Bach and the Pipe Organ
Another entry in the sleekly produced Maestro Classics “Stories in Music” series, this album about the life of Johann Sebastian Bach, written by series co-creator Bonnie Ward Simon, features expressive narration performed by Yadu (aka Dr. Konrad Czynski). It is accompanied by excerpts of works by the great composer (who in his lifetime was best known for his towering talent as an organist and harpsichordist), performed by noted organist David Enlow and harpsichordist/clavichordist Dongsok Shin of the baroque ensemble, REBEL. Simon presents spoken interludes about the fascinating history and construction of the pipe organ (“the king of instruments”) and additional facts about Bach’s life, and there is an unexpected treat: the Swingle Singers, the group that rose to fame in the early 1960s, is featured in its signature jazz a capella version of Bach’s Fugue in G Minor. The album ends with Enlow’s solo organ performance of the Fugue and includes a 24-page booklet with activities, puzzles, and facts about Bach, about pipe organs, harpsichords and clavichords, and about the baroque period.
Lynne Heffley ©2020 Parents’ Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.