Calefax, Paul Jacobs, Claire Chase & Friends: Playing With Bach
February 27, 2017

Calefax Reed Quintet / Paul Jacobs, organ / Claire Chase, flute / Orion Weiss, piano / Grand Electric


300 years on, the music of J. S. Bach continues to act as a kind of playground for both performers and composers who both play and transcribe his music. Hear innovative Bach transcriptions and paraphrases, both playful and serious, which pay homage to the master while carrying his music into the 21st century. Performers include the Calefax Reed Quintet (“engagingly atypical,” New Yorker), organist Paul Jacobs (“one of the major musicians of our time,” New Yorker), flutist Claire Chase (“spectacular,” New Yorker), pianists Orion Weiss ("virtuosity to spare," Washington Post) and Aaron Wunsch ("masterful," Hartford Courant), and electric guitarist Mark Dancigers (“entrancing,” New York Times).



J S Bach — Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, arr. Calefax

J S Bach — Sinfonia from Cantata No. 29, arr. Paul Jacobs

J S Bach — Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565, arr. Salvatore Sciarrino

J S Bach — Excerpts from Bach Cantatas, arr. György Kurtág

J S Bach — Chorale Preludes, arr. Frederico Busoni

J S Bach — Preludes from the Well Tempered Clavier, arr. Grand Electric (Mark Dancigers, electric guitar & Aaron Wunsch, piano)


Watch & Listen

Hear organist Paul Jacobs perform his own version of Bach’s Sinfonia, BWV 29:


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