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BACH, JOHANN SEBASTIAN (1685–1750)

The Brandenburg Duets

Bach’s Brandeburg Concertos (arr. for Piano Duet by Eleonor Bindman)


  • Eleonor Bindman, piano
  • Jenny Lin, piano

Unlike the only published piano duet arrangement by Max Reger, which has serious performance limitations, Eleonor Bindman’s new transcription of the Brandenburg Concertos highlights their polyphony, imagining how Bach might have distributed the score if he had created four-part inventions for piano duet. With an equal partnership between the two instrumentalists, using the modern piano’s full potential to convey the unique scoring and character of each work, the concertos are ordered to create an engaging listening sequence.

This recording was made on a modern instrument: Steinway, Model D, No. 590904.

Tracklist

Disc 1
 
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046 (arr. E. Bindman for piano 4 hands) (1721) (00:19:00 )
1
I. Allegro moderato * (00:04:30)
2
II. Adagio * (00:03:29)
3
III. Allegro * (00:04:14)
4
IV. Menuetto - Trio I - Polacca - Trio II * (00:06:44)
 
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048 (arr. E. Bindman for piano 4 hands) (1718) (00:10:00 )
5
I. Allegro moderato - II. Adagio * (00:06:47)
6
III. Allegro * (00:03:33)
 
Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050 (arr. E. Bindman for piano 4 hands) (1721) (00:22:00 )
7
I. Allegro * (00:10:02)
8
II. Affettuoso * (00:05:56)
9
III. Allegro * (00:05:44)
Disc 2
 
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BWV 1051 (arr. E. Bindman for piano 4 hands) (1721) (00:17:00 )
1
I. Moderato * (00:08:13)
2
II. Adagio ma non tanto * (00:03:32)
3
III. Allegro * (00:05:14)
 
Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049 (arr. E. Bindman for piano 4 hands) (1720) (00:16:00 )
4
I. Allegro * (00:07:27)
5
II. Andante * (00:03:52)
6
III. Allegro * (00:04:51)
 
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047 (arr. E. Bindman for piano 4 hands) (1721) (00:12:00 )
7
I. Allegro * (00:05:02)
8
II. Andante * (00:03:39)
9
III. Allegro * (00:02:54)
* World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:35:43

The Artist(s)

 Eleonor Bindman Among Eleonor Bindman’s many piano arrangements and compositions are Mussorgsky’s A Night on Bald Mountain and a set of original piano works for children, An American Calendar, published by Carl Fischer, Inc. In the past few years, she has been focusing on the music of J.S. Bach, arranging many instrumental and choral excerpts into Stepping Stones to Bach, a multi-volume set for easy/intermediate solo piano. Her Brandenburg Duets, a new arrangement of the six Brandenburg Concertos for piano four-hands, were a best-selling Grand Piano Records release in 2018 and the Orchestral Suites, also for piano four-hands, are forthcoming.
Jenny Lin

Jenny Lin is one of the most respected young pianists today, admired for her adventurous programming, exceptional technique, sensitive touch and charismatic stage presence. Her orchestral engagements have included the American Symphony Orchestra, the NDR and SWR Radio Symphony Orchestras, and the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai. Her concerts have taken her to Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Kennedy Center, MoMA, Stanford LIVE, and the National Gallery of Art, as well as appearances at festivals such as Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart and BAM’s Next Wave, the Spoleto Festival USA, Kings Place (London), the Chopin Festival (Vienna), and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in Germany.

Born in Taiwan and raised in Austria, Jenny Lin studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna, the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, and at the Fondazione internazionale per il pianoforte in Italy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in German literature from Johns Hopkins University. She is a Steinway Artist.

For more information, visit www.jennylin.net.

The Composer(s)

Johann Sebastian Bach Johann Sebastian Bach belonged to a dynasty of musicians. In following inevitable family tradition, he excelled his forebears and contemporaries, although he did not always receive in his own lifetime the respect he deserved. Despite widespread neglect for almost a century after his death, Bach is now regarded as one of the greatest of all composers. Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis numbers, abbreviated to BWV, are generally accepted for convenience of reference.

Reviews

“The new set is complete and very musical. It will give you a fresh look at some of Bach’s greatest works in piano arrangements that work quite well.” – American Record Guide

“A wonderful recording.” – Piano News

“You should definitely not miss this version. She [Bindman] is very original and very, very special. Highly recommended.” – Stretto

“Bindman and Jenny Lin really lean in to this freedom, swinging when Bach allows, and never staid or boring when things get more thoughtful or academic.” – Music for Several Instruments