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Bach 4 Kids / Andrew Rangell

Release Date: 10/04/2019
Label: Steinway & Sons Catalog #: 30111
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach Performer:  Andrew Rangell

"Bach 4 Kids" is a recital containing 19 vivid and varied keyboard selections by Johann Sebastian Bach. The pieces are mostly short, and the program of modest size, both scaled, one might say, to the attention span of a child. Yet Bach’s genius provides, in this half hour, a remarkable concentration of substance and of detail – inviting, and requiring, repeated listening.

R E V I E W:

Pianist Andrew Rangell has been doing unconventional projects for a long time (book him for the Ives "Concord" Sonata sometime and see if he'll whistle the optional flute part). He is not the first pianist to record an album for children, but he may be the first to use his name in nickname form (Andy Rangell) as a part
Read more thereof. The album accompanies a children's cartoon, included here on DVD, which deals with a pair of blue pajamas. The cartoon is drawn and narrated by Rangell himself, also probably a first, and is itself accompanied by Bach's music, again played by Rangell. This is worthwhile in itself. It used to be that young people got a wide, if not systematic, exposure to classical music through cartoons, and the idea is worth reviving. As for the Bach 4 Kids album itself, Rangell plays it straight. The music isn't simplified in any way, but he does offer small chunks and single movements, rather than multi-movement structures. They include a lot of the famous tunes from Bach's instrumental music. Rangell favors upbeat pieces, and he cultivates a direct style appropriate to the occasion. Sample the Allegro from the Italian Concerto, BWV 971. Will it appeal to kids? Try it out on some in your circle; the probable answer is yes.

-- AllMusic Guide
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