Wonderful Sinfini Review of The Complete Bach Edition on USB
We have had our first fantastic review for 'The Complete Bach Edition' on USB, from Sinfini Music.
"Just the idea that the thing itself contains almost every note of Bach’s music is enough to send a shiver down the spine"
You can also enter their competition to win a copy of your own.
"Warner Classics' Complete Bach Edition - 153 CDs worth of just about every note that JS Bach wrote - is now available on an ultra-portable, plug-and-play USB stick. Andrew Stewart found it remarkably easy to use and enjoy. Sinfini Music is also offering one lucky reader the chance to win this new release.
Johann Sebastian Bach understood the power of archives. In company with his family and pupils, the composer worked towards the end of his life to create an authoritative collection of his manuscripts. There’s no doubt he would have loved what Warner Classics have done with their acclaimed Complete Bach Edition. The CD version of this set, the first complete recorded Bach edition, filled 153 discs and appeared on the Teldec label exactly a year before the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death in 2000. Although the recordings were made over a period of 41 years and in a variety of historically informed performing styles, the consistent quality of the music making and its palpable sense of freshness helped make the whole somehow greater than the sum of its considerable parts. The edition’s reissue on a tiny USB flash drive may be pretty mundane by modern feats of digital compression. But just the idea that the thing itself contains almost every note of Bach’s music is enough to send a shiver down the spine.
Although designed for computer use, I began by plugging the flash key into my CD player, pressed play and began to listen to the first of over 157 hours of music. I didn’t want to stop! The MP3 sound is good, perhaps a bit opaque but not washed out or without focus. But the real joy of USB Bach comes when you plug him into a computer. Navigating the contents is easy, whether you’re a Mac or PC user. I tested the flash drive on a Macbook and a new laptop with Windows 8. Both machines gave quick access to the Complete Bach Edition menu page, from which you can select individual works or movements or opt to copy all and sundry, from music to booklet notes and a bonus documentary about the composer, to your computer’s hard drive. It’s the ultimate portable Bach library, as good as it gets when you consider the possibilities it offers for broadening and deepening life in a world of turmoil and disintegration.
Artists: Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gustav Leonhardt, Concentus musicus Wien, Ton Koopman, Il Giardino Armonico, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood, etc.
Andrew Stewart has written about classical music since the mid-1980s for, among others, the Independent, BBC Music Magazine, Classic FM magazine, Classical Music, Music Week and The Strad."