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Thursday, May 05, 2011

SWITCHED ON BACH

CIMG9637
by Walter Carlos with Benjamin Folkman


COLUMBIA RECORDS
MS 7194
STEREO

CIMG9654


SIDE A:



SINFONIA TO CANTATA NO. 29 3:20
AIR ON A G STRING 2:27
TWO PART-INVENTION IN F MAJOR :40
TWO PART-INVENTION IN B-FLAT MAJOR 1:30
TWO PART-INVENTION IN D MINOR :55
JESU, JOY OF MAN'S DESIRING 2:56
PRELUDE AND FUGUE NO. 7 IN E-FLAT MAJOR 7:07

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SIDE B:



PRELUDE AND FUGUE NO. 2 IN C MINOR 2:43
CHORALE PRELUDE "WACHET AUF" 3:37
BRANDENBURG CONCERTO NO.3 IN G MAJOR
First Movement 6:35
Second Movement 2:50
Third Movement 5:05

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CIMG9638

Editor's note: of all the major composers Bach is one of the few who leaves me cold. I think it's the harpsichord works that turned me off the most as well as the frenetic piano pieces which I have come to accept a little more as my mind has deteriorated into bathos. Of course he was a musical genius but so, some will say, is Weird Fucking Al! It doesn't mean that I have to like it. This cartoonish take on the master though does my heart some good. Not enough to reverse the years of Dorito plaque build up but as the drunk and loonies say: take it day by day. If that doesn't soothe you then take some comfort in the Michigan sunshine and cloudwork refracted in the vinyl reproduction. Just ignore the blurry graininess of the photo and we'll both feel better about ourselves.

1 comment:

Michael Maddox said...

Just wanted to point out that this record is considered a classic in the synth community, as it was an early recording that brought "serious" synthesizer music to the masses. Even more interesting is that Mr. Walter Carlos became Ms. Wendy Carlos on subsequent recordings, including the soundtrack to the movie, TRON.