Tuesday, April 27, 2010

J.S. Bach's Lobe den Herren, den Mächtigen König der Ehren, Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling

"Most of Bach’s cantatas, most of Haydn’s symphonies, originally ended up being filed away after only a few performances," writes R.J. Stove — Pianarchy "We have no right to expect that Bach and Haydn agonized greatly about their masterpieces’ brief shelf-life. They appear to have operated according to a fundamentally stoic attitude of 'Them’s the breaks.'"

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Anonymous Walt said...

That so much of their work is of a quality and craftmanship that puts most contemporary three chord pop music to shame, and they knew it was only gonna get performed a few times!

3:55 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

On another note, Steve Sailer once mentioned that "producers aren't dying to make 'The Johann Sebastian Bach Story' because composing a new masterpiece for Sunday church services each week while raising 20 children didn't leave Bach much time for self-inflicted drama" -- "La Vie en Rose".

2:37 PM  

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