J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Albert Einstein and Universal Spirituality

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor is not only a religious work, but a spiritual one. In other words, it transcends the theology of Christianity on which it is based and applies itself to a broader category of feeling that we call ‘spirituality’. This is what the eminent music scholar Yoshitake Kobayashi meant when… Continue reading J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Albert Einstein and Universal Spirituality

The Top Ten Violin Concertos of All Time

My list of the ten greatest violin concertos is a highly personal choice, and subject to amendment depending on: my mood, glorious new recordings, or a particularly brilliant live performance. However, I think I’ve listed the very best examples of the form here (although leaving out Bruch, Szymanowski and Bartok wasn’t easy). 1. Ludwig van… Continue reading The Top Ten Violin Concertos of All Time