If you love the music of J.S. Bach, tune in on Wednesday, August 15 at 12:10 p.m. to listen to his Brandenburg Concertos in a way you’ve never heard before. Pianist Eleonor Bindman, praised by The New York Times for her “impressive clarity of purpose and a full grasp of the music’s spirit,” performs selections from her impressive piano 4-hand arrangement of the Brandenburg Concertos with host Debra Lew Harder.
“Playing Bach’s music is deeply gratifying, and twice as joyful when the experience can be shared with a partner.” That belief led Eleonor to undertake the massive project of transcribing the Brandenburg Concertos for piano duet (4-hands.)
The only published version for piano 4-hands that exists is composer Max Reger’s from 1906 — an arrangement many acknowledge as unwieldy at best. Eleonor will speak with Debra about her inspiration for writing these arrangements, and how transcribing Bach’s orchestral lines for modern piano evokes the “truly majestic essence” of the music in a new way.
Eleonor Bindman was born in Riga, Latvia, and emigrated to the U.S. with her family as a child. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in N.Y.C., and earned her B.A. in music from N.Y.U. She later earned her M.A. in piano pedagogy at SUNY New Paltz under Vladimir Feltsman.
She has an extensive recording, arranging, and composing career. Her performance of her transcriptions of the Brandenburg Concertos was just released on Naxos’ Grand Piano Label in March 2018, under the name “The Brandenburg Duets,” with pianist Jenny Lin as her duet partner.
Eleonor and Debra will perform selections from “The Brandenburg Duets,” Eleanor’s arrangements for piano 4-hands of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos:
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, first movement (Allegro moderato)
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F Major, second movement (Adagio)
Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major, third movement (Allegro)