Bach in NYC
The music of Johann Sebastian Bach has been a force of immense power in the the evolution of Western music. It has influenced many composers and performers including Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Robert Schumann, and Mendelssohn. Virtually every composer studies Bach’s music for its structure and musical language before developing their own individual style. While not widely recognized during his lifetime, today Bach’s music is revered for its intellectual and emotional depth, technical command, and artistic beauty.
Bach in NYC is a music video project created by New York City-based classical violinist Dr. Kinga Augustyn. Dr. Augustyn explains: "While recording the Telemann Fantasias in 2015, I became inspired to revisit and reinterpret my favorite composer, J.S. Bach, on a more intimate and deeper emotional level than I had ever done before. This passion quickly developed into pioneering this new video project, which travels to different churches throughout the five boroughs of NYC. It features the first ever complete video performance of the Three Sonatas and Three Partitas, in addition to other works inspired by J. S. Bach. It seems I am the type of violinist who typically does something "old" for the first time!."
The performances are recorded inside several New York City churches and synagogues noted for their outstanding acoustics and beautiful interiors.
As of September 2018, four parts with the following works have been recorded on location at:
St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church. 2345 University Ave., Bronx, New York City
J.S. Bach: Sonata No. 2 for Solo Violin in A-minor, BWV 1003
To watch the performance of all four movements, click here.
Saint Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Church, 101 East 7th Street, New York City
J.S. Bach: Partita No. 3 in E-major, BWV 1006
Eugene Ysaye: Sonata No. 2
The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7420 4th Ave., New York City
J.S. Bach: Partita No. 1 in B-minor, BWV 1003
Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd, Forest Hills, New York
J.S. Bach Sonata No. 1 for Solo Violin in G-minor, BWV 1001