Andrew Rangell channels his inner child in a delightful recording of short pieces scaled for a child's attention span - but perfect for everyone.
The album includes "Peter Pajamas", a companion video for children, illustrated and narrated by Rangell.
Steinway & Sons has released Bach 4 Kids (STNS 30111) from concert pianist Andrew Rangell, an album featuring 19 vivid and varied keyboard selections by Johann Sebastian Bach. Each short piece was specially selected for the attention span and educational benefit of younger classical music listeners, but the music ultimately provides lasting gratification to all, regardless of age or experience.
Around the age of 10, Rangell first heard recordings of Glenn Gould playing Bach, and from then on, he wished to explore the works of this great composer. Gradually, Rangell came to realize another consequence of the Bach/Gould musical relationship: a growing and pleasurable interest in Bach's use of polyphony and counterpoint, which worked in tandem to weave independent voices together to create a total, beautiful work. Soon, Rangell’s musical pursuits deepened and he began to notice that Beethoven, Brahms, even Chopin, all incorporated polyphonic elements into their own characteristic styles.
On this album, Rangell returns to the composer who sparked his youthful interest, performing selections from classics such as The Well-Tempered Clavier, the French Suite in G Major, and the Goldberg Variations—and likely inspiring the next generation of young musicians in the process.
“Rangell's deep affection for the music projects itself strongly.”
“Rangell has opened up whole dimensions in these works... Sublime is an overused word, but Rangell’s performance is nothing if not sublime.”
The New Criterion
Bach 4 Kids / Andy Rangell • STNS 30111
Release Date: 10/04/2019
Sinfonia No. 4 in D Minor, BWV 790 recorded December 20 – 21, 2018 at the Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, Massachusetts. All other tracks previously released.
Executive Producer: Jon Feidner
Editing/Mastering: Brad Michel
Art Direction: Jackie Fugere
Design: Cover to Cover Design, Anilda Carrasquillo
Production Assistant: Renée Oakford
Cover illustration: Andrew Rangell
Back Cover illustration: Robert Gale
Photo of Andrew Rangell: Bill Fried
About the Artist
Andrew Rangell enjoyed drawing pictures long before he began studying piano at age nine. He drew many pictures even while attending The Juilliard School, which nonetheless awarded him a doctoral degree in piano (and exhibited his cartoons in the library). Andrew Rangell is now a much-admired concert pianist and recording artist. His more than 30 CDs encompass 4 centuries of keyboard music, from Sweelinck and Gibbons to Schoenberg, Fartein Valen, and Christian Wolff.
Bach's music (keyboard and otherwise) has anchored Andrew Rangell's musical life. His recording career began with an acclaimed interpretation of the Goldberg variations, F- sharp minor toccata, and the 2 Ricercares from The Musical Offering. Subsequent Bach recordings include the Six Partitas, the Six French Suites, the Well-Tempered Clavier, book 1, the Art of Fugue, and many smaller works. Recently Mr. Rangell has also, for future release, recorded the complete Inventions, Sinfonias, and English Suites. Bach 4 Kids has been selected from the above collections.
About Steinway & Sons label
The STEINWAY & SONS music label produces exceptional albums of solo piano music across all genres. The label — a division of STEINWAY & SONS, maker of the world’s finest pianos — is a perfect vessel for producing the finest quality recordings by some of the most talented pianists in the world.