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Janos Starker 1924 – 2013

It is part of our lives in a way that we cannot wake up in the morning and go through life without music and without having this essential aspect of it, that music means just as much as eating and drinking or living.”  — János Starker (July 5, 1924 – April 28, 2013)

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This is part 3 of a series of posts forming a “collector’s guide” primarily focusing on answering the question “I have the Bach Complete Edition, what other Bach-related recordings might I want to get?”  Please see the introduction to the series for more background information, the guide to chamber music, and the guide to orchestral […]

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This is part 2 of a series of posts forming a “collector’s guide” primarily focusing on answering the question “I have the Bach Complete Edition, what other Bach-related recordings might I want to get?”  Please see the introduction to the series for more background information and the guide to chamber music if you are interested.  […]

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This will be part 1 of a series of posts forming a “collector’s guide” primarily focusing on answering the question “I have the BCE, what other Bach-related recordings might I want to get?”  Please see the introduction to the series for more background information. Many of Bach’s instrumental works have been familiar to me for […]

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Happy Bach’s Birthday to everyone! I find it fascinating that Bach was born so close to/on the date that is now the spring equinox.  Even though this was not true in the Germany of 1685 and some consider Bach’s birthday now to fall on March 31st (see the head of the Wikipedia article on Bach […]

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I have been wanting to talk about many of the recordings that I have found and loved in the past few years. And I thought an interesting addition to this site might be a modest guide for Bach collectors with a particular focus on answering the question “I have the BCE, what other Bach-related recordings might I want to get?”

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Today is the second anniversary of the date when I started the ThornyKoanz.net blog. Therefore, it seems like an appropriate time to try to resusciate it. What have I been doing since my last post? Details inside …

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I hope that everyone found a way to enjoy Bach’s birthday today! I spent some time contemplating how best to celebrate this year but that time constraints this week will probably force me to restrain my excessive listening impulses.

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Bach didn’t write any music that we know of specifically for Ash Wednesday. But, I still wanted to find some suitable music to listen to yesterday.

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I’ve long wanted to collect all of Bach’s works but the task of tracking down good recordings of every piece seemed daunting and expensive. The latest version of Brilliant Classics’ Bach Complete Edition brings several new recordings and other new material together in an incredibly priced box set. Not every recording in this set is a winner, but there are several really great discs and most of the rest are decent to good. At less than $150, if your Bach collection is missing at least half of the music in this set like mine was, then the Bach Complete Edition is by far the easiest and most affordable way to fill in the gaps.

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