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Offline XB-70 Valkyrie

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NON-HIP Bach: Bach on unusual instruments
« on: December 01, 2008, 09:06:16 PM »
I'm afraid I have no recommendations to make here--unless you're a HIP fanatic and regard a piano or valved trumpet as an unusual instrument for Bach's music. I'm interested in recommendations of Bach's music on unusual instruments that respect the music as Bach wrote it--I'm not really interested in jazz adaptations (Jacques Louiesser) in this thread, although I have nothing against them in principle. How about Bach on ukelele? Digeridoo? Bandoneon? C'mon, THINK, people!!!
If you really dislike Bach you keep quiet about it! - Andras Schiff

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Re: NON-HIP Bach: Bach on unusual instruments
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2008, 10:13:04 PM »
...unless you're a HIP fanatic and regard a piano or valved trumpet as an unusual instrument for Bach's music...
Drat - you beat me to the punch!  ;)

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Re: NON-HIP Bach: Bach on unusual instruments
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2008, 06:40:38 AM »
The strangest (non) instrument Bach recordings I know of are by the Swingle Singers, sort of a scat meets Bach.  Although Bobby McFerrin does have a Bach dvd that's very strange too.   You can see some of his work at YouTube.
If that's not strange enough, here's a Youtube recording of Bach on Bagpipe.  Not really to my taste...  8)

Also, Andre Isoir has recorded all of Bach's works on calliope.  Is that strange enough?  Although the calliope is suspiciously like an organ, so it may be too conventional for you.
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Re: NON-HIP Bach: Bach on unusual instruments
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2008, 06:43:51 AM »
How about the Goldbergs on accordion - Denis Patkovic on the Hanssler Classic label.

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Re: NON-HIP Bach: Bach on unusual instruments
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2008, 06:51:17 AM »
Ooh, George Field has recorded Bach on harmonica (google or search amazon).

You asked for Bandoneon, here's Bandoneon. :D

I think that you can do the rest of the google searches yourself as I'm having trouble coming up with more "strange" instruments.

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Re: NON-HIP Bach: Bach on unusual instruments
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2008, 06:51:55 AM »
Die Kunst der Fuge by the Berliner Saxophon Quartett


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Re: NON-HIP Bach: Bach on unusual instruments
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2008, 07:12:53 AM »
Switched on Bach?
Moog synthesizer.
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Re: NON-HIP Bach: Bach on unusual instruments
« Reply #7 on: December 02, 2008, 03:53:15 PM »
Now that I think of it...


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Re: Brian Slawson, Bach on Wood
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2008, 06:31:53 PM »
Imaginative percussion.

http://www.amazon.com/Bach-on-Wood/dp/B000002629/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1228518049&sr=1-1
"Bach on Wood" -  ::)

That one actually looks like it might sound interesting, though...

Hmm...

Can't find any samples of it online, though.  :-\
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Re: NON-HIP Bach: Bach on unusual instruments
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2008, 07:21:26 PM »
I've always liked the Canadian Brass' take on the Art of Fugue...
The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.
The motions of his spirit are dull as night,
And his affections dark as Erebus.
Let no such man be trusted.

-- William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

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Re: NON-HIP Bach: Bach on unusual instruments
« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2008, 12:47:59 AM »
I recommend 'Bach in Brazil' from EMI.

This is Bach played by a Choro group on guitars, percussion, contrabass and summat called the cavaquinho

They tackle bits of The Italian Concerto, Two-part invensions, Double Violin Concerto, Brandenburgs, partitas etc. It works...it works well.

Mike
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