Steinway & Sons launches its own record label with this stunning debut of keyboard works by Johann Sebastian Bach. Jeffrey Biegel brings a sparkle to these Baroque gems (see his mesmerizing performance here), engineered and produced by 15-time Grammy winner Steven Epstein at the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase, NY.
Steinway & Sons has dominated the piano manufacturing industry since its 1853 founding in New York City. That elusive sound, captured brilliantly on Bach on a Steinway, has also won over the greats from Rachmaninoff to Irving Berlin, Horowitz to Lang Lang, jazz legend, Duke Ellington to pop star, Billy Joel. It's why Colorado Public Radio's state-of-the art performance studio houses a Steinway Grand Model D (9 feet long), Biegel among the distinguished pianists who has played it. Perhaps master Bach himself would have preferred a Steinway had he the luxury of playing the modern-day piano. In lieu of knowing, we'll just have to imagine. Bach on a Steinway is a convincing case.
See previous CDs of the Week here.