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Jeremy Denk

Genius, Wit

by B.A. Nilsson October 10, 2013

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  Bach’s Goldberg Variations run about the length of an early Marx Brothers movie, but conceal their humor more deftly. Like the movies, the variations are episodic, drawing from long-standing entertainment traditions, but lacing those traditions ...

Union College Memorial Chapel

Timeless Virtuosity

by B.A. Nilsson January 12, 2012

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The all-time, go-to, everybody-loves-it sonata for violin and piano was written in 1886 by César Franck. Edison had patented a recording device eight years earlier, and this piece gave musicians something to record on ever ...