Claron McFadden and Chris Hinze Perform J.S. Bach

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January
2011

The music of Johann Sebastian Bach is indestructible, which is possibly one reason why it easily transfers to other instruments and genres, often at quite a distance from what he originally intended or was capable of imagining (or possible) during his lifetime.

It doesn’t take much to notice that great musicians of many varieties are drawn to Bach’s music, each taking something personal, something that touches them. On occasion they transform his music into a deeply intimate expression of their imagination and unique voice.

The video below is a fine example.

American soprano Claron McFadden, who branches out from her usual world of opera and oratorio, and Dutch flutist Chris Heinze update a famous Bach work—the second movement, “Largo,” from the Harpsichord Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056—by arranging it in a popular vein.

Their performance, taken from the Dutch television program Vrije Geluiden, is arresting.

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