesizer)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1723 ; Leipzig, Germany
6. Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Craig Leon (Synthesizer)
Period: Baroque
Written: by 1708 ; Germany
7. Ich steh' mit einem Fuss im Grabe, BWV 156: Sinfonia/Arioso by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Craig Leon (Synthesizer)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1729 ; Leipzig, Germany
8. Goldberg Variations BWV 988: Aria by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Craig Leon (Synthesizer)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1741 ; Germany
9. Canons (14) on the Ground from the "Goldberg Variations", BWV 1087 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Craig Leon (Synthesizer)
Period: Baroque
Written: ?1731 ; Leipzig, Germany
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