Music Matters on YouTube: Bach, Chopin & Shostakovich from La Grua Center

Music Matters on YouTube: Bach, Chopin & Shostakovich
with Michael Bahmann
Saturday, February 20 at 5pm

Prerecorded at La Grua Center and aired on our YouTube channel. A private link to the concert will be shared with ticket holders approximately 2 hours prior to the start of the event, and again 15 minutes before the start of the event.

MICHAEL BAHMANN, 1886 Chickering concert grand

Affinity Connecting Bach, Chopin, and Shostakovich

Bach Prelude No. 1 in C, WTC I
Shostakovich Prelude No. 1 in C, Op. 87
Chopin Prelude in F, Op. 28, No. 23
Bach Fugue No. 11 in F, WTC I
Chopin Etude No. 1 in f
Bach Fugue No. 12 in f, WTC I
Bach Prelude No. 20 in a, WTC I
Shostakovich Fugue No. 2 in a, Op. 87
Chopin Prelude in c#, Op. 45
Bach Fugue No. 4 in c#, WTC I
Bach Fugue No. 1 in C, WTC I
Shostakovich Fugue No. 1 in C, Op. 87

Not long ago, pianist/harpsichordist/organist Michael Bahmann was putting together a series of solo recitals centered around Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. He was struck by the remarkable parallels between this seminal collection of studies of key and mood and the similar great tonal canvases by Frédéric Chopin and Dmitri Shostakovich. Each in his different way, the three composers delve into the essence of how keys and intervals relate to each other, and how the choice of key can determine moods ranging from the deepest contemplation and reverie to angular, almost surreal sketches. Michael grouped six pairs of preludes and fugues that share note groups – though never in the same order – and, often enough, complementary textures.

The sonorous, finely nuanced 1886 Chickering concert grand lends its own dimensions of depth, fine shading of touch, and chiaroscuro to Michael Bahmann's multi-hued playing. Natural-light video and sumptuous, transparent stereo assure that the music comes first. • Michael talks about his solo recital, aptly titled Affinity, in an accompanying interview, recorded during the recording session.

Tickets $10. Visit our website to purchase.


Michael Bahmann is equally at home on both the fortepiano and the harpsichord and occasionally also performs on the modern piano and the organ. His teachers include Karl Engel, Mack McCray on the piano, and John Gibbons on the harpsichord. He holds degrees from the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik und Theater Hannover, the San Francisco Conservatory, and the New England Conservatory. Michael is a founding member of the Musicians of the Old Post Road with whom he has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival concert series, at early music festival in Indianopolis, Regensburg, and Mexico City, and has recorded several CDs for the Meridian label.

As a soloist or recitalist he also performed at the festivals of Radio France, Koenigslutter, Aixen Musique, Simiane la Rotonde, and for the Chicago symphony chamber concerts, Bay Chamber Concerts, Museum Concerts of Rhode Island, among others and toured with the baroque orchestra Musica Aeterna of Bratislava. In 2005 he was invited to direct Handel’s Orlando for the Festival de Antibes. As a longstanding member of Music of the Baroque of Chicago he has recorded several concerti for harpsichord for Fine Arts Radio Network.

Michael Bahmann is artistic director of Musica Maris, a concert series dedicated to performing music from the 17th to the 19th centuries on period instruments. He is music director and organist at the United Congregational Church of Little Compton. In his spare time he works as an organ voicer for Fratelli Ruffatti of Padova.

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