I wish A Happy New Year to all my friends – a 2017 with peace, good health, beautiful moments together with all your dear ones.
La Multi Ani!
Une Bonne Nouvelle Annee!
Shana Tova!
My musical present to start 2017 is Glenn Gould’s interpretation of the Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D major, BWV 1050 by Bach.
Johann Sebastian Bach most likely completed his Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050, in 1721. This work is the fifth of six concertos the composer dedicated to Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg. The offering was likely a sort of application for employment; Bach got no response, but these pieces have become some of his best-known material. Every one of the concertos is distinct, as are the composer’s sets of suites and partitas. Hearing the fifth concerto in the context of the rest of the set makes it clear that, apart from Bach‘s inimitable strength as a contrapuntist, the key to his ability to make music that is both sublime and entertaining lies in the fact that in his hands, everything is elastic. No other composer of the Baroque era could write through the constraints of form as if it was not there at all. Bach saw more options than anyone else, in form and in influence. The way he blended the Italian sound into his own in these concertos ennobled both Italian and German music. The scope of his vision and his relentless invention, making everything he wrote new, frustrates any attempt at comparison.’
source http://www.allmusic.com/composition/brandenburg-concerto-no-5-in-d-major-bwv-1050-mc0002388723