The Moog Strikes Bach - Hans Wurman
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KHCD-2013-006DL (STEREO) - The Moog Strikes Bach...to say nothing of Chopin, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Paganini and Prokofieff - Hans Wurman performs on the Moog Synthesizer - Following the popularity of Switched-On Bach (released by Columbia in March 1968), RCA Records in 1969 commissioned Sonart Productions and keyboardist/conductor/composer Hans Wurman to create an album using the then-new Moog Synthesizer. Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor was the big draw for the album (to tie-in with Columbia's "Switched-On…"), but the LP also contained works by Chopin, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Prokofieff, and Wurman's own "Thirteen Variations on a Theme of Paganini", using the same theme as the familiar Rachmaninoff work. Critical and consumer response was moderately favorable, generating another album, titled Chopin À La Moog, in 1970. Wurman's approach to his interpretations is more intimate than Walter/Wendy Carlos' over-the-top presentation, including the recorded sound itself. Quite fun to listen to, especially after over forty years since its release.