Bach To Moog: A Realization for Electronics & Synthesizer

In January 2015, Moog announced that for the first time in more than 30 years, we would once again build the large format modular synthesizers first introduced by, Dr. Robert Moog in 1964. 2015, the 50th anniversary year of Moog synthesizers also marks the 10th anniversary of the passing of Dr. Robert ‘Bob’ Moog (1934-2005), inventor of the Moog synthesizer.

To mark these anniversaries, Sony Music is issuing ‘Bach to Moog’ – a brand-new album showcasing the reissued Moog Modular Synthesizer, as well as the modern generation of Moog synthesizers, which presents the glorious works of Johann Sebastian Bach in a compelling and contemporary way. The album is produced by American-born composer, arranger and record producer Craig Leon, famous for his work with The Ramones and Blondie, as well as his work in the classical arena with such leading artists as Luciano Pavarotti, Joshua Bell and Sir James Galway. Leon is also celebrated for his seminal synthesizer albums from the 1970s, Nommos and Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1 which were re-released in 2014 to great acclaim to a new generation of electronic music fans. On Bach to Moog, Leon blends his love and mastery of classical music, electronic music and synthesizers and is joined by acclaimed British classical violinist, Jennifer Pike (the youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition) alongside the Sinfonietta Cracovia.

In 1968, the album ‘Switched On Bach’ inspired many musicians of the time to explore the wondrous new world of synthesized music making. This ground-breaking album was the first ever to take standard classical repertoire and interpret it solely on a device which generated new sounds electronically. Although there had been research and sonic experiments earlier, it was after this breakthrough release that the synthesizer entered the mainstream of modern experimental and pop music recording.

Incorporating a live ensemble, modern multitrack recording techniques, and a violin virtuosa, Leon's ‘Bach to Moog’ album integrates the Moog modular synthesizer into the orchestra as a solo instrument, in ensemble and also as a processor of other instruments. Excitingly, this is also the first album to be recorded utilizing the newly re-issued Moog System 55 Modular Synthesizer, which duplicates and modernizes the iconic Moog modular synthesizers of the 1970s and adds here the modular synthesizer to the palette of a modern classical orchestra.

'Bach to Moog' is available for pre-order here.

Album Preorder Links

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/lc-bachtomoog

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/lc-bachtomoog-cd

 

Bach to Moog, the new album from composer, arranger and producer Craig Leon, showcasing the newly re-issued Moog System 55 Modular Synthesizer featuring the works of Johann Sebastian Bach is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.

Tracklisting:

1. PRELUDIO FROM THE VIOLIN PARTITA NO. 3 IN E MAJOR 

2. "JESU MEINE FREUDE" FROM THE CANTATA "HERZ UND MUND UND TAT UND LEBEN" 

3. ARIOSO (SINFONIA) FROM THE CANTATA "ICH STEH MIT EINEM FUß IM GRABE" 

4. TOCCATA AND FUGUE in D MINOR 

5. SICILIANO FROM THE VIOLIN SONATA NO. 4 IN C MINOR 

6. BRANDENBURG CONCERTO NO.  4 IN G MAJOR  MVMT 1: Allegro 

7. BRANDENBURG CONCERTO NO. 4 IN G MAJOR  MVMT 2: Andante

8. BRANDENBURG CONCERTO NO. 4 IN G MAJOR  MVMT 3: Presto

9. AIR FROM THE ORCHESTRAL SUITE NO. 3 IN D MAJOR 

10. ARIA FROM THE GOLDBERG VARIATIONS 

11. 14 CANONS ON THE GOLDBERG GROUND 

(Note: The titles are not in the final sequence)

 

 

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