The Complete Bach Edition on USB
The Edition will be available in stores from 20th April, and online from the 29th April
Richard Morrison from The Times reviewed The Complete Bach Edition now on USB.
“Bach on a stick comes in handy”
To hold the equivalent of 155 CDs in your hand is to feel like William Blake when he saw the world in a grain of sand
I realised, of course, that it was technically possible. But seeing it lying there is still slightly spooky. Johann Sebastian Bach was not only (in most musicians’ opinion) the greatest of them all. He was also stupendously prolific. He wrote hundreds of cantatas, reams of instrumental music and three of the five greatest choral masterpieces in history. (Name the other two!) Now the complete recordings of just about every note he composed — the equivalent of 155 CDs — have been collected together and put on one USB memory stick. To hold it in your hand is to feel like William Blake when he saw the world in a grain of sand.
Although some of the recordings are decades old, one must credit Warner Classics for coming up with the idea. And for flogging the memory stick for as little as £120 (under a special deal with independent record dealers) or £180 thereafter. That works out at about 15p for each Bach opus.
And how apt that Bach should be the first classical composer to be comprehensively memory-sticked. Given his own fascination with new technology (he wrote 48 preludes and fugues to celebrate a new tuning system), I’m sure he would have loved having all his music on a gadget the size of his little finger. Handel, by contrast, might have been horrified. The stick would make it too easy to spot all the bits he recycled from earlier pieces, or pinched from other composers.
Richard Morrison - The Times
March 29 2013