Re: Bach

Re: Bach

by Lara St. John
3.0 6

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Re: Bach 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this album from Barnes & Noble in Orlando for my father's radio station, and we are already using it on air. I don't know how they did it, but they have made Bach smoothly palatable to the average person, while also including a few raw arrangements like the duet with Trilok Gurtu, an amazing Indian tabla player who I've seen in concert. That was a surprise! We need more modern Bach recordings like this. If you enjoy Bach's intricately stable geometric compositions, there will be at least two or three cuts on this baby that will delight your ears and mind. Too bad Hilary Hahn was unable to create on this level.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"re: Bach" is loud, crass and full of bad ideas of what to do with Bach's music. And it is almost completely lacking in charm and nuance. The sound of the violin - which can be heard throughout the album and has the lead melody most of the time - sounds positively ridiculous inside the pop environment, pretending to be a cool sax or jazzy flute. And it's sound?! St. John is probably the only violinist I know who can make a Strad, the most beautiful sounding violin in the world, sound crude. The only redemption is the Indian tabla player, as unlike St. john, doesn't make a fool out of himself. But even he doesn't make "re: Bach" worth your hard- earned cash.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The electronic back beats and synthesized accompaniment are at best distracting, and at worst, overpowering, some of the most beautiful playing. This CD went to the trash can after one listening.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this album to be a great delight. Arabic and Indian influences abound. The duet with Trilok Gurtu is amazing. If you enjoy Bach, you have to like at least one cut on this baby.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved Bach for many years. Lara's take is both refreshing and inviting. Great for cruising down the freeway after work!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Exposing Lara as a dim-witted, foolish musician, this recording can only harm her already diminishing career. It’s puzzling that there are some out there who find this recording to be anything more than banal, outdated pop music. Certainly among the weakest recordings Sony ever released. I’ll be very curious to see what will be her next release for Sony. In fact, I'll even be surprised if there will be a next one, after such a complete dud.