Tell Fellner plays Bach

I’m currently in love with Till Fellner’s new album of Bach’s 2- and 3-part inventions. There are hundreds of recordings of this repertoire out there, but the thing I like about this one is that it combines a breezy and relaxed interpretation with the “big white room” acoustics of an ECM recording.

The trick to not hating this record and then feeling like you’re not smart enough to appreciate it is to listen to it in three sittings – the 2-part inventions, then the 3-part inventions, then the French suite. Bach never planned for anybody to sit through all this music together, and it really is much more beautiful in small doses.

If you prefer a bit of string music, you might consider this version by Janine Jansen and friends.

Janine Jansen plays Bach


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