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Anything goes with Bach, and recent recordings play that up
Anything goes with Bach, and recent recordings play that up

Wednesday night in Walt Disney Concert Hall, the probing Hungarian pianist András Schiff begins the third round in his three-season survey of Bach's major keyboard works suitable for piano by playing the six "English" Suites. Pianistic "purity" is Schiff's style, entering into the essence of the notes and their vast implications for expression and meaning. But when it comes to Bach, anything goes. Do with the music what you will. It welcomes abuse, loving or otherwise. And everything goes with Bach. There is no musical environment in which Bach's music can't comfortably abide. CHEAT SHEET: Fall arts preview That is why, year after...

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