|1. Sinf To Cant No.29|
|2. Air On A G String|
|3. Two-Part Invention in F|
|4. Two-Part Invention in B flat|
|5. Two-Part Invention in d|
|6. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring|
|7. The Well-Tempered Clavier: Book I: Prld And Fugue No.7 in E flat|
|8. The Well-Tempered Clavier: Book I: Prld And Fugue No.2 in c|
|9. Chorale Prld 'Wachet Auf'|
|10. Brandenburg Con No.3 in G: I. Allegro|
|11. Brandenburg Con No.3 in G: II. Adagio (First, 1968 Version)|
|12. Brandenburg Con No.3 in G: III. Allegro|
|13. Initial Experiments|
Played this way, Bach really *moves*. It makes you want to
move, too. You can't get it out of your head, and you don't
want to. Now that I know it's still available I'm getting
the boxed set, but if you only get one album, get this one.
Granted, these performances do not compete with the kinds of things that people can do with synths and computers nowadays. But it certainly was VERY different when it originally came out. It opened whole new vistas that Carlos and others have been exploring ever since. The VERY free rendering of the second movement of the 3rd Brandenburg can still hold its own with some of the latest synth stuff.
The last track ("Initial Experiments") is an added bonus. It consists of Carlos explaining some of the ideas that were originally tried when doing the recording, along with some of those cast-off takes. For the technically inclined, something that's especially interesting is an explanation of "tuned white noise", which is one of the timbres that I could not figure out how to reproduce when I had an electronic music class in college (in the late 70's), and had to fight with a Moog similar to what Carlos used. The instrument was a beast -- getting one sound just right could take hours.
Do you absolutely HAVE to own this recording? Not unless you're a music history professor, or a collector of historic recordings. But it's still just as much fun as it was back then.