[f_minor] Concerto BMV 1061 / Katia and Marielle Labècque, harpsichords

Robert Merkin bobmerk at earthlink.net
Fri Sep 5 08:58:34 MDT 2014

A recent poster asked where everyody was. I hope everybody's at the lakeshore cabin, so while you're putting on sunscreen and insect repellant, I'm sending you this, and hope you enjoy it. 


J. S. Bach Concerto BMV 1061
Katia and Marielle Labècque / harpsichords

One summer night on a blanket I saw and heard the Labècque Sisters bang out "Carnival of the Animals" on two pianos, and I've been a huge fan ever since. (I particularly love "The Tortoise.") 

I've been rediscovering composer/guitarist Mahavishnu John McClaughlin, and a few decades ago, he and Katia were married. That must have been a richly musical household. The Sisters and McClaughlin issued one or two CDs of McClaughlin compositions.

Anyway most of you are JS Bach freaks, so enjoy and let me know what you think of this "cover." I'm specifically NOT asking how it compares to The Master, but if anyone has such thoughts, toss them in, too. 

But look, even The Master only had two hands, beautiful as they were. He must have been at a disadvantage competing against a four-hand act.

Yesterday my doctor told me about her weekend, installing her daughter in the freshman dorm at a Pennsylvania college. So summer's over, dudes, back to work.

Massachusetts USA

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