Sony Classical has released Bach To Moog, an album that’s expected to be the first created with Moog Music’s reissued System 55 modular synthesizer.
Bach To Moog – by composer, arranger and producer Craig Leon – recalls the 1968 Walter/Wendy Carlos album, Switched On Bach, which was many listeners’ introduction to the possibilities of synthesizers.
While the Carlos album was arranged entirely for synthesizer, though, Bach To Moog positions the synthesizer as a performance instrument, along with traditional classical instruments.
In the above video, Leon and his ensemble perform Siciliano from the Bach Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017.
Above, is a perhaps more ‘switched on’ arrangement, the Preludio from the Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006
Finally, the video below captures a live performance of Bach’s well-known Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565.
The career of Craig Leon has bridged the worlds of classical and popular music. He’s produced albums by The Ramones, Blondie, The Bangles, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Berlin, Shonen Knife and others. In the world of classical music, Leon has produced and arranged classical albums by Joshua Bell, Sir James Galway, Luciano Pavarotti and others.
Leon is also known for his own electronic compositions, including Nommos and The Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music.
With Bach to Moog, Leon builds on his experience in classical music, electronic music and synthesizers. In addition to the Moog System 55, the arrangements feature British classical violinist Jennifer Pike and the Sinfonietta Cracovia.