Album of the Week: Three stars make music for your dinner party

I’d had high hopes for the J S Bach trios announced by Nonesuch with Chris Thile, Yo Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer.

Now I’m not so sure.

Read the Lebrecht Album of the Week here and here.

And here.

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  • Yo-Yo is premiering the Salonen Cello Concerto. Let’s see him record that, rather than this junk, which does him no credit. One might as well transcribe Bach for two poodles, cello, and kazoo. (The last time he premiered a contemporary concerto, the Carter Cello Concerto, was with Daniel Barenboim in Chicago, and he never recorded it; there are now three commercial recordings of that work, with Fred Sherry, Johannes Moser, and Alisa Weilerstein, but no Yo-Yo. (Actually, the mandolin was not unknown as a classical instrument during the Baroque period, as Vivaldi wrote concertos for that instrument.)

  • Chris Thile needs to go back to playing bluegrass and singing, because he has no place in playing classical, much less Bach. There’s always a jazzy swing in everything he plays, I personally find it nauseating.

  • I have no comment to make about the music but just to note my astonishment at the huge heaps of food on the plates of those in the illustration for the article.

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