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March 21, 2012

Birthday gift: Nine hours of Bach for less than a buck

Bach's birthday -- March 21, 1685 -- is being celebrated with a gift from eOne, which is relaunching the vintage Bach Guild label.

Through Friday, nine hours of Bach's music can be downloaded for one low, low price of 99 cents. Yes, folks, I said 99 cents. And if you download in the next 20 minutes, we will throw in this Japanese knife set -- whoops, wrong promotion.

This really is a deal, considering what's included (the price goes up to a still-cool $9.99 on Friday). Among the artists on The Big Bach Set are Andras Schiff, Joseph Szigeti, Antonio Janigro, and the English Chamber Orchestra.

A complete B minor Mass, all the Brandenburgs and Orchestral Suites, and a whole lot more fill the nine hours.

It's all available through Happy Bach-ing.

Posted by Tim Smith at 5:31 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Clef Notes


Alas, it seems it's only available via downloads....

I tried to order this but Amazon sadly will not sell to anyone outside the United States. Sad!

That seems crazy. I guess there's always a catch. Sorry. TIM

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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