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

Pat pzumst at bluewin.ch
Fri Sep 12 15:26:36 MDT 2014

I just tried to listen to John McLaughlin and came to the conclusion that you people must have had some fantastic drugs back those many harvest moons ago.  Otherwise I cannot fina any reason for the popularity of Fusion Jazz..... 

And because not much is going on here I thought I give you all Die Kunst der Fuge conducted by Maestro Jordi Savall, one of the most underrated musicians of the last few decades: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDkJK7mWitI. Math, beauty, structure, form, yet improvisation is possible. 

All those complaints, mostly made by purists regarding Mr. Goulds’ trickstery in the studio have often baffled me. In rock and pop music from ca. 1966 onwards oberdubs became commonplace, yet when Mr Gould would open his box of tricks people were ghafawing and ranting.  Isn’t the final result the most important thing and not how you managed to achieve what you had in mind ? 

Mary will prolly give me a hard time for this, but at least in this case Mr. Gould was ahead of his pianist colleagues...

From: maryellen jensen 
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 10:45 PM
To: f_minor at glenngould.org 
Subject: Re: [f_minor] Concerto BMV 1061 / Katia and Marielle Labècque, harpsichords

Gruess Gott "bobmerk",

I'm old enough to remember when John McLaughlin became "Vishnu John". Crikey, that seems a lifetime ago now... many, many Harvest moons ago.

A passing thought on the four hands at the keyboard: the polydactyl "star pianist" in a brief appearance in the film "Gattaca": 10 fingers, 2 thumbs. A link with a comment by "shaerens":

"This is a very clever scene. The pianist is playing Schubert's impromptu in G flat, only he's adding an additional melody that's not humanly possible to play. It's then revealed that he has additional fingers to achieve this. (It's still not possible though, the melody in the right hand is played with the ring finger and the pinky, the chords with the other fingers in the right hand. The additional melody is way too much of a stretch)"


I've posted this elsewhere but Jehan (pronounced Jean) Alain deserves more exposure:


Do read what you can of his family's history. Enjoy his music.


From: bobmerk at earthlink.net
To: f_minor at glenngould.org
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 10:58:34 -0400
Subject: [f_minor] Concerto BMV 1061 / Katia and Marielle Labècque, harpsichords

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.

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