“This is what I have to say about Bach’s life’s work,” Albert Einstein once remarked. “Listen, play, love, revere—and keep your trap shut.” But how can anyone listen to the “divine” music of Johann Sebastian Bach and not wonder about a man now synonymous with classical music and, in many ways, high-brow culture itself? In Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven, Sir John Eliot Gardiner,
not only one of the world’s leading conductors, but also a preeminent
interpreter of Bach’s music, takes us inside the music—listening,
playing, loving, and revering, as Einstein asks—to take us inside the
man. Opposing the traditional view of Bach as almost God-like in his
musical perfection, Gardiner unearths the imperfections of a very flawed
artist who struggled with spiritual faith as well as secular authority.
For anyone who’s ever felt intimidated by “BACH,” Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven
will guide you into the world of Bach and allow you to experience the
compelling humanity (foremost Bach’s own) embedded in every note. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Making the 'Divine' Bach Human Again."
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