QUOTE(Chimpyang @ Aug 29 2005, 05:22 PM)
Quite a lot of Baroque Music is less emotional, altho Bach did write a bit of stuff tht can be interpreted with emotion.
Frankly, if it's not interpreted with emotion, it's not interpreted at all. Baroque music gets a reputation for being bland through being interepreted pedantically: there seems to be this opinion that romantic music can be made as lush as one can, classical music can be interpreted 'a bit' but baroque music has to be played as flatly as one can get away with. Baroque music can be played full of feeling - pull the ornaments around, make the parts sing, build up tension then finally resolve it, improvise on repeats....
Has anyone heard Andrew Manze and Rachel Podger's recording of Bach's double violin concerto? It puts a big grin on my face every time I listen to it. On the other end of the emotional scale, if you can get hold of a copy, listen to Prelude and Fugue No. 12 from WTC I. I'd advise to skip Gould - I think he missed the point on it - Schiff's take is not at all bad though. It's one of the most moving pieces of music I've heard.
(Sorry, won't hear a bad word said against Bach