Exploring the Dark Side of Bach

From the Taunton Daily Gazette:

Dorian Komanoff Bandy and harpsichordist and Fall River resident Paul Cienniwa will present the second part of their recital-series “Bach Explored.” 

Posted Jan. 7, 2015 @ 12:15 pm
Updated at 12:24 PM 
 
NEW BEDFORD — On Wednesday, Jan. 28, violinist Dorian Komanoff Bandy and harpsichordist and Fall River resident Paul Cienniwa will present the second part of their recital-series “Bach Explored.” Each program focused on a different aesthetic facet of Bach’s musical language, surveying its roots in music of his contemporaries and forebears.
They started in October with “Bach the Dionysian,” and continue on Jan. 28, with “Dark Visions.” The second program probes the deepest reaches of human expression, from the musical ars moriendi to violinistic depictions of grief and despair.
Finally, “Bach the Apollonian” on Wednesday, April 8, closes the series on an exalted note, with grand, heavenly sonatas by two generations of composers. The featured composers are: Johann Sebastian Bach, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Georg Friedrich Händel, Johann Christian Hertel, Johann Mattheson, Jacobus Nozemann, Johann Georg Pisendel, Johannes Schenck, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Jakob Walther, and Johann Paul Westhoff.
Bach’s works for violin and harpsichord are the only sonatas of their vintage to have entered the standard repertoire. Despite modern-day popularity, they were composed as humble essays in an already rich and thriving tradition — a tradition stretching back three generations before Bach’s birth. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the violin sonata was Germany’s primary outlet for instrumental experimentation, expression, and virtuosity, and its exponents redefined the violin’s technical and musical boundaries.

IF YOU GO
Bach Explored
WHO: Dorian Komanoff Bandy, baroque violin, with Paul Cienniwa, harpsichord
WHAT: A series of concerts surveying the roots of Bach’s musical language
WHERE: New Bedford Art Museum/Artworks!, 608 Pleasant St., New Bedford
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 28 and April 8
COST: $20 suggested donation
MORE INFO: Call 617-466-9042 or visit paulcienniwa.com/itinerary.

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