August 5, 2010

Andrew Litton discusses Bach Day at the BBC Proms, 2010

Andrew describes Bach as "the root of all classical music" in this BBC video.

The grand finale to Bach Day featured arrangements for orchestra made across almost a century. They range from the subtly coloured ballet score that William Walton drew from several of Bach's cantatas to the thunderous reinventions of organ works that begin and end the concert. Also appearing are Grainger's 'ramble' on 'Sheep may safely graze', Malcolm Sargent's recasting of 'Air on the G String', Granville Bantock's treatment of the popular chorale 'Sleepers, awake!' - and two special commissions from young composers who offer their new reimaginings based on movements from Bach's sonatas for solo violin and for viola da gamba.