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  •  I have still never heard a recording (1+ / 0-)
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    of the Bach #6 that I liked.  Perhaps it just doesn't record very easily because of the low registers of the cellos and viola de gambas.  I hope I'm pleasantly surprised by that, some day, though.  I suspect it sounds great in live concert.

    If you have any really top-flight LPs that you're proud of, you can make yourself a Youtube God by ripping them to Mp3 and uploading them to Youtube.  One of the nice things about ripped vinyl LPs is that they don't have encrypted DRM shit in them the way CDs do.

    I actually prefer piano for a lot of Bach's music.  It's nice to have a choice.  The Bach Brandenburg #5, though, I think benefits most from a piano.  (Rudolf Serkin on the piano in the Casals recording.)  Peter Serkin plays harpsichord in the same piece as part of the orchestra.  I think it's a matter of how much you need or want the keyboard to stand out, because the piano is rather bold while harpsichords are rather shy, timid things in comparison.  That long badass keyboard solo in the #5 first movement just doesn't sound the same at all when it's played on harpsichord.  To me, it's the heart of the piece.

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      I like both Goldberg and Menuhin. I find on Archiv-Music that recordings of both are available, but I don't know when they were recorded. I bought the Goldberg in the fall of 1960. I gave it away when I was switching to tape cassettes, but that did not work out, and I bought the Menuhin about 1987 as an LP. I still have it.
      I have had little access to harpsichords and have played a little Bach on piano and electronic keyboard. I once had the Prelude in C major from Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, book 1, memorized. People have told me I can really make a piano sound like a harpsichord. You say you like the loudness of a piano. I think loudness would be a serious problem with Tchaikovsy's Concerto no. 1 for Harpsichord and Orchestra.
      I understand that Bach only encountered pianos in his later years at the court of Frederick the Great and was not impressed.

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