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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.

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Tracklist

Disc 1
 
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, BWV 1046 (arr. E. Bindman for piano 4 hands) (1721) (00:19:04 )
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) (00:10:28 )
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) (00:21:47 )
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) (00:17:06 )
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) (00:16:24 )
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) (00:11:40 )
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

Eleonor Bindman

Praised for her ‘lively, clear-textured and urbane’ Bach performances and her ‘impressive clarity of purpose and a full grasp of the music’s spirit’, New York-based pianist, chamber musician, arranger and teacher Eleonor Bindman was born in Riga, Latvia, and began studying the piano at the E. Darzins Special Music School at the age of five. After her family emigrated to the United States, she attended the High School of Performing Arts while studying piano as a full scholarship student at the Elaine Kaufmann Cultural Center, New York. She received a BA in music from NYU and completed her MA in piano pedagogy at SUNY, New Paltz under the guidance of Vladimir Feltsman.

Her recital appearances have included Carnegie Hall, The 92nd Street Y, Merkin Hall, and Alice Tully Hall; concerto appearances have included engagements with the National Music Week Orchestra, the Staten Island Symphony, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, the New York Youth Symphony, and the Moscow Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra.

Bindman has made recordings as a soloist and as part of Duo Vivace with pianist Susan Sobolewski. She is the author of several piano compositions and transcriptions, including Mussorgsky’s A Night on Bald Mountain and a set of original piano works for children, An American Calendar, published by Carl Fischer, Inc.

For more information, visit www.eleonorbindman.com.

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.

Reviews

“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