Jazzy Bach

I wrote last year about classical music that had undergone something of a transformation in various ways.  In that post, I referenced Jacques Loussier's arrangement of J S Bach's Air on a G String. I was reminded of this recently when I heard a jazzed-up version of some more of Bach's work.  The piece played on…

Epic ruination or guilty pleasure?

One of Tchaikovsky's greatest works for piano, his Concerto No 1 in B Flat Minor, Op23 was nearly ruined forever in the early 1980s by one of the UK's most beloved orchestras. Here is a recent performance by the world-famous virtuoso Lang Lang and the Orchestre De Paris. In 1981, at the height of the disco era,…